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4:40 PM ET, January 7, 2013


 Top News: 
David Carr / New York Times:
Old Media's Stalwarts Persevered in 2012  —  Everyone knows that traditional media companies are dead in the water, overwhelmed by ad skipping, cord cutting and audience flight.  We know that because Chicken Littles (like me) have been saying it for years.  —  Eventually we may be right …
Adam Martin / New York Magazine:
Journal News Reporters Told They'll Be Shot Walking to Their Cars  —  After it published a map of handgun owners in two suburban New York counties, the Journal News may be the nation's most terrifying place to work as threats have been coming in against employees at every level …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
NYT: Journal News story was a hasty production
Discussion: Capital New York and FishbowlNY
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Samsung will sponsor AP tweets during CES  —  Electronics giant Samsung will provide content for tweets sent through AP's account during the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show electronics show in Las Vegas, the press cooperative says in a press release.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Atlantic Media's business site Quartz hits a milestone: more than 1 million visitors  —  Quartz, Atlantic Media's fledgling digital media brand devoted to global business and finance, is set to announce today that it reached 1.4 million unique visitors in December.
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Politico Layoffs Begin Amid Restructuring  —  NEW YORK — Since its 2007 debut, Politico has expanded its newsroom quickly while some legacy media outlets, like the Washington Post, have scaled back.  But Politico isn't immune from having to restructure in the face of industry demands, and in recent days, it has laid off some staffers.
Discussion: @michaelroston
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
Roku strikes Time Warner Cable deal, wants to be your next cable box  —  Time Warner Cable customers will soon be able to watch live television on their Roku box, thanks to a deal announced Monday at CES.  The cooperation between the two companies brings the TWC TV service …
Jim Romenesko:
Freelance Writer Says He Was Stiffed By The Daily  —  On November 26, The Daily published freelancer Robert Johnson's story, “Iran's Speed Demons.”  —  One week later, Rupert Murdoch & Co. announced they were pulling the plug on the iPad publication.  —  Johnson wonders if they also decided then to stop paying their freelancers.
Jim Romenesko:
Post-Gazette editor protests police department's news release with reporters' questions  —  The Pittsburgh Police Department on Sunday put out a press release that included two Post-Gazette reporters' email to the department with several questions for story they were working on.  —  Diane Richard
Doug Young / South China Morning Post:
Exclusive: Financial Times shops for China buyer  —  The querying of potential Chinese buyers for Pearson's Financial Times reflects the tough outlook for western print media, though chances of a Chinese deal are very slim. … Main menu  —  Three months after British media company Pearson …
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Peter Preston / Guardian:
The Financial Times needs to make a signal to the market
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
BuzzFeed parties on with launch of Hollywood site  —  Viral media beast BuzzFeed has already shaken up news coverage in New York and Washington.  Now, the site is taking its playbook to the west coast where it aspires to remake reporting on ditzes, directors and other fixtures of Hollywood.
Discussion: LA Observed
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Shop for ebooks at the grocery store, with new txtr/ReaderLink partnership  —  In an attempt to compete with Amazon and Barnes & Noble, Berlin-based ebook company txtr and U.S. print book distributor ReaderLink have partnered to sell ebooks through new outlets: grocery stores, mass merchants …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Times-Picayune cites gains as ‘60 Minutes’ chronicles cutbacks  —  Before Sunday evening's “60 Minutes” story about the New Orleans Times-Picayune's reductions in staff and print frequency, Times-Picayune Editor Jim Amoss wrote a letter to readers saying the move seems like a success so far.
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
BuzzFeed, Andrew Sullivan, and the Future of Making Money in Journalism  —  The Daily Dish's business experiment matters to the future of the Daily Dish.  BuzzFeed's business experiment matters to the future of online journalism.  —  At first blush, they would seem to have nothing to do with one another.
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Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Nancy Grace, CNN Reach Settlement In ‘Vodka Mom’ Lawsuit
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Ben Sisario / Media Decoder:
Sony and BMG Are Said to Team Up on Bid for EMI
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Journalists excluded from Indian gang-rape trial
Rob Williams / The Independent:
Veteran BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall denies sex abuse charges
Discussion: Guardian, Telegraph,, Channel 4 and BBC
Andrew Pugh / Press Gazette:
Lance Armstrong ‘could admit to doping claims’ as Sunday Times sues for £1m
Discussion: and TheAustralian
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Chinese journalists strike against censorship
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