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6:10 PM ET, January 17, 2013


 Top News: 
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
Deadspin's editor-in-chief explains editing, reporting behind Manti Te'o story  —  Deadspin Editor-in-Chief Tommy Craggs says Timothy Burke and Jack Dickey were faced with a tough question when reporting their now famous Manti Te'o story: “What lengths do we go to to try and prove a negative?”
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
Reporting in The Times on Football Star's Nonexistent Girlfriend Was Glancing, but Still Troubling  —  The truly strange - and still unfolding - tale of the Notre Dame football star and his nonexistent dead girlfriend has lessons for journalists, including those at The Times.
Steve Buttry / The Buttry Diary:
Linking and checklists could have prevented journalists from Manti Te'o ‘girlfriend’ hoax embarrassment  —  Last year I blogged about four reasons linking is good journalism.  Make it five.  —  Journalists who practice thorough linking to provide context and attribution for their stories …
Jack Shafer:
Manti Te'o and the press get blitzed  —  Deadspin's exposé of Notre Dame star linebacker Manti Te'o's nonexistent girlfriend — which does double duty as an exposé of the dozens of news outlets that accepted his word that she had been injured in a car wreck and then died of leukemia …
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
Deadspin's Burke: Te'o story shows ‘diminished role’ of investigative journalism  —  Deadspin's widely circulated report on Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o's began with a tip.  Timothy Burke and Jack Dickey got an anonymous email last week saying: “Hey, you know, something is fishy …
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
Notre Dame football player Te'o girlfriend hoax 'became truth through the media"
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:   Wikipedia plans to expand mobile access around the globe with new funding
Byron Tau / Politico:
Survey: Users trust social media as news source  —  Voter trust in political information from Facebook, Twitter and other social media services is now on par with that in traditional news sources, according to a new survey shared with POLITICO.  —  Recent years have seen candidates increasingly devoting …
Discussion: newsplexer and @michaelroston
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Lawrence Wright Publisher Defends Book Against Church Of Scientology Claims  —  NEW YORK — The Church of Scientology has been thinking for some time how to handle Lawrence Wright's highly-anticipated book hitting shelves Thursday, “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief.”
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Rolling Stone finally comes to iPad, with buy links to iTunes  —  In a May 2011 interview with AdAge, Rolling Stone founder and publisher Jann Wenner memorably described magazine publishers' embrace of the iPad as “premature” and spurred by “sheer insanity and insecurity and fear.”
Choire Sicha / The Awl:
Take A Minute To Watch The New Way We Make Web Headlines Now  —  The great menace in headlines in 2011 was that either every headline was “11 Ways to X” or that it was “Y Happens to Z [SLIDESHOW].”  You know, whatever our pals at Business Insider and Huffington Post's Celebrity Sideboob's page were doing.
Discussion: BuzzFeed and newsplexer
Dave Itzkoff / ArtsBeat:
Biden Getting an Autobiography From The Onion (Whether He Wants It or Not)  —  “Hombre, you've just done Uncle Joe a real solid buying this book,” begins the foreword to a new autobiography attributed to Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. “I ain't the kind of guy who forgets his debts.
Discussion: Mediaite and The Huffington Post
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Tinypass, Andrew Sullivan's Favorite Paywall Operator, Gets a CEO and Some Cash  —  Big month for Tinypass, the little company that helps publishers sell content online.  —  On Jan. 2, blogger Andrew Sullivan announced with much fanfare that he was using Tinypass to power his experiment in self-publishing …
Alexander C. Kaufman / The Wrap:
BuzzFeed Story on Gun-Toting Journalists Infuriates Reporters (Updated)  —  BuzzFeed political editor McKay Coppins has a target on his back after posting a story Thursday that turned a sardonic eye on the shooting range trips of a cadre of well-known New York journalists.
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Amazon opens music store for Apple devices, songs start at 69 cents  —  Amazon is making another major push to chip away at Apple's dominance in online music with the launch of an MP3 store optimized for devices like the iPhone and the iPod touch.  The store, with a catalogue of 22 million songs …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
YouTube Is Ready to Invest in Vevo, but the Deal Isn't Done  —  YouTube is set to make another big investment in a content partner.  This time around it's Vevo, the music video site.  —  YouTube and its owner Google have agreed to buy a minority stake in Vevo, according to people familiar with the deal, which hasn't been finalized.
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Advance Publications Buys Digital Agency Pop To Assist Transition to Digital  —  Agency Will Continue to Operate Independently  —  Advance Publications, parent company of Conde Nast and magazines like Wired, Vogue and Vanity Fair, has acquired Pop, a digital ad agency based in Seattle.
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest and GeekWire
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
TMZ video of murder condemned by victim's family  —  Family brands US gossip website ‘disgusting’ for posting video of man's murder during brawl outside Hollywood club  —  The family of a man shot dead in a brawl outside a Hollywood nightclub have condemned the US gossip website TMZ as …
Jeff Blagdon / The Verge:
Aaron Swartz's embattled prosecuting attorney releases first statement, says conduct was ‘appropriate’  —  US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz is breaking the silence on her office's prosecution of Aaron Swartz.  After extending her sympathy to those affected by Swartz's death …
Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
Bradley Manning denied chance to make whistleblower defence  —  Judge rules that Manning will not be allowed to present evidence about his motives for the leak - a key plank of his defence  —  Bradley Manning, the US soldier accused of being behind the largest leak of state secrets in America's history …
Lance Armstrong's Last Legacy Is A Content Farm  —  His career is over, and his reputation in shambles.  But, a health and fitness website founded with his support, surges on.  In 2008, Livestrong — the cancer awareness and survivorship foundation originally created by Lance Armstrong …
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Philly Guild, owners find room to negotiate
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Dan Sabbagh / @dansabbagh:
Spoken to a banker at one of the firms named in the Telegraph FT for sale piece and he says not us. You can buy FT off me for £1bn instead.
Issandr El Amrani / The Arabist:
Should Journalists Interview People As They Are Being Tortured?
Michael Miner / Chicago Reader:
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Al Gore:
Worrisome Change to the New York Times' Ability to Cover Climate
Chris Hughes / The New Republic:
Chris Hughes Introduces The New New Republic
Discussion: @alexismadrigal
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
The Sun's 22nd journalist arrested under Operation Elveden
Choire Sicha / The Awl:
‘Newsweek’ Takes Bold Stance Against Tumblr's Struggle for Profit
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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
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