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9:15 PM ET, December 8, 2013


 Top News: 
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
The Thorny Challenge of Covering China  —  HOW do major American news organizations write about a Communist country with the world's second-largest economy — a country that doesn't believe in press rights and that punishes tough-minded coverage?  —  Aggressively?  Cautiously?  Fearlessly?
Kathy Chu / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Media Firms Stymied in China
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Peter Lauria / BuzzFeed:
How To Use The Media To Sell A Company  —  Recent stories about a potential sale of Time Warner Cable offer a master class in the subtle semiotics of dealmaking.  A reader's guide.  —  Bloomberg  —  Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images  —  “Time Warner Cable's Next CEO Ready to Sell If Price Is Right …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Politico, Hill Reporters Get Rare Access For Hillary Clinton Book  —  NEW YORK — When CNN recently canceled a Hillary Clinton documentary, Charles Ferguson, the film's director, lashed out at the former secretary of state's aides.  —  Ferguson suggested that longtime Clinton protector Philippe Reines …
Caitlin Dewey / WorldViews:
Of the 7,776 languages in use in the offline world, fewer than five percent exist online  —  How the Internet is killing the world's languages  —  Less than five percent of current world languages are in use online, according to a recent study by prominent linguist András Kornai …
Richard Parker / Columbia Journalism Review:
At Jake Silverstein's “amped up” Texas Monthly, water policy, immigration, and BBQ are all cover stories  —  At Jake Silverstein's “amped up” Texas Monthly, water policy, immigration, and BBQ are all cover stories  —  AUSTIN, TX — From his posh office on the 17th floor, Jake Silverstein …
Erik Hayden / Hollywood Reporter:
Brian Stelter Officially Debuts as CNN's ‘Reliable Sources’ Host  —  The hour included a brief segment looking at the conflict of interest of CNN's Chris Cuomo interviewing his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.  —  Brian Stelter  —  Though he's appeared as a guest host since August …
MG Siegler / Medium:
Let It Full-Bleed  —  On the importance of images and layout in writing.  —  Load up your favorite tech blog.  Or almost any blog, really.  There's a good chance it looks like s**t.  There's a better chance that the reading experience is even worse.  And we put up with it, day in and day out.
Discussion: @jess and @parislemon
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Jessica Lessin talks about paywalls, The Information and the virtues of knowing who your audience is  —  Former Wall Street Journal reporter Jessica Lessin got some attention when she left the newspaper six months ago to start a new online news venture, and this week she launched the project …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Profile: Time editor Nancy Gibbs, an insider navigating declining revenue at an iconic brand  —  Her ‘Time’  —  On a Thursday afternoon in October, Nancy Gibbs, who shattered a glass ceiling the previous month when she became the first woman to reach the top of Time's masthead …
Discussion: @cschweitz and @tmcgev, Thanks:@steverubel
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
We Wrote a Heartbreaking and Terrifying Post about Viral Content without Lists or GIFs.  Then You Clicked on It, and Magic Happened. … PinIt InstapaperPocketEmailPrint  —  As long as people have been publishing, they've been trying to figure out what will make large numbers of people burn …
Once piracy havens, China's Internet video websites turn police  —  (Reuters) - The website of China's biggest Internet video company Youku Tudou Inc was once a haven for illicit Hollywood blockbusters and hit South Korean soap operas, until it realised piracy really doesn't pay.
Discussion: Kirk LaPointe's …
Margaret Looney / IJNet:
Knight Lab's Joe Germuska: “We have to find room for the big experimental ideas”  —  What started as an idea for creating tools for local media in Chicago three years ago has evolved into an innovation hub for the global journalism and technology community.  —  The Knight Lab at Northwestern …
Tom Gara / Corporate Intelligence:
Behind the FCC's Intervention in a $985 Million Local TV Deal  —  The TV business has been on a furious consolidation drive this year, with billions of dollars worth of mergers and acquisitions snapping up the companies that bring broadcast TV to local markets across the country.  But a letter from
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Keach Hagey / Wall Street Journal:
FCC Asks Sinclair to Revise Plans to Use ‘Sidecar’ Companies
Jennifer Howard / Wired Campus:
Elsevier forces to take down research papers shared by their authors  —  Posting Your Latest Article?  You Might Have to Take It Down  —  Guy Leonard received an unpleasant surprise in his inbox early this morning: a notice from saying it had taken down a copy …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Elsevier Continues Its Efforts To Stifle The Sharing Of Knowledge To Pump Up Its Own Profits
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Nicole Levy / Capital New York:
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Discussion: @nbj914
Jack Shafer:
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Hamish McKenzie / PandoDaily:
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Discussion: Kiesow 8.0 and @hamishmckenzie