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11:50 AM ET, December 9, 2013


 Top News: 
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
The not-so-quaint charm of the email newsletter  —  In spite of today's obsession with social networks, the email newsletter remains a potent vector for the dissemination of news and for driving traffic back to websites.  It comes with one condition, though: reintroducing a human touch.
Discussion: @jayrosen_nyu, @niemanlab and @qz
Jordan Chariton / TVNewser:
David Remnick Joins NBC for Sochi Olympics  —  David Remnick, the editor of the The New Yorker, has been hired by NBC Olympics boss and former “Today” EP Jim Bell for NBC's Sochi coverage.  — reports the Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist, a Russophile who is fluent in Russian …
Hadas Gold / Politico:
NYT Public Ed: Forsythe could join Times  —  New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan had an interesting and perhaps prophetic line in Sunday's paper: In a column about the growing problems facing foreign journalists in China, Sullivan suggests that ex-Bloomberg reporter Michael Forsythe …
Discussion: New York Times
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
New Yorker, Washington Post Passed On Seymour Hersh Syria Report  —  NEW YORK — Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh accused the Obama administration Sunday of having “cherry-picked intelligence” regarding the Aug. 21 chemical attack in Syria that served as evidence for an argument …
Peter Lauria / BuzzFeed:
How To Use The Media To Sell A Company  —  “Time Warner Cable's Next CEO Ready to Sell If Price Is Right,” blares the headline of a Bloomberg story published Friday morning.  The headline isn't as informative it sounds, however: a basic operating principle of mergers and acquisitions reporting …
Discussion: @peterlauria3 and @jimpoco
Dan Caterinicchia / Poynter:
College websites seeing mobile migration, but not all are ready  —  Website traffic at the University of Oregon's Daily Emerald was less than 1 percent mobile in 2010.  This year, it's 39 percent and growing.  And while visits on desktops have more than doubled to 951,000 since 2010 …
Discussion: @doughaddix and @elanazak
Alastair Reid /
Trinity Mirror launches ‘socially-shareable data journalism’ site  —  Ampp3d, Trinity Mirror's new project for “socially-shareable data journalism”, launches today to “explore both the day's news agenda and a range of topics that people care passionately about”, according to the site.
Discussion: Guardian and @martinbelam
Erik Hayden / Hollywood Reporter:
Brian Stelter Officially Debuts as CNN's ‘Reliable Sources’ Host  —  Though he's appeared as a guest host since August, Sunday marked the official debut of host Brian Stelter on CNN's Reliable Sources.  The former New York Times reporter introduced himself before launching into a briskly paced hour of interviews.
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Afraid of Free Speech, on Many Fronts: PEN, Google, China, Goliath  —  Free societies depend on free-swinging critiques, even those that are “unbalanced” or “go too far.”  —  On Wednesday afternoon, as previewed earlier, I got to serve as moderator for a panel of four very eminent writers …
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Naomi Sharp / Columbia Journalism Review:
The future of longform
Edward Moyer / CNET:
Saving the Net from the surveillance state: Glenn Greenwald speaks up (Q&A)
Discussion: Forbes and @wblau
Richard Parker / Columbia Journalism Review:
At Jake Silverstein's “amped up” Texas Monthly, water policy, immigration, and BBQ are all cover stories
Caitlin Dewey / WorldViews:
Of the 7,776 languages in use in the offline world, fewer than five percent exist online
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Politico, Hill Reporters Get Rare Access For Hillary Clinton Book
 Earlier Picks: 
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Jessica Lessin talks about paywalls, The Information and the virtues of knowing who your audience is
Margaret Looney / IJNet:
Knight Lab's Joe Germuska: “We have to find room for the big experimental ideas”
Once piracy havens, China's Internet video websites turn police
Discussion: Kirk LaPointe's …
Nicole Levy / Capital New York:
Remnick: ‘New Yorker’ mulled biweekly route, once
Discussion: and @nbj914