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5:40 AM ET, December 9, 2013


 Top News: 
David Carr / New York Times:
Where Freedom of the Press Is Muffled  —  In China on Thursday, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. spoke plainly about the role of a free press in a democratic society.  —  “Innovation thrives where people breathe freely, speak freely, are able to challenge orthodoxy, where newspapers …
Discussion: @carr2n and Naked Security
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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: @parislemon, @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 …
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