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9:50 AM ET, December 18, 2013


 Top News: 
Committee to Protect Journalists:
Second worst year on record for jailed journalists  —  For the second consecutive year, Turkey was the world's leading jailer of journalists, followed closely by Iran and China.  The number of journalists in prison globally decreased from a year earlier but remains close to historical highs.
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
71 journalists killed in 2013 ‘in connection with their work’  —  In 2013, 71 journalists were killed in connection with their work, some 20% fewer deaths than the year before, according to the Paris-based press freedom body, Reporters Without Borders (RSF).
Nina Ognianova / Committee to Protect Journalists:
Turkey—world's top press jailer once more  —  For the second year in a row, our prison census shows, Turkey jailed more journalists than any other country.  The number of journalists behind bars is 40; down from the 61 reporters in October 2012, and less than the 49 we recorded on December 1, 2012.
Al Jazeera English:
Over 200 journalists still jailed worldwide  —  Turkey, Iran and China top list of world's worst jailers of journalists in 2013, with most held on anti-state charges.  —  Turkey, Iran, and China accounted for more than half of the over 200 journalists still imprisoned worldwide as of December 1 …
Discussion: @joelcpj
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Time Inc. out of Forbes race  —  Time Inc. Chief Content Officer Norm Pearlstine  —  Time Inc. is out of the running to buy Forbes, Media Ink has learned.  —  The publishing giant has been rumored to be a top contender.  Forbes was recently put on the block and Deutsche Bank …
Discussion: AdAge
Craig Silverman / Poynter:
The best and worst media errors and corrections in 2013  —  Error of the Year: ‘60 Minutes’ Benghazi report  —  As is often the case with Error of the Year, the award is given partly because of the mistake itself, and partly because of the mistake's fallout.
Brian Morrissey / Digiday:
Bloomberg Media Poaches GE Exec Paul Marcum  —  Newly installed Bloomberg Media CEO Justin Smith has made his first major hire in his tenure with the addition of GE marketing exec Paul Marcum.  —  Marcum, a three-year veteran of GE, will join Bloomberg on Jan. 13 as its head of global digital innovation …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Al Jazeera weighs bid for $1 billion Turkish pay-TV firm Digiturk: sources  —  (Reuters) - Television broadcaster Al Jazeera is considering a bid for a majority stake in Turkish digital pay-TV operator Digiturk, three banking sources aware of the plans said, in a move by the Qatar-backed broadcaster to further expand its footprint.
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
News of the World managing editor 'didn't know of Milly Dowler hacking'  —  Stuart Kuttner said he knew nothing of phone hacking before being shown an email he sent to Surrey police in 2002, jury told  —  The former managing editor of the News of the World said he had no recollection …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Times publisher reports pre-tax losses of £24m  —  Times Newspapers Limited pays out £14m to departing directors, including chief executive Tom Mockridge  —  The publisher of the Times and the Sunday Times has reported a pre-tax loss of £24m, as payouts …
Hunter Walk:
$400 for The Information Is About What's Missing, Not What's There  —  What are we, less than two week's into Jessica Lessin's launch of The Information?  As a subscriber I've read every article and enjoyed the majority.  I applaud Jessica for staking out a high pricepoint …
Discussion: @jason_kint and @monkbent
Peter Osnos / The Atlantic:
Beijing and Moscow's media crackdown has deflected attention away from Washington's own shoddy treatment of journalists  —  Beijing and Moscow's media crackdown has deflected attention away from Washington's own shoddy treatment of journalists.  —  While much of the recent attention focused …
Jim Schachter / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Breaking audio out of radio's boundaries  —  What do I think 2014 will bring for the future of news?  —  You can detect the near-term future in what we can see with our own eyes right now.  When I was an editor at The New York Times, I gradually watched the newspapers on my morning train commute give way to smartphones and tablets.
Discussion: @markstencel
Lisa Williams / Investigative News Network:
Rafat Ali to join Investigative News Network Board  —  Entrepreneur Rafat Ali is joining the board of the Investigative News Network.  Ali, who is currently the CEO of Skift, a media startup that covers the travel & leisure industry, was also the founder of PaidContent …
Rich McCormick / The Verge:
Walt Mossberg's final Wall Street Journal column looks back on two decades of tech  —  After 22 years of insightful and important commentary on consumer technology, Walt Mossberg has written his final column for The Wall Street Journal and its All Things D tech blog.
Natasha Clark / Press Gazette:
Croydon Citizen launches print edition after hitting £2,000 crowdfunding target  —  Online news magazine The Croydon Citizen is launching its first print edition today after raising more than £2,000 via a crowdfunding website.  —  The free magazine will be handed out at train stations …
Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Lessons in the crowdsourced verification of news from Storyful and Reddit's Syria forum  —  One of the most powerful trends in media over the past year is the crowdsourced verification of news, whether it's the work of a blogger like Brown Moses or former NPR journalist Andy Carvin.
Arjun Narayan / Guardian:
Despite rise of Android tablets, Google still isn't serving magazine publishers  —  Opinion: Google must do more to help magazine publishers if digital editions are to flourish on the Android platform  —  This year, Android-powered tablets began outselling Apple's iPads for the first time.
Angela Washeck / 10,000 Words:
Ebyline Launches Pitch Board to Better Connect Seasoned Freelancers and Publishers  —  It can be hard out there for a freelancer.  The avalanche of emails, stiff competition, low pay and ignored invoices all make it a real challenge.  —  That's why Ebyline, a conduit between digital publishers and writers …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
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Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
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