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4:35 PM 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
Discussion: @joelcpj
Al Jazeera English:
Over 200 journalists still jailed worldwide
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.
John Eggerton /
FCC unanimously supports plan to eliminate sports blackout rules  —  FCC Approves NPRM On Sports Blackout Rule  —  Leagues Can Still Make Them Part of Negotiated Agreements  —  The FCC has voted unanimously to support a proposal to eliminate the sports blackout rules.
Brash Agent at William Morris Extends Reach in IMG Merger  —  Over the past two decades, Ari Emanuel has climbed — brashly, ruthlessly — into Hollywood's power center with one position in mind: king.  —  With a nighttime raid on his own office files at International Creative Management in 1995 …
Alexandra Steigrad / WWD:
John Koblin Named Styles Reporter at Times  —  John Koblin has been named The New York Times' new styles reporter, a position previously held by Eric Wilson, who left the paper to become InStyle Magazine's fashion news director, WWD has learned.  —  Koblin, a reporter for sports blog Deadspin …
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
‘Hatching Twitter’ Book Optioned For TV Show Development By Lionsgate  —  New York Times' columnist Nick Bilton's book Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal, on the dramatic origins of Twitter, has been optioned by Lionsgate for production as a TV show.
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: FishbowlNY
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 …
Hollywood Reporter:
Jeff Zucker has approached Jay Leno about new show on CNN, say sources  —  Jay Leno in Demand: CNN's Jeff Zucker Among Suitors  —  How in demand is Jay Leno?  The most watched late-night host, who will be without a TV job in February when NBC transitions The Tonight Show to Jimmy Fallon, has been approached by some unlikely suitors.
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
The Conservative Media Arms Race Coming To An Internet Near You  —  Last week, with two high-profile acquisitions, a conservative media company catapulted itself from successful but largely below-the-radar company to a player with a portfolio that could make it the next news empire on the right.
Discussion: FishbowlDC
John McDermott / Digiday:
NPR's $10 Million Digital Bet  —  Even though its broadcast ratings remain steady, NPR (National Public Radio) is making moves to become more of a tech player in order to stay relevant in the mobile media era.  That's why NPR is putting nearly $10 million toward the creation of a new Web and mobile platform due out in 2014.
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.
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Discussion: @jpmarcum and FishbowlNY
Peter Osnos / The Atlantic:
Beijing and Moscow's media crackdown has deflected attention away from Washington's own shoddy treatment of journalists
Angela Washeck / 10,000 Words:
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