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9:30 AM ET, December 23, 2013


 Top News: 
David Carr / New York Times:
When ‘60 Minutes’ Checks Its Journalistic Skepticism at the Door  —  Last week, a study commissioned by the president concluded that the National Security Agency had reached too far into the private lives of Americans.  The study, which came after a series of journalistic revelations exposing …
Syrian photographer killed in Aleppo
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Plan for Tribune Spinoff Raises Concerns for Future of Newspaper Operations  —  A plan by the Tribune Company to separate eight newspapers, including The Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune, from its more profitable digital and television businesses could threaten their survival …
Discussion: @carr2n and @ravisomaiya
Alastair Reid /
Trinity Mirror to launch ‘digital content innovation team’  —  Trinity Mirror have announced a new digital content innovation team for its regional newsrooms, to be headed by Alison Gow, currently editor of the North Wales Daily Post.  Gow will lead a team of three “digital content innovators” …
Felix Salmon / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The veracity of viral  —  2014 is going to be the year of a big debate about what news is — and especially about whether and how news organizations can ethically report on activity in the virtual world.  —  The first time I saw this debate take place in public was in October …
Discussion: @abrams, @rakeshlobster and @jeffjarvis
Peter Sterne / Capital New York:
Three to leave Gawker  —  John Koblin isn't the only staffer who'll be leaving Gawker Media at the top of the year.  Staff announcements over the last month at Nick Denton's digital media kingdom have been coming thick and fast.  —  Defamer editor Beejoli Shah, Gawker senior writer Camille Dodero …
Discussion: @petersterne
Derrick Harris / Gigaom:
Visualizing Google's million-row copyright claim dataset  —  Google released its latest transparency report on Thursday, and while much coverage of those reports rightfully focuses on governmental actions — requests for user data and requests to remove content — Google is also providing a trove of copyright data.
Discussion: @derrickharris
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
DC staff irked as NBC News eyes cuts  —  NBC News boss Deborah Turness is spending the last few days of the year eyeing cuts — moves that could include axing some senior on-air talent, The Post has learned.  Turness, brought on in August to shake up the moribund news division — where …
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
BBC Trust chief accused of ‘obstruction and secrecy’  —  Lord Patten criticised by MPs for blocking publication of documents relating to corporation's failed £100m IT project  —  MPs have accused the BBC Trust chairman, Lord Patten, of “obstruction and secrecy” for stopping …
Discussion: @newsbrooke and @butsurelynot
Robinson Meyer / The Atlantic Online:
Glenn Greenwald's New Media Company Is a Bespoke Firm  —  And we may be about to see a lot more like it.  —  In October, American media received a gift: The birth of a new, major publication that wouldn't be predicated on listicles or emotional headlines.  Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay …
Discussion: @zimbalist and PandoDaily
Michael Wolff on Digital Media in 2014: ‘Pretty Damn Bleak’  —  Author, essayist and media iconoclast Michael Wolff does not suffer foolishness quietly.  In recent columns for the Guardian, he outlined how Forbes manipulated the New York Times to help create an illusion of success and described the long decline of “60 Minutes.”
Discussion: @ericscherer and @mike_orcutt, Thanks:@bmorrissey
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Caroline Porter / Wall Street Journal:
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William Launder / Wall Street Journal:
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Staci D. Kramer / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Connecting the dots
Discussion: @niemanlab and Trust But Verify
Rick Perlstein / The Nation:
Why Is The New Republic Taking Money from an NSA Contractor to Run Defenses of the NSA?
Discussion: Lawfare