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8:15 AM ET, February 12, 2014

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J.C. Stearns / Free Press Blog:
US plummets to #46 in Global Press Freedom Rankings  —  According to a new report from Reporters Without Borders, there was a profound erosion of press freedom in the United States in 2013.  —  After a year of attacks on whistleblowers and digital journalists and revelations about mass surveillance …
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Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
UK slips down press freedom index due to harassment of the Guardian  —  US also registers fall in latest world press freedom index  —  Major declines in media freedom in countries as varied as the United States, Central African Republic and Guatemala are highlighted in the latest annual …
Will Oremus / Slate:
The Rise of the Facebook Truthers  —  Journalists will believe anything about the social network, as long as it's totally outlandish.  —  Something about Facebook makes journalists lose their minds.  How else to explain the seemingly unending procession of stories based on wild speculation and implausible conspiracy theories?
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Adam Weinstein / Gawker:
Business Insider Changed its Story on Buzzfeed
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Buzzfeed CEO: Here's Why Facebook Isn't Crushing Us
Henry Taylor / The Media Briefing:
BuzzFeed's native advertising: are they really making ads you want to share?  —  BuzzFeed is a business built on sharing.  That doesn't just mean shareable articles, it also means shareable ads.  But do people really want to share this branded content?  We thought we'd take a look …
Thanks:@rorybrown
Reuters:
Turkish editor hits out at media coercion under Erdogan  —  (Reuters) - A prominent Turkish newspaper editor has openly decried government pressure on the media, saying journalists live in fear, in unusually blunt criticism of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's leadership months ahead of elections.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and @pamukhum
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Are publishers overselling social traffic at the expense of search?  A dialogue with Danny Sullivan … You may have seen my column yesterday on the rise of content designed for social sharing — a category that for me includes everything from pure-viral outlets like Upworthy to more newsy but still sharing-optimized sites like Quartz.
Discussion: @niemanlab
Reuters:
Longtime NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw diagnosed with cancer  —  Veteran news anchor Tom Brokaw, the face of “NBC Nightly News” for more than two decades, has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer affecting blood cells in the bone marrow, but is hopeful about the outcome of his treatment, the network said on Tuesday.
Discussion: NBC News, Mediaite and @nickkristof
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Why the NYT published the general location of a planned drone strike and the AP held back  —  New York Times Editor: Government Requests To Hold Info Are ‘Almost Blanket Policy’  —  NEW YORK — The Associated Press revealed Monday that the U.S. government is considering a drone strike …
Discussion: New York Times
Gideon Spanier / London Evening Standard:
Net-A-Porter's glossy mag is raising hackles at Vogue  —  The glossy world of fashion magazines hasn't seen a war like this for years.  Porter, a new print title published by online retailer Net-A-Porter, is going head to head with Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and other established names.
Ian Traynor / Guardian:
Edward Snowden asylum demand dropped by European parliament  —  MEPs fail to reach consensus on amendment to inquiry calling on governments to assure NSA whistleblower of his safety  —  The European parliament is to ditch demands on Wednesday that EU governments give guarantees of asylum …
Discussion: @janalbrecht
Nick Vivarelli / Variety:
MacNeil/Lehrer Productions Teams Up With Al-Monitor For Middle East Web Specials  —  MacNeil/Lehrer Productions and Washington-based website Al-Monitor.com have teamed-up to produce a series of Web video specials on Middle East politics titled Trendlines to be streamed on the PBS NewsHour webiste …
Richard Kastelein / TV App Market:
Nearly 70% of Europeans download or stream films for free  —  Nearly 70% of Europeans download or stream films for free, whether legally or illegally, according to a new European Commission study on audience behaviour.  It also finds that 40% of smartphone owners and more than 60% of tablet owners watch films on their devices.
Discussion: infojustice
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
ITV to launch female-focused channel  —  ITVBe will be free to air and focus on lifestyle and reality TV, including shows such as The Only Way is Essex  —  ITV is to launch a new female-focused, free-to-air channel, called ITVBe, which will become the home of shows including The Only Way is Essex.
Discussion: @nickyguttridge
Alex Kantrowitz / AdAge:
Mozilla To Sell Ads In Firefox Web Browser  —  Mozilla Will Serve Ads Within Tiles Of Its New Tab Pages  —  Mozilla will soon sell ads within its Firefox browser, the company announced Tuesday.  —  Wait, what?  Mozilla made itself the villian of the online ad business early last year …
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
For journalism students in Sochi, covering Olympics is ‘pretty f-ing epic’  —  They left a day early to miss a snow storm, took a detour to Amsterdam and waited in some serious (and kind of dangerous) lines at Olympic Park, but after a few days, a team of student journalists are reporting from Sochi.
Discussion: @tayim and @poynter
Paul Mooney / Nieman Reports:
The state of journalism in China, 25 years after Tiananmen  —  The state of journalism in China, 25 years after Tiananmen  —  A deadly crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Beijing's Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989, continues to reverberate.  In the photo illustration above …
Discussion: @david__moser and @niemanreports
Matt Waite / Drone Journalism Lab:
Drones, journalism, the FAA and the crackdown that isn't a crackdown  —  Since last week when a Connecticut TV station employee tried to use a drone at a fatal accident scene and was reported to the FAA by the local police, I've been getting a lot of calls from reporters asking if the FAA is cracking down on drone journalism.
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Michael Melia / Associated Press:   Drones Create New Ethical Minefields For Journalists
 
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Steve Rubel / AdAge:
IAB Says Free Speech Depends on a Healthy Ad Ecosystem
Mallary Jean Tenore / IVOH:
David Bornstein: To create social change, focus on solutions
Discussion: @mallarytenore
Alastair Reid / Journalism.co.uk:
Why Zeit Online created team to lead investigative and data stories
Mong Palatino / Mediashift:
How One Twitter Defamation Case Casts a Shadow on Media in Indonesia
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Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Gawker creates a new writer pipeline with “Recruits”
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Jordan Chariton / TVNewser:
Carl Bernstein Joins CNN as a Contributor