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10:20 PM ET, December 21, 2014


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Michael Birnbaum / Washington Post:
Facebook blocks Russian page supporting Navalny, Putin's biggest critic  —  MOSCOW — In a sign of new limits on Facebook's ability to serve as a platform for political opposition movements, Russian users appear to have been blocked from accessing a page calling for a protest in support of a prominent dissident.
Adrian Chen / MIT Technology Review:
A group of Swedish journalists and researchers wade into ugly corners of the Internet to expose trolls, racists, and creeps  —  The Troll Hunters  —  A group of journalists and researchers wade into ugly corners of the Internet to expose racists, creeps, and hypocrites.  Have they gone too far?
David Carr / New York Times:
Hacking at Sony Over ‘The Interview’ Reveals Hollywood's Failings, Too  —  Kim Jong-un, who appears to be America's newly self-appointed minister of culture, has decided that “The Interview,” the Seth Rogen film about North Korea that includes Mr. Kim's assassination, will not be released.
North Korea denies Sony hack, proposes joint inquiry with US, warns of “grave consequences” if Washington refuses
Jay Rosen / Pressthink:
In sustainable news organizations, journalists need to understand the business model, so they can more effectively create value for the business  —  When to quit your journalism job  —  When the sales people are happy to sell what the newsroom is happy to make, there you have a well-run editorial company.
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
New York Times Executive Editor says in past press gave in too readily to government pressure  —  When the Government Says, “Shhh!”  —  HOWELL RAINES remembers a call from Ari Fleischer not long after the 9/11 attacks on the United States.  —  Mr. Raines, then the executive editor of The Times …
Lisa de Moraes / Deadline:
Fox News, Fox Business Channels Go Dark On Dish As Carriage Talks Stall  —  21st Century Fox and Dish pointed the finger at each other tonight as carriage talks between the two failed to produce a deal by midnight, resulting in Fox News Channel and Fox Business Channel no longer being available on Dish.
Alisha Ramos / Nieman Lab:
Vox developer explains how creating integrated newsrooms requires dialogue, respect from all parties  —  Reporters, designers, and developers become BFFs  —  If you Google “integrated newsroom,” you'll see loads of search results for articles, op-eds, presentations, academic papers, and even images of seating charts.
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
Deaths, imprisonment, and censorship of journalists reached unprecedented highs in 2014  —  “Rosewater,” cascading censorship, and press freedom  —  I remember the early summer day in Moscow well.  I had one day to myself to explore a bit of the city after conducting a two-day workshop for Russian regional publishers.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Politico editor Susan Glasser: We're in a ‘period of growth and rising ambition’  —  Since the start of 2014, about 40 reporters, editors and producers have left Politico.  They include names like ex-executive editor Rick Berke, longtime political reporter Jonathan Allen …
Tim Carmody / Medium:
Colbert's fame rose with modular, shareable online video and Viacom-YouTube copyright battle  —  Stephen Colbert, First Star of the Age of YouTube  —  When The Colbert Report premiered nine years ago, Comedy Central tried something different.  It made the first week of episodes available to download and watch online.
Vladi Vovchuk / Vocativ:
Belarus blocks access to a number of local news, opposition, and e-commerce sites  —  Belarus Has Shut Off Part of the Internet  —  The eastern European country has blocked access to a number of opposition websites, news outlets and e-commerce sites  —  The Iron Curtain is returning to Eastern Europe, this time via the internet.
Discussion: Associated Press
Ricardo Bilton / Digiday:
NPR's digital success complicates its relationship with member radio stations  —  Public radio's complicated digital journey  —  One of the year's freshest new audio apps didn't come from a Silicon Valley tech company; it came from NPR.  —  The app, NPR One, is essentially a “Pandora for news” …
Discussion: @digiday and @stephenjaward
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