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11:55 AM ET, December 28, 2015


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Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Sole WDBJ shooting survivor, Vicki Gardner, speaks out about the tragedy  —  WDBJ shooting victim on the tragedy, TV violence and looking ‘ahead’  —  Four months after she was shot in the back during a live TV broadcast, Vicki Gardner is finally finished with surgeries and is almost ready to return to work.
Becky Davis / Agence France-Presse:
China to expel Ursula Gauthier, a French Jounalist from L'Obs magazine who questioned government's treatment of Muslim Uighur minority  —  China to expel French journalist, reporter tells AFP  —  China has refused to renew the press credentials of a French journalist, effectively expelling her …
Dan Gillmor / Nieman Lab:
Journalists must become activists for free expression amid increasing government surveillance and corporate control  —  Journalists turn activist  —  In 2016, journalists will recognize that they have to be activists — if they want to call themselves journalists, that is.
Discussion: @sulliview
Vindu Goel / New York Times:
Bollywood studios and US giants like 21st Century Fox, Amazon, and Netflix hope to persuade people in India to pay for video  —  Bollywood and U.S. Media Giants Try to Induce Indians to Pay for Video  —  MUMBAI — As the morning rain dripped in the garden outside, the yoga teacher Aparajita Jamwal got …
Jessica Lussenhop / BBC:
Profile of Bill Proctor, a retired WXYZ-TV reporter investigating suspected cases of wrongful conviction in Michigan, including 1996 murder of 12-year-old girl  —  TV reporter spends retirement investigating brutal murder  —  After a long career in television, Bill Proctor could have spent his retirement out of the spotlight.
Discussion: Newser
Samanth Subramanian / New Yorker:
The Islamist war on secular bloggers in Bangladesh  —  On the afternoon of February 26th, Avijit Roy was in Dhaka, finishing a column for BDNews24, a Bangladeshi Web site of news and commentary.  Its title, in Bengali, was “Why Is There Something Rather Than Nothing?,” and it adapted ideas from his new book, a primer on cosmology.
Anjali Mullany / Nieman Lab:
An experiment on Facebook with controversial content shows how platforms decide who is heard and who is censored  —  Platforms decide who gets heard  —  As you are most certainly aware, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump recently suggested that Muslims be banned from entering the United States for a while.
Chava Gourarie / Columbia Journalism Review:
The everyday effects of The New York Times' nail salon exposé  —  Eugenia Colon paints her own nails.  One day this fall, they were decorated in delicate V-shaped black and white stripes, and one was bejeweled with a miniature bow-tie and several gems so that it resembled a tuxedo.
Columbia Journalism Review:
Investigative local reporting has a future—but it won't look like the past  —  This post was co-authored by Josh Stearns and Molly de Aguiar.  —  Over the course of the last two weeks, New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan has gone in search of local investigative reporting.
Discussion: @isasun and @cjr
Matthew Kassel / The New York Observer:
FiveThirtyEight Enters the Puzzle Game  —  Last week, FiveThirtyEight quietly began publishing a weekly puzzle.  Called The Riddler, it features the kind of logic-heavy questions one might find on a Mensa test—appropriate for Nate Silver's wonky, data-driven website, which is owned by ESPN.
Disney is making a fortune and safeguarding its future by buying childhood, piece by piece  —  AS AUDIENCES left the premiere of the new Star Wars film, “The Force Awakens”, in Los Angeles on December 14th, its last image still alive in their imaginations, it became obvious that the hit of the year had arrived.
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