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7:05 AM ET, January 12, 2012

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Guardian:
Leveson inquiry: Richard Desmond, Peter Hill, Hugh Whittow - live  —  Full coverage as the Daily Express owner, Express editor and Sunday Express editor appear at the media standards inquiry  —  11.06am: Robert Jay QC raises evidence given to the inquiry by Richard Peppiatt …
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Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:   Paul Dacre had hand in accusing Hugh Grant of smears, Leveson inquiry hears
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Will Anyone Buy Influential D.C. Magazine?  —  NEW YORK — The New Republic is on the market once again.  But so far, its unclear if any media companies are interested in buying the influential, albeit unprofitable, Beltway political magazine.  —  “I looked at this a while ago and decided to pass …
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
New Republic owner quashes reports of liberal journal's sale  —  Despite reports to the contrary, the New Republic's principal owner insists the 98-year-old journal of liberal political opinion, reporting and arts criticism isn't shopping for a new owner.  —  “There's nothing there to the story …
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
PBS ‘Frontline’ Planning News Corp. Exposé?  —  Fox News Channel's Geraldo Rivera was out to dinner with his old friend and colleague from ABC News, Lowell Bergman, when things turned quite sour.  Bergman is an esteemed journalist, having produced the now-infamous exposé of the tobacco companies for “60 Minutes.”
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Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
Rupert Murdoch's Wedding Singer Sues News Corp. Over Phone Hacking
Discussion: Bloomberg and Guardian
John Eggerton / Multichannel News:
PEJ: Presidential Campaign Already Getting Too Much Coverage  —  But Result Mirrors Responses During Previous Campaign Primary Blitzes  —  According to the latest Project for Excellence in Journalism New Interest Index, 37% of respondents say there has already been too much coverage …
Discussion: Pew Research Center
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John Cassidy / The New Yorker:
In Defense of Political Journalists
Discussion: Boston Phoenix and Poynter
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Journalists' campaign-trail secrets revealed
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Nick Kristof on Occupy and the rise of citizen journalism  —  Many traditional journalists seem inherently suspicious of “citizen journalism” — that is, the idea that anyone with a cellphone camera and a Twitter account can function as a journalist given the right circumstances.
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Kat Stoeffel / The New York Observer:   Times Columnist Nicholas Kristof Building His Own FarmVille
Jim Romenesko:
Kent State alum pulls $1M gift after student paper asks questions  —  The event was called off, though, after the student newspaper's enterprise reporter dug into Cope's past.  Doug Brown reported:  —  At first glance, it makes us question the athletic department's ethical standards.
Discussion: College Media Matters and CJR
Rem Rieder / American Journalism Review:
A Troubling Approach to Employee Relations  —  Halifax Media Group, new owner of the former New York Times Co. regional papers, and its onerous non-compete contract.  —  Rem Rieder (rrieder@ajr.umd.edu) is AJR's editor and senior vice president.  —  Halifax backed off, which is very good news.
Discussion: JIMROMENESKO.COM and Poynter
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Jim Romenesko:   Letter to Romenesko: ‘Out came the non-competes’
Julie Moos / Poynter:
NYT limited layoffs to 200 employees in sale to Halifax
Discussion: Poynter
Lucas Shaw / The Wrap:
Did The Daily Launch Too Early?  —  News Corp.'s The Daily may have launched a year too early, but the company's perfectly okay with that.  —  Speaking on a panel at the Consumer Electronics Show on Monday, David Brinker, The Daily's Senior VP of Business Development and Operations …
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Piano Media wants national paywalls all over Europe  —  The expansion of Bratislava-based Piano Media into Slovenia is just the beginning of the company's efforts to bring national paywalls to five European countries by year's end.  —  Eight Slovene media outlets have agreed to unite behind a single paywall starting Jan. 16.
Douglas Page / News & Tech:
Digital First?  Not so fast  —  Shakespeare suggested we kill the lawyers and let's hope the same fate awaits the newspaper cognoscenti who see a terminal disease in every printed newspaper.  —  While their collective “wisdom” on print lacks any foresight, what's more disturbing is that newspaper execs …
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The Philadelphia Experiment: Why a media company wants to be a tech incubator  —  One side effect of downsizing at most newspapers: a surplus of office space.  That may be a cold blooded way of seeing the empty desks that haunt newsrooms and advertising departments, but in an era where newspapers …
Discussion: Philly.com
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Google uses AP results for New Hampshire election results map  —  After working with the Iowa Republican Party to count votes for the caucuses last week, Google produced a map of election results for the New Hampshire GOP primary on Tuesday night.  In Iowa, Google provided the state GOP …
Pandora Young / FishbowlLA:
Gawker Editor: N-Word Did Not Get Blogger Fired  —  It's clear that using the word “nigga” in a post didn't exactly help Seth Abramovitch's career at Gawker.  But A.J. Daulerio, the site's new editor, felt the need to write his own blog post explaining that was not what got Abramovitch fired.
Discussion: The Wrap and Gawker
 
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Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Megan Garber / The Atlantic Online:
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Discussion: FishbowlNY
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CNN Apparently Waives Its Own Debate Rules To Let Rick Perry In
Melissa Bell / Washington Post:
Gilles Jacquier, French journalist, killed in Syria
Discussion: Business Insider
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Discussion: Media Week
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Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
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Discussion: Digital Spy
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