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9:15 AM ET, January 12, 2012

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Bloomberg:
News Corp. Tells Judge About Tabloid Editor's $1,150 Bribe to Prison Guard  —  News Corp. (NWSA) for the first time publicly detailed bribery by a journalist at its now-defunct News of the World, telling a court that a former editor agreed to pay a prison guard to get a story about a child killer.
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Andrew Pugh / Press Gazette:
Express continued to use convicted PI Whittamore  —  Richard Desmond's Express Newspapers continued using convicted private investigator Steve Whittamore until as late as July 2010, the Leveson Inquiry heard this morning.  —  The company's legal chief Nicole Patterson was also unable …
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 …
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 …
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Future of Journalism
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: eMedia Vitals and Philly.com
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: Company Town, Bloomberg and Guardian
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre paid £1.7m  —  Salary package for Associated Newspapers editor-in-chief down more than £1m on 2010 remuneration after restructuring of incentive scheme  —  Paul Dacre reinforced his reputation as the best-paid editor on Fleet Street by taking home …
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
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
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Julie Moos / Poynter:
NYT limited layoffs to 200 employees in sale to Halifax
Discussion: Poynter
Jim Romenesko:   Letter to Romenesko: ‘Out came the non-competes’
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
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Gawker Media's new HD view makes a play for big monitors and a grander stage for video and photos.  —  Gizmodo, the popular gadget site and pageview king of Gawker Media, debuted a new look last night that they're calling HD view, and it's big.  Not big in the grand scheme of things — big in the number of pixels it takes up.
Discussion: eMedia Vitals and Gizmodo
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 …
Marianne Bouchart / Journalism.co.uk:
French landmark case: A new dawn for investigative journalism?  —  How a 10-year legal battle between a French journalist and a financial institution could encourage investigative journalism in France and beyond  —  Investigative journalist Denis Robert, who has fought a 10-year legal battle in France
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.
Rachel McAthy / Journalism.co.uk:
Private investigator Steve Whittamore used by MoS after arrest  —  Mail on Sunday editor Peter Wright first became aware of the newspaper's use of the private investigator in ‘early 2004’, who he said was used until September that year  —  Peter Wright, the editor of the Mail on Sunday …
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Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:   Paul Dacre had hand in accusing Hugh Grant of smears, Leveson inquiry hears
 
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