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11:30 AM ET, January 25, 2012


 Top News: 
Rachel McAthy /
‘Fake sheikh’ Mazher Mahmood: Bribe allegation ‘completely untrue’  —  Former News of the World journalist Mazher Mahmood tells the Leveson inquiry allegations he attempted to bribe staff to alter copy when he previously worked for the Sunday Times are ‘completely untrue’
Discussion: Guardian
Press Gazette:
Jefferies calls for inquiry over ‘police leaks’ to reporters  —  Joanna Yeates's former landlord Chris Jefferies has accused police of leaking information about him to journalists following his arrest on suspicion of her murder.  Retired school teacher Christopher Jefferies made the accusation …
Discussion: Guardian
Andrew Pugh / Press Gazette:
The Times faces Leveson scrutiny over NightJack  —  The Times faced renewed scrutiny this morning over the role of email hacking in its exposure of the identity of anonymous police blogger NightJack.  —  The discussion of the issue at the Leveson Inquiry into the hacking scandal comes …
Andrew Pugh / Press Gazette:
Mahmood: 'I've had splashes from crack addicts'
Discussion: Guardian
Alexandra Topping / Guardian:   Leveson must back ban on sexualised images in media, women's groups say
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Leveson inquiry: Sun executive says sorry for Christopher Jefferies coverage
Discussion: Press Gazette
Vaizey to broker meeting over BBC sexism allegations  —  Broadcasting minister to set up meeting with Mark Thompson to discuss under-representation of women both on and off air  —  The broadcasting minister, Ed Vaizey, has undertaken to set up a meeting between Nadine Dorries …
Discussion: Guardian and Company Town
Press Association:
MP slams BBC ‘culture of sexism’  —  The Government should withhold the licence fee payout to the BBC at the next round of negotiations unless the Corporation does more to tackle sexist discrimination against its women television and radio presenters, a Tory MP has said.
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
Lord Patten's BBC director general ‘succession plan’ is a curious move  —  Trust chairman has opened a can of worms by calling on a firm of headhunters to find Mark Thompson's successor  —  Is Lord Patten quietly easing out Mark Thompson?  Or has the BBC director general had a quiet word …
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
E-Singles: 'Journalism's Extraordinary Challenges In An Entirely New Place'  —  Byliner recently announced that it has sold 100,000 original e-singles, and other publishers are finding similar success with the format: The Atavist sold over 100,000 copies of ten e-singles combined last year …
Dianna Dilworth / GalleyCat:
B&N's Jim Hilt Says Print Isn't Dead
Discussion: mocoNews and eBookNewser
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:   Barnes & Noble: We're ‘Not Competing’ With Independent Bookstores
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Foundation could ‘re-open the question’ of buying Baltimore Sun  —  Robert Embry Jr., who was reportedly part of an investors group thinking about buying the Sun in 2006, tells Gus Sentementes that the investors “would re-open the question” once the Tribune Co. exits bankruptcy.
Discussion: BaltTech
Miriam Elder / Guardian:
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's TV show to be aired on Russian channel  —  State-run Russia Today buys rights to broadcast 10-part series of interviews with ‘political players, thinkers and revolutionaries’  —  It's the television channel that has given voice to a thousand anti-western conspiracy theories …
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Is Julian Assange's Talk Show For Real?
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Wenner Again Quits MPA, Magazines' Industry Association  —  ‘Power of Print’ Collaboration Is Largely Concluded  —  After a couple of years back in the fold, Wenner Media is withdrawing from the MPA for a second time.  —  The MPA is magazines' main industry trade association …
Discussion: MinOnline
Alysia Santo / CJR:
Teaching Cyber-Security  —  Confidentiality promises often require technical skill  —  Since 2007, Steve Doig, an investigative journalist, has been giving a talk called “Spycraft: Keeping your sources private.”  He's presented at conferences for Investigative Reporters and Editors …
Chloe Albanesius / PC Magazine:
Yahoo: Media Giant, Tech Company, or Both?  —  Yahoo's new CEO, Scott Thompson, has had the job for just three weeks, but during today's fourth quarter earnings call, he pushed for a more “balanced” approach and insisted that Yahoo is equal parts media company and equal parts tech firm.
Discussion: TechCrunch and MediaNama
Arkansas Paper Refuses To Print Gay Couple's Commitment Ceremony Announcment  —  The Arkansas Democrat Gazette isn't acting very democratically and has found itself the subject of a protest after denying a gay couple's request to print their commitment ceremony announcement.  Details follow.
Richard Goldstein / New York Times:
Bill Mardo, Writer Who Pushed Baseball to Integrate, Dies at 88  —  Bill Mardo, a sportswriter for the Communist Party newspaper The Daily Worker who fought major league baseball's color barrier in the 1940s when the mainstream American news media was largely silent on the subject, died Friday in Manhattan.
Carl Straumsheim / American Journalism Review:
The Buzz About BuzzFeed  —  The online meme aggregator gets serious about developing original content.  —  Carl Straumsheim ( is an AJR editorial assistant.  —  When Ben Smith announced last month that he was leaving Politico to become editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed …
Richard Huff / NY Daily News:
Lara Logan: Life is not about dwelling on the bad  —  Exclusive Interview: CBS news star talks about PTSD, her recovery, her family, her work and the women that inspire her  —  CBS News Correspondent Lara Logan in Tahrir Square moments before she was assaulted by a mob of protesters.
Discussion: Erik Wemple, PopWatch and
Peter Ogburn / FishbowlDC:
New York Daily News Takes Passive Stance on Commenters Doubting Logan's Rape
Discussion: TVSpy
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