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5:30 AM ET, February 17, 2012

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Rick Gladstone / New York Times:
Anthony Shadid, A New York Times Reporter Dies in Syria  —  Anthony Shadid, a prize-winning newspaper correspondent whose graceful dispatches for both The New York Times and The Washington Post covered nearly two decades of Middle East conflict and turmoil, died, apparently of an asthma attack …
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Margalit Fox / New York Times:
Anthony Shadid, Reporter in the Middle East, Dies at 43  —  Anthony Shadid, the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign correspondent who died on Thursday at 43, had long been passionately interested in the Middle East, first because of his Lebanese-American heritage and later because of what he saw there firsthand.
Julie Bosman / Media Decoder:
HarperCollins Is Said to Pay Nearly $4 Million for Amanda Knox Memoir  —  Updated  —  Four months after being freed from an Italian prison and cleared of charges that she murdered her roommate, Amanda Knox has sold her memoir to HarperCollins, the publishing house announced Thursday.
Michael Grotticelli / blog.broadcastengineering.com:
Five states propose ending support of public television  —  Right-wing politics and tough economic conditions have combined to threaten public television systems in at least seven states—including North and South Carolina, Rhode Island, Oklahoma, Idaho, Kansas and Maine.
James Crugnale / Mediaite:
Pat Buchanan Is ‘Departing’ MSNBC: I Was ‘Blacklisted, But Not Beaten’  —  Conservative commentator Pat Buchanan is out at MSNBC, writing in The American Conservative that “My days as a political analyst at MSNBC have come to an end.”  MSNBC confirmed the news.
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
Stephen Colbert Suspends Production of His Show … Stephen Colbert has suspended production of his satirical comedy show temporarily because of an emergency in Mr. Colbert's family, according to people familiar with the show.  —  The show is expected to resume production soon, perhaps as early as next week, the people added.
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Reuters:
Murdoch arrives in London to quell staff backlash  —  (Reuters) - Rupert Murdoch flew in to London on Thursday to address growing anger at his newspaper business and seek to reassure journalists of his commitment to their work.  —  Murdoch arrived at Luton airport on Thursday evening …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Twitter + Robots = Instant Stories, No Humans Required  —  Hey, how's Newt Gingrich doing on Twitter?  —  You could try answering this question yourself by combing through Twitter and looking at what Newt says there, and what people are saying about Newt there.  But that would take time and effort.
Discussion: WebProNews and Just to Clarify
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Demand Media Beats Expectations Slightly in Q4 Report; Buying Back More Stock; CEO: “Turbulent Year”  —  Demand Media, which has suffered from stock weakness and worries about its traffic and costs, beat Wall Street expectations in its fourth quarter earnings report, which was released after the market closed today.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Apple and the New York Times not meshing  —  The Wall Street Journal's Jessica Vascellaro scores the access coup of the week, maybe month.  An exclusive interview with Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook yields insight on how the company is migrating iPhone functionality to boxes.
Federica Cherubini / Editors Weblog:
Journalistic standards and media regulation after Wikileaks and the News of the World  —  What do phone-hacking at the News of the World and Wikileaks have in common from an ethical point of view?  —  UNESCO's conference “The media world after Wikileaks and News of the World” …
Discussion: Techdirt
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
A Newark funeral home braces for the last rites of Whitney Houston, the media event of its career  —  The city of Newark, N.J. is swarming with reporters and camera crews now that the body of Whitney Houston has been transported there from Los Angeles, where Houston died of as-yet unknown causes Saturday afternoon.
Brian Cathcart / Guardian:
News International needs to decontaminate the Sun brand  —  Newspapers presenting themselves as victims caught in a storm whipped up by the Leveson inquiry won't wash with the public  —  If you had told me just a few weeks ago that these five things would come to pass, I would have laughed in your face.
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Josh Halliday / Guardian:
‘Journalists’ employers must protect sources'
Discussion: Jon Slattery
The Huffington Post:
Neville Thurlbeck, News Of The World Reporter, Uses Blog To Launch NUJ Recruitment Campaign
Discussion: Neville Thurlbeck and ProPublica
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Open Road Responds To HarperCollins E-Book Lawsuit  —  Open Road Media responded today to the lawsuit that HarperCollins filed against it in December over the digital rights to Jean Craighead George's Julie of the Wolves, saying HarperCollins' claim “is nothing but an attempt to seize rights …
Robert Rosenthal / Center for Investigative Reporting:
CIR receives $1 million MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions  —  The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced today that the Center for Investigative Reporting is one of 15 organizations in six countries that has received the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.
Discussion: Poynter and macfound.org
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Stu Woo / Wall Street Journal:
Bay Citizen Aims to Regroup, Turn Page
Andrew Wallenstein / On The Air:
CBS producing for Netflix?  Oh, the horror!  —  If it's not too late for CBS to take pitches for original series it's cooking up for Netflix, has CEO Leslie Moonves considered a story based on the classic character Frankenstein?  —  Because if Moonves follows through on the deal he indicated …
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
CBS May Produce New Show for Netflix
Discussion: The Wrap and Inside TV
Dylan Byers / Politico:
PolitiFact without the ‘Truth-O-Meter’  —  PolitiFact, the Tampa Bay Times fact-checking project, has come under fire this week for a ruling that seems to contradict common sense.  Yesterday, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow — PolitiFact's most vocal critic — went to town on the group for claiming …
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Rem Rieder / American Journalism Review:
Ignoring the Facts at PolitiFact
Discussion: Saint Petersblog
 
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