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3:20 PM ET, December 17, 2012


 Top News: 
New York Times:
Newtown has Mixed Feelings About the Media Horde in Its Midst  —  NEWTOWN, Conn. — Wolf Blitzer understands that his presence here is not appreciated by some local people, who wish that the TV satellite trucks, and the reporters who have taken over the local Starbucks would go away and leave them to ache, grieve and mourn in peace.
Michael Wolff / Guardian:
Did NPR's Andy Carvin overreach his Twitter calling on Newtown shooting?  —  Carvin became a one-man social media hub on the Arab spring, but the school shooting exposed flaws in his retweet method  —  If it bleeds, it leads - that most reliable axiom of journalism - may be nowhere as true as on Twitter.
Discussion: @jaredbkeller and @jayrosen_nyu
Eric Deggans / Tampa Bay Times:
Understanding Newtown shooting coverage: Accepting errors in breaking news seems the biggest mistake  —  There's been a lot of talk about media in the wake of the horrific shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., as the world struggles to understand something that may be beyond rational thought.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Connecticut shootings: Not a media story
John Cook / Gawker:
Richard Engel is Missing in Syria; NBC News Enforces News Blackout  —  NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel has gone missing in Syria, according to Turkish news reports.  The reports also say that Aziz Akyava, a Turkish journalist working with Engel, is unaccounted for.
Michael Kelley / Business Insider:
REPORTS: NBC Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel Is Missing In Syria
Discussion: Twitchy
Chloe Sladden / Twitter Blog:
Coming Soon: Nielsen Twitter TV Rating  —  Today Nielsen announced an agreement with Twitter to create the “Nielsen Twitter TV Rating,” an industry-standard metric that is based entirely on Twitter data.  —  As the experience of TV viewing continues to evolve, our TV partners have consistently asked …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:   The Nielsen Twitter TV Rating just made Twitter the first purely social ranking of US TV program popularity
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Baron: It's ‘probable’ Washington Post newsroom will shrink  —  Incoming Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron tells Paul Starobin “It's probable” the paper's headcount will go down, but that he hopes the Post can do more on local reporting.  “I don't think for a minute that local journalism …
Paul Starobin / The New Republic:
Martin Baron's Plan to Save The Washington Post  —  Martin Baron, the incoming executive editor of The Washington Post, is bespectacled and scruffily bearded, a nice Jewish boy from Tampa and an itinerant survivor of America's imploding newspaper industry.  For the past eleven and a half years, he has edited the Boston Globe.
Discussion: FishbowlDC
Nat Ives / AdAge:
A Look at Newspapers Turning a Profit — Yes, There Are Some — and Those That Are Not  —  Speculation surged last week that Michael Bloomberg, New York's billionaire mayor and founder of Bloomberg LP, might buy The Financial Times, after The New York Times reported he'd been thinking about it.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:   Print in 2013: Newspapers cut costs and seek tablets of salvation
Dan Gillmor / Guardian:
Why we all have a stake in the Freedom of the Press Foundation  —  This new nonprofit to protect WikiLeaks and other whistleblowers from payment systems blocking deserves our support  —  Two years ago this month, the major online payment systems - Visa, Mastercard, PayPal and more …
Discussion: Guardian and Big News
The Huffington Post:
Crowd Funding the Right to Know
Discussion: Boing Boing
David Carr / Media Decoder:
Group Aims to Be a Conduit for WikiLeaks Donations
Nick Bilton / NYT Bits:
Disruptions: Instagram Testimony Doesn't Add Up  —  SAN FRANCISCO — On a late August morning, Kevin Systrom, chief executive of Instagram, took an oath before testifying at a hearing of the California Corporations Department, which sought to determine if Facebook's acquisition …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Hulu's Year-End Report: We're Pretty Darn Big!  (And We're Not Saying Anything Else.)  —  Hulu has put out its 2012 numbers and, boy, are they good for a company that everyone said would never work: Almost $700 million in revenue, and “more than” three million paying customers for its Hulu Plus subscription service.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Hulu's 2012: Revenue up 65% to $695M, subscribers double to 3M, 28% more advertisers
Discussion: GigaOM and Reuters
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
87% of U.S. magazine and newspaper publishers have an iPad app, survey says  —  A large annual survey of magazine and newspaper publishers finds that 90 percent have some sort of mobile presence — whether it's on a tablet, smartphone or e-reader.  And while less than a quarter (22 percent) …
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Mobile's Rude Awakening  —  Mobile audiences are large and growing.  Great.  But their monetization is mostly a disaster.  The situation will be slow to improve, but the potential is still there — if the right conditions are met.  —  This year, a major European newspaper expects …
Discussion: Guardian
David Carr / New York Times:
Buffeted by the Web, but Now Riding It  —  When the consumer Web exploded in the mid-1990s, part of the promise was that it would transform careers and the concept of work.  Remember the signs on telephone poles and banners all over the Internet?  “Work at home and turn your computer into a cash register!
Discussion: The Awl
Tim Molloy / The Wrap:
HBO, Scorsese Partner on Bill Clinton Documentary  —  HBO and Martin Scorsese are partnering on a documentary about Bill Clinton, with the full cooperation of the 42nd president, the network announced Monday.  —  “I am pleased that legendary director Martin Scorsese and HBO have agreed to do this film,” Clinton said.
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