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11:15 AM ET, January 11, 2013


 Top News: 
Katherine Bagley / InsideClimate News:
New York Times Dismantles Its Environment Desk  —  Times says demise of the nine-person team, created in 2009, won't affect climate coverage.  —  The New York Times will close its environment desk in the next few weeks and assign its seven reporters and two editors to other departments.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and FishbowlNY
John Herrman / BuzzFeed:
Every Tech Journalist's Worst Nightmare  —  At 4:05 PM on Wednesday, Dish Networks notified its Twitter followers that it had been chosen as a finalist for CNET's “Best of CES” awards for its new DVR product.  This was not a surprise — the Hopper was given a best-of award by nearly every publication …
Josh Sternberg / Digiday:
The New York Times' Plan to Save the Banner Ad  —  Like many publications, The New York Times has a banner ad problem.  The problem is this: the Web is littered with banners and new computer-driven methods of buying discrete audiences is putting even further pressure on the display ad market.
Discussion: eMedia Vitals, Thanks:@steverubel
Tim Carmody / The Verge:
Better than Nielsen: Twitter breaks down TV behavior by demographics, device, and genre  —  UK statistics show that tweeting about ‘Homeland’ is not like tweeting about ‘Downton Abbey’ or ‘X Factor’  —  Twitter has released a twenty-page booklet for advertisers on trends in television viewing and Twitter use in the UK.
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Cyndi Stivers / CJR:
Huey, Luce, and the news  —  At year-end, Time Inc. editor in chief John Huey quietly announced plans to head to a fellowship at Harvard after an 11-year run (six in the top job) on the Mount Olympus of magazine journalism.  On his way up, he ran Fortune, coauthored Sam Walton's autobiography …
Guardian, Telegraph and FT post modest sales rises in December  —  Newspapers perform resiliently, with i reporting biggest decline of 3.66% month on month - but year-on-year sales up 31%  —  The Financial Times, Guardian and Daily Telegraph where the only daily national newspapers to see month-on-month sales increases in December.
Discussion: and Media Week
Nadja Brandt / Bloomberg:
Condos Replace Newsrooms as U.S. Papers Sell Real Estate  —  Newspaper owners, struggling with plunging demand and advertising spending at a six-decade low, are squeezing money out of the assets they do have with rising value: buildings and land.  —  A.H. Belo Corp. (AHC) …
Sara Morrison / CJR:
Maura Johnston's new song  —  The former Village Voice music editor is back with a magazine app  —  After Maura Johnston was let go from the Village Voice in September, she decided that, after six years as a full-time writer, it was time to “prove myself on a grand scale.”
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Pay TV will shrink for first time in history, study says cable watching peaked in 2012  —  It's finally happening.  The number of Americans who pay for cable-like TV products is declining says a research forecast that claims subscriptions peaked at 101 million in 2012 but will decline to less than 95 million by 2017.
Discussion: GigaOM
Times editor not expected to be appointed until next week at earliest  —  Meeting this week between paper's independent directors and John Witherow did not result in his immediate confirmation  —  A new editor of the Times is not expected to be announced until next week at the earliest …
Joe Coscarelli / New York Magazine:
A.J. Daulerio Out As Gawker Editor; John Cook to Step Up  —  Gawker editor-in-chief A.J. Daulerio will no longer run the site after a year on the job, Daily Intelligencer has learned.  Daulerio jumped across the Gawker Media network from Deadspin and took over for Remy Stern at the start of 2012.
Lauren Indvik / Mashable!:
Why Amazon Won't Give You Free Digital Copies of Your Movies and Books  —  Amazon announced Thursday morning that any customer who purchases a CD will receive a free digital copy of that album.  The offer is valid not only on present and future purchases, but on any one of 50,000 CDs purchased from the retailer since 1998.
Discussion: paidContent
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Ian Burrell / The Independent:
Fleet Street editors call for charitable trust to oversee new independent newspaper watchdog
Associated Press:
Censorship Row Shows China's Tight Grip On Media
Discussion: New York Times and Poynter
Michael Meyer / CJR:
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Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
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Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
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Homicide Tracking Site Expanding to Chicago
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
 Earlier Picks: 
Matt Yoder / Awful Announcing:
CNN moves forward with Bleacher Report replacing Sports Illustrated
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
Time Inc. Prepares for Layoffs
Discussion: New York Post
Chicago Business Journal:
Warrant issued for former Tribune executive
Jim Romenesko:
New York Times received 1,644 applications for 13 summer intern positions
Discussion: Gannett Blog
Erik Wemple:
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Discussion: Washington Post and All
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Beats' New Music Subscription Service Gets a New Boss: Topspin's Ian Rogers
Mathew Ingram / paidContent:
Henry Blodget isn't telling us the most important thing about Business Insider
Discussion: eMedia Vitals, CJR and The Corsair
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Newseum says it laid off 16
Discussion: Gannett Blog and Gannett Blog