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7:00 PM 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.
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
Keeping Environmental Reporting Strong Won't Be Easy  —  Those who care deeply about environmental issues were understandably concerned Friday after learning that The Times was dismantling its special team - or “pod” - of seven reporters and two editors.  —  Beth Parke, executive director …
Andrew C. Revkin / Dot Earth:
The Changing Newsroom Environment  —  There's been a flurry of blog, Facebook and Twitter shock and anger following Katherine Bagley's exclusive report for Inside Climate News on the decision by The New York Times to shut down its standalone environment “pod” and redistribute that able team …
Discussion: FishbowlNY and
Will Sommer / City Desk:
D.C. Won't Prosecute David Gregory Over Gun Magazine  —  Looks like NBC's David Gregory won't have to turn to the life of a fugitive, after all.  Despite waving around a 30-round magazine that's illegal under District law on a Dec. 23 Meet the Press broadcast, Gregory won't be prosecuted …
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
In CBS Vs. Dish Network, CNET's Credibility Is The Loser  —  It's axiomatic in journalism that an appearance of a conflict of interest is as much to be avoided as an actual conflict.  There may be perfectly valid reasons for putting the owner's wife on the cover, but trying to convince readers of it is a fool's errand.
Discussion: The Verge and Kirk LaPointe's …
John Herrman / BuzzFeed:
Every Tech Journalist's Worst Nightmare
Joe Hagan / New York Magazine:
Major Shakeout Looms for Top New York Times Editors  —  The next two weeks are going to get tense inside the headquarters of the New York Times.  —  Last month, executive editor Jill Abramson told the staff she'd have to cut 30 positions from the news division to buffer against financial losses …
Mathew Ingram / paidContent:
Why BuzzFeed's photo spat with Reddit could be just the tip of the iceberg  —  BuzzFeed's impressive growth — capped off by a recent $15.5-million venture-financing round — is a testament to the site's ability to find and package “viral” content on a range of topics, from heartwarming photos …
Alex Fitzpatrick / Mashable!:   Redditors Accuse BuzzFeed of Photo Theft
Charlie Warzel / Adweek:
Newsweek Unveils Its First Animated Cover  —  Freed from the chains of print, Newsweek is continuing its streak of digital firsts to raise eyebrows for its tablet edition, whose Jan. 11 edition will feature an animated cover image for the first time in the magazine's 80-year-history.
Discussion: The Wrap and The Verge
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 …
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Pay TV will shrink for first time in history, study says cable watching peaked in 2011  —  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 nearly 101 million in 2011 but will decline to less than 95 million by 2017.
Discussion: WebProNews and GigaOM
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Matt Williams / Guardian:
Key witness in Bradley Manning WikiLeaks trial defends Reddit webchat
Discussion: paidContent and SocialTimes
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Layoffs at Bloomberg Gov
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
NBC has no qualms about using news unit as a marketing tool
Discussion: TVNewser
Tim Carmody / The Verge:
Apple TV snubs Amazon's Lovefilm, adds Watchever in Germany
Discussion: TUAW and Engadget
Ian Burrell / The Independent:
Fleet Street editors call for charitable trust to oversee new independent newspaper watchdog
Nadja Brandt / Bloomberg:
Condos Replace Newsrooms as U.S. Papers Sell Real Estate
Guardian, Telegraph and FT post modest sales rises in December
Associated Press:
Censorship Row Shows China's Tight Grip On Media
Discussion: Poynter and New York Times
 Earlier Picks: 
Josh Sternberg / Digiday:
The New York Times' Plan to Save the Banner Ad
Discussion: eMedia Vitals, Thanks:@steverubel
Tim Carmody / The Verge:
Better than Nielsen: Twitter breaks down TV behavior by demographics, device, and genre
Discussion: VentureBeat and BuzzFeed
Cyndi Stivers / CJR:
Huey, Luce, and the news
Sara Morrison / CJR:
Maura Johnston's new song
Michael Meyer / CJR:
Unfinished business  —  A new biography of photojournalist Tim …
Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
As Grantland Grows Up, It Looks to New York Magazine as a Model
Lauren Indvik / Mashable!:
Why Amazon Won't Give You Free Digital Copies of Your Movies and Books
Discussion: paidContent