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9:20 AM ET, January 16, 2013


 Top News: 
Jack Shafer:
When advertorial bites back  —  At about noon today, the Atlantic put on a very snug hair shirt, issuing a statement of apology and regret for having posted on its website Church of Scientology “Sponsor Content” yesterday.  —  The Scientology advertisement, composed by tone-deaf propagandists unable …
Erin Geiger Smith / Reuters:
News outlets improperly used photos posted to Twitter: judge  —  (Reuters) - A judge has found that two news organizations improperly used images that a photojournalist had posted to Twitter in one of the first big tests of intellectual property law involving social media.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
CNN President Jeff Zucker backs Piers Morgan's gun control campaign  —  CNN president Jeff Zucker told CNN New York staff today that he supported Piers Morgan's decision to speak in favor of gun control, sources at the network tell POLITICO.  —  During a town-hall meeting with staff …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
N.Y.'s tough new gun law also prohibits disclosure of gun owners' names  —  The New York state Assembly will vote Tuesday on gun legislation that would broaden the definition of assault weapons and require mental health professionals to report anyone they thought may become dangerous.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:   How the New York Times scored its Journal News interviews
Sandra Guy / Chicago Sun Times:
Aaron Swartz was ‘killed by government,’ father says at funeral  —  At 26, Internet activist and visionary Aaron Swartz had long ago established himself as a hero and wise elder of people power through copyright reform and open access to online information.  In a 2001 interview with WBEZ Radio …
Chicago Tribune:
Tribune Buyout and Bankruptcy: Culture Shock  —  With the takeover complete, Sam Zell and his team of outsiders brought a new approach, but their ideas never took off and their style alienated employees  —  Tribune Tower was in crisis, and the illustrations of penguins installed …
Chandrahas Choudhury / Bloomberg:
A Newspaper for and About India's Rural Majority  —  A newspaper devoted exclusively to rural news appeared in north India last month.  Here's why this was such a big deal.  The most significant development in India in the last two decades has been the rapid (and often messy) …
Erik Wemple:
President Obama credits power of conservative media  —  At a time when the media are being blamed for mass shootings; burglaries against gun owners; burglaries against non-gun owners; failing to properly cast the debate over debt and taxes; and any number of other ills, President Obama …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Amazon's European Netflix Competitor, LOVEFiLM, Signs TV Series Streaming Deal With NBCU  —  Another day, another content licensing agreement in the online streaming space.  Amazon-owned LOVEFiLM, a European Netflix competitor, has signed a new streaming deal with NBCUniversal International TV Distribution …
Discussion: SlashGear, The Next Web and Pocket-lint
Michael Cieply / Media Decoder:
Picturehouse, Small Film Distributor, Is Returning  —  LOS ANGELES — Picturehouse is back.  —  The small, feisty distributor of some daring indie films, including “Pan's Labyrinth” and “Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus,” is being rebuilt — independently of its former owner …
Kira Goldenberg / CJR:
In hyperlocal, ‘success’ is subjective  —  A Street Fight Summit panel of digital journalists dished about their triumphs and concerns  —  The panel just before lunch at Tuesday's Street Fight Summit, a two-day conference dedicated to all things hyperlocal, was on hyperlocal “publishing models that work.”
Discussion: Street Fight
Abdi Guled / Associated Press:
Journalist Arrested After Reporting On Rape  —  MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Police in Somalia have arrested a journalist who wrote a story about a woman who said she was raped by government security forces, prompting an outcry from human and media rights groups.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Former Yahoo Boss Ross Levinsohn Has a New Gig, and a Digital M&A War Chest  —  Ross Levinsohn, who wanted to run Yahoo but didn't get the gig, has a new perch.  He's heading up a new digital media company backed by Guggenheim Partners.  —  Guggenheim already controlled several media trade titles …
Andrew Miller / Lean Back 2.0:
Why the Guardian is launching a digital edition in Australia  —  The launch of the Guardian's digital edition in Australia is a milestone in the development of our global ambitions.  It also illustrates the opportunities and challenges facing a newspaper industry that is undergoing a period …
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John Plunkett / Guardian:
BBC boosts Britain's economy by £8bn, new report claims
Discussion: About the BBC and The Drum
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Vadim Lavrusik / Facebook:
How Journalists Can Use Facebook Graph Search for Reporting
Jim Romenesko:
Reporter fired by Houston Chronicle for stripping lands at San Antonio Express-News
Discussion: Hair Balls
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Layoffs occurring at Reuters
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Google ordered to reveal identity of anonymous bloggers in Australian defamation suit
Discussion: Herald Sun
 Earlier Picks: 
Adam Popescu / ReadWrite:
Why Write Your Own Book When An Algorithm Can Do It For You?
Jim Romenesko:
Dick Stevenson is named New York Times chief Washington correspondent
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
James O'Keefe tries to get reporters to advertise their gun-free homes
Discussion: Washington Post
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
CBS's Censorship Of CNET May Undermine A Different CBS Lawsuit
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Jim Impoco to leave Reuters as the company readies new digital strategy
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
WSJ to Bow New Magazine
Discussion: FishbowlNY and The Billfold