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3:40 PM ET, January 17, 2013


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Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
Deadspin's editor-in-chief explains editing, reporting behind Manti Te'o story  —  Deadspin Editor-in-Chief Tommy Craggs says Timothy Burke and Jack Dickey were faced with a tough question when reporting their now famous Manti Te'o story: “What lengths do we go to to try and prove a negative?”
Steve Buttry / The Buttry Diary:
Linking and checklists could have prevented journalists from Manti Te'O ‘girlfriend’ hoax embarrassment  —  Last year I blogged about four reasons linking is good journalism.  Make it five.  —  Journalists who practice thorough linking to provide context and attribution for their stories …
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
Reporting in The Times on Football Star's Nonexistent Girlfriend Was Glancing, but Still Troubling  —  The truly strange - and still unfolding - tale of the Notre Dame football star and his nonexistent dead girlfriend has lessons for journalists, including those at The Times.
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:
Deadspin's Burke: Te'o story shows ‘diminished role’ of investigative journalism  —  Deadspin's widely circulated report on Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o's began with a tip.  Timothy Burke and Jack Dickey got an anonymous email last week saying: “Hey, you know, something is fishy …
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
Notre Dame football player Te'o girlfriend hoax 'became truth through the media"
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:   Wikipedia plans to expand mobile access around the globe with new funding
Katherine Rushton / Telegraph:
Financial Times touted by banks for £1bn  —  The Financial Times is being touted for sale by investment banks including Nomura, Credit Suisse and Bank of America Merrill Lynch for up to £1bn.  —  Banks are said to be seeking offers for between £740m and £1bn for tThe Financial Times …
Discussion: @dansabbagh
A Edgecliffe-Johnson / @edgecliffe:   “Pearson has initiated no sale process regarding the FT and categorically denies authorising any adviser or bank, formally or informally,”
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Rolling Stone finally comes to iPad, with buy links to iTunes  —  In a May 2011 interview with AdAge, Rolling Stone founder and publisher Jann Wenner memorably described magazine publishers' embrace of the iPad as “premature” and spurred by “sheer insanity and insecurity and fear.”
Byron Tau / Politico:
Survey: Users trust social media as news source  —  Voter trust in political information from Facebook, Twitter and other social media services is now on par with that in traditional news sources, according to a new survey shared with POLITICO.  —  Recent years have seen candidates increasingly devoting …
Discussion: @michaelroston
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
YouTube Is Ready to Invest in Vevo, but the Deal Isn't Done  —  YouTube is set to make another big investment in a content partner.  This time around it's Vevo, the music video site.  —  YouTube and its owner Google have agreed to buy a minority stake in Vevo, according to people familiar with the deal, which hasn't been finalized.
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Advance Publications Buys Digital Agency Pop To Assist Transition to Digital  —  Agency Will Continue to Operate Independently  —  Advance Publications, parent company of Conde Nast and magazines like Wired, Vogue and Vanity Fair, has acquired Pop, a digital ad agency based in Seattle.
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest and GeekWire
Choire Sicha / The Awl:
Take A Minute To Watch The New Way We Make Web Headlines Now  —  The great menace in headlines in 2011 was that either every headline was “11 Ways to X” or that it was “Y Happens to Z [SLIDESHOW].”  You know, whatever our pals at Business Insider and Huffington Post's Celebrity Sideboob's page were doing.
Jeff Blagdon / The Verge:
Aaron Swartz's embattled prosecuting attorney releases first statement, says conduct was ‘appropriate’  —  US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz is breaking the silence on her office's prosecution of Aaron Swartz.  After extending her sympathy to those affected by Swartz's death …
Issandr El Amrani / The Arabist:
Should Journalists Interview People As They Are Being Tortured?  —  I would think probably not, but the editor of The Atlantic apparently thinks that's ok: … It'd be one thing if the journalist had witnessed the torture.  But he appears to have been given the interview opportunity …
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Amazon opens music store for Apple devices, songs start at 69 cents  —  Amazon is making another major push to chip away at Apple's dominance in online music with the launch of an MP3 store optimized for devices like the iPhone and the iPod touch.  The store, with a catalogue of 22 million songs …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Tinypass, Andrew Sullivan's Favorite Paywall Operator, Gets a CEO and Some Cash  —  Big month for Tinypass, the little company that helps publishers sell content online.  —  On Jan. 2, blogger Andrew Sullivan announced with much fanfare that he was using Tinypass to power his experiment in self-publishing …
Discussion: Mashable and Poynter
Dan Sabbagh / @dansabbagh:
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
TMZ video of murder condemned by victim's family  —  Family brands US gossip website ‘disgusting’ for posting video of man's murder during brawl outside Hollywood club  —  The family of a man shot dead in a brawl outside a Hollywood nightclub have condemned the US gossip website TMZ as …
Alexander C. Kaufman / The Wrap:
BuzzFeed Story on Gun-Toting Journalists Infuriates Reporters (Updated)  —  BuzzFeed political editor McKay Coppins has a target on his back after posting a story Thursday that turned a sardonic eye on the shooting range trips of a cadre of well-known New York journalists.
Eric Ostermeier / Smart Politics:
FOX Still Shunned at Obama Press Conferences  —  The favorite news outlet of conservatives ranks just ninth in presser questions in Obama's first term, getting to ask questions at only half the rate of the Big 3 broadcast networks  —  During Barack Obama's news conference on Monday the president called on seven reporters.
Will Sommer / Washington City Paper:
Washington Post Mexico Bureau Chief Admits Plagiarizing Academic Journal in Panama Story  —  What is it with the Washington Post's bureau chiefs and lifting copy?  Just months after the paper's India bureau chief admitted to paraphrasing quotes from an Indian magazine, William Booth …
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Choire Sicha / The Awl:
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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
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Leigh Beadon / Techdirt:
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Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
AOL's Patch to go from lousy local news network to even worse community message board network
Discussion: Street Fight
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
News companies must pay for swiping Twitter pics (but our photo laws are still a mess)
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Guardian