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12:55 PM ET, January 17, 2013


 Top News: 
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?”
Discussion: The Dan Patrick Show and Poynter
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 …
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"  —  The sports editor at The South Bend (Ind.) Tribune was, not suprisingly, in a meeting when we called Wednesday to ask about the Deadspin bombshell that the widely reported stories about Notre Dame linebacker …
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
Knight News Challenge funds photography app with built-in verification data  —  A mobile app that will help amateur journalists send photos to news organizations securely and with embedded verification data is among eight projects funded by the latest Knight News Challenge grants.
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:   Wikipedia plans to expand mobile access around the globe with new funding
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
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.”
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 …
Joe Coscarelli / New York Magazine:
Congresswoman Proposes 'Aaron's Law' Directly to Reddit After Aaron Swartz Suicide
Discussion: The Next Web, Hit & Run and
The Huffington Post:
Darrell Issa Probing Prosecution Of Aaron Swartz, Internet Pioneer Who Killed Himself
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.
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.
Mobutu Sese Seko / Gawker:
Journalism, Scientology, and Manti Te'o: Finding the Leper with the Most Fingers  —  This has been a fantastic week for media outrage, especially on Twitter.  On Monday, a pro-Scientology ad in the Atlantic that was mocked up to faintly resemble an article generated hours of castigating tweets and countless op-eds.
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: GeekWire
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 specifically optimized for devices like the iPhone and the iPod touch.
Discussion: TechCrunch, VentureBeat, CNET and GeekWire
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 …
Craig Silverman / Poynter:
Washington Post clarifies practices and standards for corrections
Chris Hughes / The New Republic:
Chris Hughes Introduces The New New Republic  —  Home News: On January 28th we're relaunching our magazine, website, and tablet app.  As we bridge the new and old, I wanted to take a step back and reflect on where we've come in nine short months.  —  Since our founding in 1914 …
Discussion: @alexismadrigal
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
News companies must pay for swiping Twitter pics (but our photo laws are still a mess)  —  News agencies can't simply help themselves to the photos they find on Twitter.  That's the upshot of a closely watched court case involving a freelance photographer who sued the Washington Post …
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:   Twitter pictures put in spotlight following London helicopter crash
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Al Gore:
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Tinypass, Andrew Sullivan's Favorite Paywall Operator, Gets a CEO and Some Cash
Discussion: Mashable and Poynter
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
The Sun's 22nd journalist arrested under Operation Elveden
Choire Sicha / The Awl:
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
News Corp. earnings calls got boring after Rupert Murdoch left them, but Twitter offers consolation
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
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Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
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Jennifer Conlin / New York Times:
In Beleaguered Detroit, a Media-Wise Group Shows Reporters the Brighter Side
 Earlier Picks: 
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Drone Media Debate Picks Up In 2013, But Coverage Remains Tough To Sustain
Leigh Beadon / Techdirt:
Dear HBO, Disney, Netflix Et Al: Fragmenting Online TV Lets Piracy Keep Its Biggest Advantage
Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
AOL's Patch to go from lousy local news network to even worse community message board network
Discussion: Street Fight and CJR
Cyrus Farivar / Ars Technica:
NZ media network pulls 500 radio ads touting Dotcom's new Mega service
Discussion: The Next Web and TorrentFreak
Associated Press:
Fox hires Dennis Kucinich as analyst
Joel Mathis / The Philly Post:
No One is Coming to Save Philadelphia Newspapers
Discussion:, Poynter and Cision
Lisa Campbell / The Bookseller:
Kobo claims 20% of global e-reading market