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7:05 AM ET, January 22, 2013


 Top News: 
Lionel Barber's email to FT staff outlining digital-first strategy  —  Editor's email to staff outlines detailed proposals for reshaping the paper for the digital age  —  In my New Year message, I said 2013 would test our resolve to move further and faster to support top quality journalism in a rapidly changing media landscape.
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Financial Times editor announces digital-first strategy  —  Lionel Barber to cut 35 jobs in ‘big cultural shift’ for business daily  —  The Financial Times editor, Lionel Barber, has announced plans to move the title to a digital-first strategy in a move he described as a “big cultural shift” for the business daily, and cut 35 jobs.
Discussion: Crikey
Katherine Rushton / Telegraph:
The Financial Times to axe staff in digital shift  —  The Financial Times is to axe 35 jobs as part of plans to make “a big cultural shift” from a traditional print news organisation to a digitally focused “networked business” in a bid to compete with social networks and information-gathering services like Google.
Discussion: Politico
Danny Yadron / Wall Street Journal:
Meet Ethan Sattler, 13 Years Old, White House Reporter  —  Perhaps no reporter faced more scrutiny from guards at the White House gate Monday morning than Ethan Sattler.  —  Mr. Sattler, 13 years old, does not have a driver's license.  His Virginia child ID card lists his height at 4 feet 3 inches …
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Inauguration front pages combine Obama's second term, Martin Luther King Jr. legacy  —  President Obama's inauguration on Monday, January 21, 2013 coincides with the federal holiday celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Many inauguration front pages combined the two.
Jim Romenesko:
Sinclair Broadcasting ‘owns’ social media accounts of its on-air talent  —  WHAM-TV (Rochester, NY) reporter Rachel Barnhart tells her followers that Sinclair Broadcasting, which recently acquired WHAM, has a policy of “owning” the social media accounts of its on-air talent.
Jessica Hanks / The Huffington Post:
Silicon Valley Business Journal Redesign: Local Publication To Be Model For National Update  —  Print journalism may be dwindling, but one local publication is doubling down.  The Silicon Valley Business Journal unveiled a dramatic redesign of its print publication earlier this month …
Discussion: Garcia Media
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Report: Google made €50 million copyright offer, French publishers want €100 million  —  Google proposed an annual €50 million payment to news publishers to resolve a long-simmering copyright dispute, but the publishers decided to hold out for more, according to a report Friday in Le Monde.
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Amazon Children's Publishing expands with more books for younger kids and teens  —  Amazon is expanding its children's publishing footprint with two new imprints based out of New York, the company announced ahead of the American Library Association's annual meeting this week.
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Swarming a Book Online  —  Reviews on Amazon are becoming attack weapons, intended to sink new books as soon as they are published.  —  In the biggest, most overt and most successful of these campaigns, a group of Michael Jackson fans used Facebook and Twitter to solicit negative reviews of a new biography of the singer.
Discussion: GeekWire
Keach Hagey / Wall Street Journal:
Observer Names CEO  —  Jared Kushner has tapped his brother-in-law, Joseph Meyer, to be the first chief executive of the Observer Media Group, the Kushner-owned entity that houses the New York Observer and other publications.  —  The move comes as part of a broader overhaul of the leadership of Observer Media.
Simon Dumenco / AdAge:
Why the Prosecution of Internet Activist Aaron Swartz Matters to You, Personally  —  Last week a friend asked me to explain why the death of internet activist Aaron Swartz has become such a media sensation.  What he knew is what's been commonly reported since Swartz's suicide in New York on Jan. 11 …
Discussion: Media News and Betabeat
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
How M.I.T. Ensnared a Hacker, Bucking a Freewheeling Culture
Discussion: emptywheel and Media Nation
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Random House's new Facebook app: If you liked Evelyn Waugh, you'll love the Berenstain Bears  —  Online book discovery doesn't work very well.  Random House is attempting to address that problem with a new Facebook app, BookScout, that gives users book recommendations from multiple publishers, not just Random House.
Leslie Kaufman / Media Decoder:   An App to Sift Through Books
Gina Hall / L.A. Biz:
Dish takes shot at CBS in new ad for Hopper  —  Some see controversy, others see marketing opportunity.  The recent scandal over Dish Network being denied the Best of CES award has yielded a unique advertising concept for the company, which involves calling out the apparent bad guy in the situation, CBS.
Discussion: MediaPost and Mashable!
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NI chief to hold meeting with Times directors over new editors
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