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2:35 PM ET, January 23, 2014


 Top News: 
Associated Press:
AP severs ties with photographer who altered work  —  NEW YORK (AP) — The Associated Press has severed ties with a freelance photographer who it says violated its ethical standards by altering a photo he took while covering the war in Syria in 2013.  —  The news service said Wednesday …
Adam Weinstein / Gawker:
Should the AP Really Have Fired This Pulitzer-Prize War Photographer?  —  The Associated Press announced Wednesday that it had parted ways with Narciso Contreras, a freelance photographer who shared in a Pulitzer for his work in Syria last year.  The reason Contreras was let go, basically …
Discussion: @amy_stein and @garonsen
Nick Davies / Guardian:
Brooks 'sought James Murdoch's approval for Sun's backing of Tories'  —  Laptops contained four News International documents and football and racing apps, the Old Bailey told  —  Rebekah Brooks sought the personal approval of James Murdoch for the Sun editorial comment which marked …
Discussion: Hacked Off and @courtnewsuk
James Doleman / The Drum:   Police officer arrested for leaks to the Guardian, phone-hacking trial hears
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Rebekah Brooks ‘asked Times editor for sourcing of Milly Dowler story’
Discussion: @lisaocarroll
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Dozens of journalists injured in Kiev during protests, five people killed  —  This AP photo made its way across Twitter Wednesday, showing journalists covering protests in Kiev.  One, as you can see, wears a colander to protect his head instead of a helmet.  Helmets, you see, were banned by the government.
Dugald Baird / Guardian:
Stan Collymore returns to Twitter and hits out at the Sun  —  Former England footballer asks for ‘solutions to help Twitter police itself’ after suspending account following racist abuse  —  Stan Collymore has criticised the Sun as he returned to Twitter after suspending his account over racist abuse that he received on the site.
Discussion: Softpedia News and Press Gazette
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
CNN laid off more than 40 journalists at end of 2013  —  CNN and HLN “laid off more than 40 senior journalists in its newsgathering operation” at the end of 2013, Matthew Garrahan reports in the Financial Times.  —  The cuts “coincide with changes to the network's programming,” Garrahan writes.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
NewsCred Raises $25 Million to Fill a Content-Marketing War Chest.  (What's Content Marketing Again?)  —  Advertisers have spent the last few years toiling away in the social media fields, and now have long lists of followers on Twitter, Facebook and other platforms to show for their efforts.
Noreen Malone / The New Republic:
What Happens When You Give TV's Biggest Fanboy His Own TV Show?  —  The remarkable rise of Brian Stelter  —  On a recent episode of CNN's media show, “Reliable Sources,” there was a brief moment when the whole enterprise threatened to collapse in on itself.
Johana Bhuiyan / Capital New York: tests new ideas on its Arabic-language channel  —  CNN has just launched the redesigned, the networkÂ's only Arabic-language outlet (and a small territory in its digital portfolio).  But it's more important than that.  The new features introduced …
Discussion: @niemanlab
Gannett Seen Divorcing Print From TV After Belo: Real M&A  —  After doubling down on broadcast stations, Gannett Co. (GCI) could create even more value for shareholders by joining a long line of media companies splitting publishing from television in recent years.
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Court OKs subpoena for commenters' identities  —  The NOLA Media Group has 10 days to hand over the identities of two online commenters, Juliet Linderman reports. … Ellyn Angelotti, a lawyer and Poynter faculty, said that there aren't clear standards on First Amendment protections for online commentators.
Huffington Post plans India edition; launch in May  —  Davos: US-based leading online newspaper Huffington Post is planning to launch an India edition by May this year and negotiations are currently underway to finalise a local partner for this venture.  —  “We are working very hard on our India edition.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Twitter Launches Card Analytics To Let Publishers Monitor Impressions, Clicks And More  —  In a move that could give brands and publishers more insight into what to tweet, today Twitter is rolling out Analytics For Twitter Cards.  The dashboard shows impressions, URL clicks …
Sam Kirkland / Poynter:
As CNN mobile traffic hits 40%, editor calls web vs. apps debate ‘red herring’  —  CNN announced last week that mobile page views accounted for 40 percent of its overall traffic, the result of equally emphasizing its mobile website and mobile apps even as some in the industry remain stuck in an either-or debate.
Discussion: INMA
John Seigenthaler / Al Jazeera America:
Jill Abramson talks to John Seigenthaler  —  Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden helped The New York Times “keep the public informed on what I consider to be very important matters,” says Jill Abramson, the woman who has the final say on what constitutes “all the news that's fit to print.”
Jennifer M. Wood / Wired:
Kickstarter Has Changed Indie Moviemaking for Good  —  While Hollywood insiders talk about which big-budget studio movies made and lost the most money in 2013, there's a far more interesting number to consider: 3,000,000.  That's how many people backed crowdfunding projects for a total …
Discussion: WebProNews
James Traub / Foreign Policy:
Reporting and surviving in a war with no rules  —  In the ancient southeastern Turkish city of Antakya,1 20 miles from the border with Syria, a plump Syrian merchant who calls himself Abu Nabil can be found most evenings drinking tea in the Bellur, a pleasant open-air cafe.
William Wan / Poynter:
Covering China: for foreign and domestic press, self-censorship's the threat  —  It's not easy being a journalist in China these days.  —  Chinese reporters are facing new government restrictions, including forced training in Marxism and a new written “ideology” exam.
John McDermott / Digiday:
Publishers to Ezra Klein: Good Luck!  You'll Need it!  —  Ezra Klein, the wunderkind behind the popular Washington Post policy blog Wonkblog, will be leaving the D.C. daily at the end of this week to pursue his own media venture.  —  Digital publishing executives have a message for him: Good luck: You're going to need it.
Discussion: @digiday and @jayrosen_nyu
John Cassidy / The New Yorker Blog:
Maybe Ezra Klein and Jeff Bezos Are Both Right
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Alice Speri / Al Jazeera America:
Intimidated journalists in Russia hesitate to criticize Sochi Games
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David Meyer / Gigaom:
Net neutrality just got a boost in Europe, thanks to a consumer rights committee
Discussion: and @dweinberger
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Woman felt BBC ‘slammed door in her face’ over Dave Lee Travis complaint
Patrick Frater / Variety:
China Tightens Control of Online Video, Book Publishing
Tom Harper / The Independent:
Cleared former NOTW deputy editor Neil Wallis questioned further by police over hacking
Discussion: Press Gazette
Sam Petulla / The Content Strategist:
An Interview With Jay Rosen on the Future of Native
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Los Angeles Times:
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