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1:50 AM ET, January 12, 2015


 Top News: 
Deborah Cole / Agence France-Presse:
Firebombing at German paper that ran Charlie Hebdo cartoons  —  Berlin (AFP) - A German tabloid that reprinted cartoons from the French satirical paper Charlie Hebdo lampooning the Prophet Mohammed was targeted in firebombing Sunday, police said.  —  With security services on high alert …
New York Times:
Paris March Against Terror Draws Huge Crowds and 40 World Leaders  —  PARIS — Hundreds of thousands of people poured into the streets of Paris to join top French officials and world leaders for a rally and march under extraordinary security in a government-sponsored show of unity and defiance after a series of terrorist attacks.
Teju Cole / New Yorker:
Free speech and liberty were already in crisis before the assault on France's Charlie Hebdo  —  Unmournable Bodies  —  A northern-Italian miller in the sixteenth century, known as Menocchio, literate but not a member of the literary élite, held a number of unconventional theological beliefs.
Brendan Bordelon / National Review:
‘I AM NOT CHARLIE’: Leaked Newsroom Emails Reveal Al Jazeera Fury over Global Support for Charlie Hebdo  —  As journalists worldwide reacted with universal revulsion at the massacre of some of their own by Islamic jihadists in Paris, Al Jazeera English editor and executive producer Salah-Aldeen Khadr sent out a staff-wide email.
Jennifer Schuessler / New York Times:
Charlie Hebdo Attack Chills Satirists and Prompts Debate
New York Times:
Pop music critic Sasha Frere-Jones leaves The New Yorker to join Genius as an executive editor focusing on annotation of lyrics  —  Pop Music Critic Leaves The New Yorker to Annotate Lyrics for a Start-Up  —  Sasha Frere-Jones, the longtime pop music critic for The New Yorker …
John Brownlee / Co.Design:
BuzzFeed hires Cap Watkins as its first vice president of design  —  BuzzFeed Tries To Get Serious About Design  —  THE PUBLISHING EMPIRE HAS HIRED FORMER ETSY DESIGNER CAP WATKINS AS ITS FIRST VP OF DESIGN.  When you think of BuzzFeed, you probably think of listicals of animated cat GIFs …
Discussion: @cap and Cap Watkins, Thanks:@steverubel
George Sandeman / Guardian:
Oxford Mail's WhatsApp news service tops 1,200 subscribers after six months  —  Chat app gets more click on story links than email or Twitter services, according to paper's head of content  —  The Oxford Mail claims its experiment with mobile messaging service WhatsApp has shown …
Catalina Albeanu /
Hyperlocal Brixton Blog crowdfunds new editor  —  Founding editor Zoë Jewell shares her plans for more news coverage and investigations after 5 years of Brixton Blog, and advice for crowdfunding as a local outlet  —  Credit: By Mike on Flickr.  Some rights reserved
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Three From The New Republic Join The Huffington Post  —  Three former senior staff members at The New Republic, who were part of a mass exodus at the magazine late last year, have joined The Huffington Post.  —  The editors Greg Veis and Rachel Morris, and a writer, Jonathan Cohn …
Colin Lecher / The Verge:
“Transparent” wins Golden Globe for best TV comedy, the first major award for an Amazon show  —  Amazon's ‘Transparent’ wins Golden Globe for best TV comedy or musical  —  The winner of the Golden Globe award for best television comedy or musical is Amazon's “Transparent.”
Broadcasters and Arizona's Cronkite School of Journalism team up for special report on heroin Jan. 13  —  ASU Heroin Doc To Run Across Az.  Media  —  Every broadcast television station across Arizona and most of the state's radio outlets will broadcast a commerical-free …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Variety
Matthew Zeitlin / BuzzFeed:
In October, bankers proposed spinning out Sony Pictures for a merger with AMC Networks, hacked emails show  —  A Rare Look Inside The Sausage Factory Of Media Consolidation  —  Modern media is dominated by a handful of giants, each with Byzantine internal structures.  Here's why.  —  Ursula Coyote / AMC
Discussion: @mattzeitlin and @mattzeitlin
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
Twitter plans to sell ads in streams of tweets on other publishers' apps and websites, share revenue
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Eric Blattberg / Digiday:
Medium launches Foreword, a weekly original video conversation series featuring authors and writers
Discussion: @digiday
Andy Carvin / The Team:
Lessons from First Look's during the Charlie Hebdo story: needed more Facebook engagement, maybe a reddit live blog, and more recaps
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