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11:20 AM ET, January 27, 2015


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Trevor Timm / Guardian:
The war on leaks has gone way too far when journalists' emails are under surveillance  —  The US government's demands for the private emails of WikiLeaks staffers is outrageous.  Disliking Julian Assange is a disgraceful reason anyone to stay silent  —  he outrageous legal attack on WikiLeaks …
Matt Apuzzo / New York Times:
Ex-CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling convicted of espionage in leak to NYT reporter James Risen  —  C.I.A. Officer in Leak Case, Jeffrey Sterling, Is Convicted of Espionage  —  Jeffrey A. Sterling, a former Central Intelligence Agency officer, was convicted of espionage charges Monday …
Justin McCurry / Guardian:
Hopes raised for release of Japanese journalist held by Isis  —  Jordan may be willing to free convicted suicide bomber in return for release of Kenji Goto and Jordanian pilot, says report  —  Jordan may be willing to free a convicted suicide bomber in return for the release of a Japanese journalist …
Yuri Kageyama / Associated Press:
Japan Turns to ‘I Am Kenji’ Facebook Page on Hostage Crisis  —  TOKYO (AP) — The plight of freelance journalist Kenji Goto, taken captive by Islamic State group militants, has gripped Japan, and the people's hopes for his safety are now on Facebook with a simple, unifying plea: “I am Kenji.”
Nina Strochlic / The Daily Beast:
Getty advertises high rates for exclusive footage of Islamic State hostage Kenji Goto, raising questions about surge pricing of news
Discussion: @noahshachtman
Jinen Kamdar / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter starts rolling out group Direct Messaging, 30-second video capture and sharing  —  Now on Twitter: group Direct Messages and mobile video camera  —  A few months ago, we mentioned some features coming soon, and today we're excited to start rolling out two of them: group messaging and a new mobile video experience.
Tom LoBianco / Indianapolis Star:
Governor of Indiana plans to launch state-run, taxpayer-funded news service to compete with other media  —  Pence state-run news outlet will compete with media  —  Gov. Mike Pence is starting a state-run news service that will provide pre-written news stories to Indiana news outlets …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Snapchat “Discover” content feature launches Tuesday  —  Snapchat's boosters have long argued the company could be more than just a messaging service: It could also be a platform for media companies to reach the startup's youthful audience.  —  Now Snapchat will try to deliver on its promises.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Not a Very P.C. Thing to Say — How the language police are perverting liberalism.  —  Not a Very P.C. Thing to Say  —  How the language police are perverting liberalism.  —  Around 2 a.m. on December 12, four students approached the apartment of Omar Mahmood, a Muslim student …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
London Live local television station to cut third of staff  —  Evgeny Lebedev's channel to re-invest savings made from around 20 people going from news and current affairs teams into programming content  —  Evgeny Lebedev's struggling London TV station is to cut 20 jobs, around a third of its staff …
NPR Visuals:
How NPR created a passive TV app to display voting results at election night parties  —  Putting Radio On The Televison  —  For election night 2014, we wanted to do something different.  —  We guessed that the dedicated wonks — the ones who want to drill down into detailed data and maps …
Brant Houston / The American University in Cairo:
Investigative journalists build new networks and partnerships, but funding challenges remain  —  WATCHDOGS UNLEASHED  —  It was February 2009 when veteran investigative journalist Laura Frank lost her job with the closure of the Rocky Mountain News, a newspaper that had served Denver for 150 years.
Justin Rocket Silverman / NY Daily News:
Vivian Schiller talks tech integration in journalism at Daily News Innovation Lab ‘Conversation’ event  —  While touting a strong economy and the number of industry jobs, Schiller — whose past gigs found her in management positions at NBC News, NPR, The New York Times and Twitter …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Texas Monthly publisher resigns, president retires; Cincinnati mag publisher to be president  —  Leadership shuffle at Texas Monthly  —  A little less than a year after losing its star editor in chief to The New York Times, Texas Monthly has seen another shake-up in its leadership.
Discussion: FishbowlNY and MediaPost
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Four years after Met began investigating journalists: £33.5m spent, 64 arrested and/or charged, four jailed  —  In January 2011 the Met Police launched what is now reckoned to have become the biggest UK criminal investigation ever, into journalists.  —  It began with the targeting …
Richard Parker / Columbia Journalism Review:
How the Houston Chronicle is catching up to a changing city  —  Top editor Nancy Barnes opens up about the paper's transition  —  HOUSTON, TX — The biggest city in Texas isn't just big.  Houston is vast, growing, and changing—fast.  —  The city proper is the fourth largest in the country …
Investigative News Network:
Reporters Committee Partners With INN As A Media Law Resource For Nonprofit News Organizations  —  The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has partnered with the Investigative News Network to provide its more than 100 non-profit news organization members with First Amendment …
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