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9:25 PM ET, February 12, 2015


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Reporters Without Borders:
Freedom of information declined in 2/3 of the 180 countries surveyed for World Press Freedom Index  —  World Press Freedom Index 2015: decline on all fronts  —  The Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index ranks the performance of 180 countries according to a range of criteria …
Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
U.S. Drops to 49th in World Press Freedom Rankings, Worst Since Obama Became President  —  Each year, Reporters Without Borders issues a worldwide ranking of nations based on the extent to which they protect or abridge press freedom.  The group's 2015 ranking was released this morning, and the United States is ranked 49th.
Jon Ronson / New York Times:
How One Stupid Tweet Ruined Justine Sacco's Life  —  Credit: Photo illustration by Andrew B. Myers.  Prop stylist: Sonia Rentsch.  —  As she made the long journey from New York to South Africa, to visit family during the holidays in 2013, Justine Sacco, 30 years old and the senior director …
Washington Post:
Within NBC, an intense debate over whether to fire Brian Williams  —  (Stephanie Klein-Davis/Roanoke Times via AP)  —  Senior NBC officials seriously considered firing anchor Brian Williams because he lied to his viewers about riding in a military helicopter hit by a rocket-propelled grenade during …
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Lester Holt seen as heir apparent to Brian Williams at ‘Nightly News’
Emily Steel / New York Times:
Behind NBC's decision to suspend TV anchor Brian Williams, after an internal probe into his tales of facing danger in Iraq and New Orleans
Jeremy Barr / Capital New York:
News Director Jared Keller fired from after plagiarism accusations  —  Jared Keller out at Mic  —  Mic news director Jared Keller has left the company.  A source with knowledge of the decision said that Keller's departure was not voluntary.  —  Keller's work was the subject …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Major news organizations to reveal new freelancer safety guidelines … A coalition of prominent news outlets and journalism advocacy groups Thursday will release a set of guidelines at Columbia Journalism School for the protection of freelancers.  —  The recommendations …
Will Steacy / Popular Mechanics:
How The New York Times Works  —  This is how the Gray Lady gets made in 2015  —  Ernie Booth, the operations manager of the main printing plant of The New York Times, is walking the floor.  The plant is a 515,000-square-foot building in Queens, on the Van Wyck Expressway, half a mile from LaGuardia Airport.
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
Editors at 11 Time Inc. magazines worked on a print ad campaign for Google Chrome mobile app last fall, CEO Joe Ripp tells investors  —  Time, InStyle Editors Helped Create Print Ads for Google Campaign  —  Cost Cutting Boosts Profits During Fourth Quarter  —  TV and Technology
Discussion: @mhbergen and Racked
Nicole Levy / Capital New York:
Time Inc. 2014 revenue $3.28B, down 2% from previous year, digital ad revenue up 6% for the year  —  In its first year on its own, Time Inc. hits some turbulence  —  Fiscal year 2014 was a difficult one for Time Inc., America's largest magazine publisher, which spun off last June …
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Le Monde owner's criticism of HSBC leak coverage lays bare fragility of press freedom  —  AJ Liebling's famous aphorism - “Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one” - cannot be said often enough.  —  I imagine there are journalists in Paris saying something like this today.
Chris Smith / Digiday:
Publisher departures, technical glitches, and lack of signups led to the failure of Piano Media's countrywide Slovenian paywall  —  How a countrywide paywall faltered  —  Publishers on the hunt for digital media are increasingly turning to paywalls or metered-access systems.
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
CBS Q4 2014 beats estimates with $3.68B revenue on football, local political ads, but net earnings down due to NFL payments  —  NFL Pushes CBS Revenue Up, But Cuts into Profits  —  CBS reported lower profits in the fourth quarter because of big payments to the NFL for Thursday Night Football offset gains in advertising revenue.
Kevin Draper / Deadspin:
Yahoo deleted blog post last year and considered firing its writer after the owner of Cleveland Cavaliers complained to Marissa Mayer  —  Dan Gilbert Didn't Like A Yahoo Blog Post, So Yahoo Deleted It  —  Quicken Loans is a predatory lender.  It's impossible to read the numerous lawsuits …
Nicole Levy / Capital New York:
Jason Whitlock on The Undefeated, ESPN's site focused on race and sports launching this summer  —  Inside ESPN's plans for ‘The Undefeated’  —  It's been 17 months since sportswriter Jason Whitlock returned to ESPN to launch a site about the intersection of race and sports …
Discussion: Variety and NetNewsCheck Latest
David Dawson / The Diplomat:
Chinese Authorities Snuff out Last Online Remnants of the New York Times  —  The paper's last social media account vanished from Sina Weibo this week.  —  Likes  —  On Monday the Chinese authorities played one of the last cards in their war against the New York Times in Chinese cyberspace.
R. Thomas Umstead / Multichannel News:
Fusion To Create Primetime ‘Nightline’ Series  —  ‘Nightline On Fusion’ Debuts Feb. 18  —  usion will air its own version of ABC's late-night news show Nightline, the network said Thursday.  —  Nightline On Fusion will launch Feb. 18 air at 8 p.m. and will include stories from the late-night program …
Discussion: TVNewser and The Wrap
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Toronto Star:
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CBS News:
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