If you logged off during the final weeks of December, here’s a quick guide to the media news you missed.
- Rupert Murdoch joined Twitter, (as did his wife) and is already generating controversy.
- The New York Times announced it would sell its 16 regional newspapers to Halifax Media Group, keeping some staff. Hundreds of Times staffers expressed frustration over exiting CEO Janet Robinson’s severance package, a pension freeze and other contract matters. Times users were confused when the paper accidentally sent 8 million people a special subscription email offer intended for 300 people.
- The Chicago Sun-Times was sold, and Warren Buffett‘s Berkshire Hathaway became the official owner of the Omaha World-Herald.
- Philadelphia Daily News sportswriter Bill Conlin resigned over allegations he sexually abused a series of people in the 1960s and ’70s. Seven people have now come forward, including three since the Inquirer first published the accusations.
- The House Judiciary Committee debated the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and will continue this month to discuss the bill, which would change copyright enforcement for most of the websites you use daily.
And in case 2012 really is the end-time foreseen by the doomsdayers, the Salem, Ore., Statesman Journal has prepared a story budget for journalists who will be covering the apocalypse.