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The attorney general has released updated guidelines for investigating journalists

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Changes in the Department of Justice’s guidelines for investigating journalists include approval in each case by the attorney general, Julia Edwards reported for Reuters. The changes were announced Wednesday.

The new guidelines dictate that the attorney general, not simply a member of the Justice Department staff, must authorize probes into all “newsgathering activities,” striking old language that applied only to “ordinary newsgathering activities,” a Justice Department official said.

News organizations objected to that language, Eric Tucker reported for the Associated Press.

The updated policy revises protocols announced last year amid outrage among news organizations over Obama administration tactics. It was released just as the Justice Department abandoned its yearslong efforts to compel a New York Times reporter to testify in the trial of a former CIA officer accused of disclosing classified information.

Here’s today’s press release:

WASHINGTON –Attorney General Eric Holder announced today expanded revisions to the Justice Department’s policy regarding obtaining information from, or records of, members of the news media.

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AP Stylebook, parenting edition: ‘It’s baby-sit, baby-sitting, baby-sat and baby sitter.’

On Tuesday, the Associated Press’ monthly style chat focused on parenting with Leanne Italie. As you’ll see from the collection of tweets below, we quickly move through the stages of life, from baby sitter to teens to elder care in three tweets. Enjoy.

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New AP exhibit has images from every Super Bowl since 1967

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The Associated Press has a free photo exhibit in Glendale, Arizona, open weekends through the Super Bowl. “Super Moments, Superstars, Super Game—An Associated Press Exhibit” features 50 images that go back to the first Super Bowl in 1967, according to the AP.

“AP photojournalists have been documenting the Super Bowl since it began,” said Santiago Lyon, AP vice president and director of photography. “We’re thrilled to offer some of their best work ahead of this year’s game.”

In this Feb. 7, 2010 file photo, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) holds his son Baylen after the NFL Super Bowl XLIV football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Miami. The Saints won 31-17. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

In this Feb. 7, 2010 file photo, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) holds his son Baylen after the NFL Super Bowl XLIV football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Miami. The Saints won 31-17. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

More Super Bowl looks back: One time, Elvis Presto performed at the halftime show. Ads used to cost a lot less. So did tickets. Read more

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AP’s year of freaking out language geeks

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In March, the editors of the AP Stylebook changed a rule that may seem obscure to non-journalists: No longer would it enforce a distinction between “over” and “more than.”

The news of this change was Poynter’s most popular post of 2014, and reactions from journalists, many of whom had treasured the rule, were sometimes sad and often hilarious.

But AP’s reign of terror wasn’t more than yet (OK, I’ll stop now). The next month it issued guidance that probably had a greater effect on journalists: “Effective May 1, the AP will spell out state names in the body of stories.” No more “Calif.”! Read more

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Hollywood to journalism: Delete, delete, delete

Good morning. My name is Kristen Hare and I’ll be driving this thing for awhile. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Hollywood is concerned about the ethics and morals of journalism

    Sony's lawyer sent a letter to news organizations demanding that the documents stolen from the company in the recent hack be "avoided, and destroyed." (The New York Times) | Aaron Sorkin totally agrees. (The New York Times.) | Dan Kennedy does not. "Dear Sony: Stealing information is a crime. Receiving stolen information and publishing it is protected by the First Amendment." (@dankennedy_nu) | RELATED: Here's a pretty good explainer if you're not sure how we got to the place where the creator of a show about a fictional newsroom is doling out advice to real ones. (Fusion)

  2. The Sydney siege continues

    Chris Kenny, associate editor of The Australian, left the Lindt cafe with a coffee just before the gunman took over.

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2014′s best in photos include Ebola, selfies and Ferguson

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This year in images includes people in hazmat suits both in the U.S. and in West Africa, protests in Ukraine, Ferguson and Hong Kong, the Sochi Olympics, the World Cup in Brazil, wars, death and selfies. The Associated Press and Time have released their choices for photos of the year, and if you’d like to take part in that choosing, Getty Images lets you vote in their current search for the most moving images.

Here are a few from the AP:

 Nine-year-old Nowa Paye is taken to an ambulance after showing signs of the Ebola infection in the village of Freeman Reserve, about 30 miles north of Monrovia, Liberia,Tuesday Sept. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

Nine-year-old Nowa Paye is taken to an ambulance after showing signs of the Ebola infection in the village of Freeman Reserve, about 30 miles north of Monrovia, Liberia,Tuesday Sept. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

Pope Francis, center, flanked by Israel's President Shimon Peres, left, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, left, pray for peace in the Vatican gardens, Sunday, June 8, 2014. Pope Francis waded head-first into Mideast peace-making, welcoming the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to the Vatican for an evening of peace prayers just weeks after the last round of U.S.-sponsored negotiations collapsed. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)

Pope Francis, center, flanked by Israel’s President Shimon Peres, left, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, left, pray for peace in the Vatican gardens, Sunday, June 8, 2014.

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Kathy Gannon: ‘I’m going back to Afghanistan, for sure’

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“I’m going to go back to Afghanistan, for sure,” Kathy Gannon says in an interview with Susan Ormiston. Gannon and fellow AP journalist Anja Niedringhaus were shot in Afghanistan in April; Niedringhaus “died instantly,” Gannon says.

“I just feel more just sad that she’s not here,” Gannon says about Niedringhaus. “I just miss her all the time.”

Gannon has had “had 14 surgeries on her arms, shoulder and hand,” the CBC reports. “I’ve done some writing using just these fingers, and I’m getting really fast,” Gannon says.

“I’m definitely going back,” Gannon says. “And I know Anja would be exactly the same. I am not going to let some crazy gunman decide my future.” She says, “there are wonderful stories to be told, still, and I want to tell them.” Read more

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It’s ‘Bah! Humbug!’ and other holiday style advice from the AP

British actor Albert Finney waves his cane while playing the title role in “Scrooge,” at Shepperton Studios, near London, Jan. 15, 1970. (AP Photo/R. Dear)

British actor Albert Finney waves his cane while playing the title role in “Scrooge,” at Shepperton Studios, near London, Jan. 15, 1970. (AP Photo/R. Dear)

The Associated Press held a style chat Tuesday on holiday terms with lifestyles editor Julie Rubin. Taken in their parts or as a whole, these style chats always feel useful and a bit funny: “Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus would also be known as the Clauses.”

Here are some tweets from the holiday style chat.

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Fergus Bell leaves AP for startup that helps newsrooms verify content

Fergus Bell, who helped the Associated Press develop standards for verifying user-generated content, will become the head of newsroom partnerships and innovation at Social Asset Management Inc. SAM sells software to newsrooms that helps them build verification of UGC into their workflows.

“Moving to a startup was something that was pretty difficult, but I think it was a natural extension of the work I’ve been doing,” Bell said in a phone call. He’s SAM’s first employee with a news background and will visit newsrooms considering its product, as well as help his coworkers figure out what newsrooms need.

Bell will remain in London. He said SAM’s small size (he’ll be its sixth employee) was a major enticement to move from AP, where he was international social media and UGC editor — “I’m really excited to be a part of a team where an idea can come up in the morning and be executed in the afternoon,” he said. Read more

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BUTTERBALL TURKEY FOR THANKSGIVING DINNER

Here’s why food editors don’t mess with Thanksgiving (but some would like to)

You can always call the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line, which is still a thing, at 1-800-BUTTERBALL.  (PRNewsFoto/Butterball Turkey Company)

You can always call the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line(TM) at 1-800-BUTTERBALL. (PRNewsFoto/Butterball Turkey Company)

It was around the Jewish High Holy Days, actually, when Sheryl Julian learned not to mess with people’s recipes. The menu was pretty much the same for the Jewish community in Boston, Julian said, who were then largely Ashkenazi.

“One year I found a Sephardic Jewish woman raised in north Africa and she gave me this wonderful menu,” said Julian, food editor for The Boston Globe.

About a month later, a woman stopped Julian after she gave a talk “and she said, ‘I have a bone to pick with you. What where you doing printing that recipe on the High Holy Day? That’s not what the Jews in Boston make.’”

Yes, Julian replied, but wasn’t it interesting?

“And she said, ‘it was different and i wasn’t interested.’”

Don’t you have your own recipes? Julian asked the woman.

“And she said, ‘of course i do, I just want to read everyone else’s.’”

Julian realized something just then. Read more

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