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The Washington Post has bought a total of $9.6 million in Facebook ads over the last three years, reports David Benoit. Washington Post Co. chairman Donald Graham is a close friend of Mark Zuckerberg and sits on Facebook’s board. Netflix bought $3.8 million in ads on Facebook last year, and $1.6 million the previous year. Founder Reed Hastings is also on Facebook’s board.
* Read the Wall Street Journal’s Facebook IPO coverage
* Big payday coming for graffiti artist who took shares for painting Facebook walls

“For all of its difficulties, NPR is arguably better, and more vital, than it’s ever been,” says Vanity Fair writer David Margolick. “NPR has remained serious at a time when news elsewhere is getting fluffier and fluffier. NPR is an absolutely crucial component of our democracy, which depends on a well-informed citizenry.”
* Behind NPR’s terrible year (NCTimes.com)
* National Public Rodeo (Vanity Fair)

Image by @nprnews

I asked Dave Kaleta what inspired him to build his Lego depictions of Peter Sagal and Carl Kasell, and if they were turned over to the “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me” hosts. He writes back:

I was on a September episode of “Wait Wait” as the limerick contestant. I had previously been to two tapings, and I just love the show. I applied online and got a phone call from a producer who attended the same school I teach at and attended. When I told her about Lego, she said Peter was a really big fan of Lego and had been to the U.S.’s largest convention held in the Chicago area (Brickworld) where I have displayed some of my work.

When I was on the show, we did have a chat about Lego, and the dissected frog, but that didn’t make it to air. Afterwards, I sent Peter an email thanking him and asked if I could build something for him. He invited me at attend a taping, look around, and see if there was anything I wanted to build. I already had an idea (the Cubedude style I built in was conceived by Angus MacLane, who works for Pixar).

My girlfriend and I built [the Lego versions of Sagal/Kasell] together – it only took about an hour and a half – and brought them to the taping where we presented them to Peter and Carl backstage. So, yes, they do belong to Peter and Carl now and the rest of the room was very envious.

* Check out Sagal and Kasell holding their Legos

A Romenesko emailer writes:

AP is quietly (as possible) initiating a round of layoffs.

During the past two weeks, AP has let two assistant bureau chiefs on the East Coast go and three bureau chiefs in the Midwest go.

The layoffs are now spreading to the “rank-and-file” with two employees in AP Images in New York laid off last week.

Then this week entertainment reporter Rosalie Fox in Los Angeles, with nearly 20 years with the company and a photo editor in San Francisco, who had 12 years with the company, was also laid off. Several other reporters across the country were let go today.

I asked AP spokesman Paul Colford to respond. He writes:

There were changes made recently among our bureau chiefs. In addition, a restructuring in editorial results in 10 staffers leaving AP. Like most companies in this media economy, we are adjusting our staffing to reflect changing market needs, as well as the skills mix we require to meet those needs.

UPDATE — This from a tipster: “An element left out of your post is that the AP is spiking its premium-service personal finance wire, which was started in late 2008. The 5 staffers are being reassigned, 4 within BizNews & one reverting back to the Des Moines buro. The editor of the vertical is also reassigned within BizNews. Business News editor Hal Ritter called the personal finance effort ‘a journalistic success and a business failure’ at a staff meeting Tuesday.”

The AP is looking for an entertainment photo planning editor based in LA.

Meanwhile, The Wrap reports that Los Angeles Times advertising veep and chief revenue officer John T. O’Loughlin has left the paper and is joining the Houston Chronicle as president.

Former Harper’s Bazaar intern Xuedan Wang accuses the magazine’s owner, Hearst, of violating federal and state laws by not paying her even though she often worked full time. The woman and her law firm are hoping to make the case a class action on behalf of other unpaid interns at the various Hearst magazines.
* Former intern sues Hearst over unpaid work, hopes to create class action

THE PRESS RELEASE IS AFTER THE JUMP Read More

The 2012 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting finalists are:

Brian Ross, Anna Schecter and the ABC News Investigative Team
ABC News 20/20
“Peace Corps: A Trust Betrayed”

Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman, Eileen Sullivan and Chris Hawley
Associated Press
“NYPD Intelligence Division”

Jim Morris, Ronnie Greene, Chris Hamby and Keith Epstein, Center for Public Integrity and
Elizabeth Shogren, Howard Berkes, Sandra Bartlett and Susanne Reber, National Public Radio
“Poisoned Places: Toxic Air, Neglected Communities”

Mark Greenblatt, David Raziq and Keith Tomshe
KHOU-TV (CBS Houston)
“A Matter of Risk: Radiation, Drinking Water, and Deception”

Danny Hakim and Russell Buettner
The New York Times
“Abused and Used”

Dafna Linzer and Jennifer LaFleur
ProPublica (co-published with The Washington Post)
“Presidential Pardons”

The press release is after the jump. Read More

Katelyn Ferral

Katelyn Ferral of the Raleigh-based News & Observer was covering an Occupy-related SWAT team incident when police ordered her to the ground. She identified herself as a reporter and showed ID, but Chapel Hill police still cuffed her and kept her face-down on the ground for 15 minutes. N&O editor John Drescher writes:

There was no reason to detain Ferral, other than police didn’t know what to do with her. In this country, that’s not a good enough reason to force a citizen to lie face down and be cuffed.

A majority of the council recognized that. We accept their apology and will work with Chapel Hill to help police and journalists do their jobs.

* Town apologizes to newspaper for arresting reporter
* News & Observer accepts Chapel Hill’s apology
* Nov. 13: Police arrest Chapel Hill protesters and N&O reporter
* Watch Ferral’s “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” appearance