Afternoon report: Who knew Will Leitch wrote for Sporting News? Why BuzzFeed vs. The Oatmeal matters; and more

Will Leitch: “I’ve been the front-of-the-book columnist for Sporting News for more than four years now and I don’t personally know a single person who knows that fact, outside my family and my editors there.

Leitch in Sporting News

“The only people I’ve ever met who knew I was the columnist were people who personally emailed the address next to the column itself. Many of them people were in prison or currently, that second, in the dentist office.” (leitch.tumblr.com)
* Sporting News prints its final magazine after 126 years. (shermanreport.com)
* The most-viewed online stories of 2012 (Frank Rich takes the crown at New York). (wplucey.com)
* Guild members at the Cleveland Plain Dealer approve a new contract. (newsnet5.com)
* Parents of missing journalist Austin Tice know next to nothing about their son’s status. (csmonitor.com)
* McKay Coppins goes from political reporter to political editor at BuzzFeed. (buzzfeed.com)
* Why the BuzzFeed vs. The Oatmeal fight actually matters. (hypervocal.com)
* “You don’t mess with The Oatmeal.” (cjr.org)
* Marijuana activist says Denver’s Fox 31 rigged its stoned driving story. (westword.com)
* Fox News contributor roughed up at Michigan union protest. (washingtonpost.com)
* Why did the Society of Environmental Journalists let “a polluting company” (Koch Industries) sponsor its conference? (texasobserver.com)
* Gannett CEO Gracia Martore sells $1.3 million of Gannett stock. (gannettblog.com)
* Bose headphones and USA Today in the same league? (@ajkeen via @dankennedy_nu)
* Second-graders from KW News cover President Obama’s speech in Michigan. (deadlinedetroit.com)
* Sure, I remember “The Wilton North Report” — “The Daily Show” of the 1980s. (splitsider.com)

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