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UnknownReuters’ sources say Tribune will emerge from bankruptcy on December 31, “setting the stage for the new company to sell off its newspapers to focus on the WGN cable channel and other TV assets.” UT-San Diego owner Doug Manchester and Orange County Register owner Aaron Kushner are said to be interested in the company’s papers. || Associated Press: “Kushner cautioned that he hasn’t examined Tribune’s finances but signaled he would move quickly if he determined its newspapers are a good fit.”

* Sources say Tribune will exit bankruptcy Dec. 31 (Reuters via chicagotribune.com)

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WBAP quickly corrected the error, reports Eric Nicholson. Its follow-up email said: “A message erroneously reporting the death of President George H.W. Bush was sent out moments ago by WBAP News. Mr. Bush has not passed away. We sincerely apologize for this error.”

* WBAP announces death of George H.W. Bush, quickly realizes he’s not dead (dallasobserver.com)

* Fire official objects to “putting that thought in someone’s mind” (washingtonexaminer.com)
* “Disclaimer — The Post does not encourage such behavior” (washingtonpost.com)

I asked Patch staffers Thursday to comment on a report that editors are being given more communities to cover and freelance budgets are being cut in 2013. Here are two responses that came in:

From a Patch editor:
“We were told earlier this month that all freelance budgets would drop to zero on Jan. 1. But last week, management decided that was too drastic and some freelance money has been restored, although we’re waiting to hear how much. Meanwhile, the hiring freeze remains in place. As people leave, some local editors are having to run multiple sites.”
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Another staffer:
“I work for Patch and can confirm that regional editors have not been given word on their 2013 budgets. However, it looks like the freelance budget will be reduced when the regions get their numbers in the early first quarter. The cuts leave many contract editorial staff and freelancers out of work. The reduction in staff and budgets is part of the company’s plan to try to make up for the lost money and achieve profitability by the end of 2013. Many regions are condensing staff and plan to not fill vacated positions. The sites will also all be changing to look like the Patch 2.0 social media sites in New York. Almost all the editors will be taking on two sites. In turn, this will end the 1:1 (1 editor, 1 town) staff plan. The cuts have left many editors covering town miles away from where they currently cover. Most editors are also frustrated and at their breaking point. It seems like management is just making it up as they go.”

I’ve asked Patch for a comment on its 2013 plans. | UPDATE: “We are not going to comment on 2013 plans,” says Patch senior publicist Joe Wiggins. “We’ll certainly be in touch if we have any announcements to make.”

* Patch editor pulls story about his missing glove after being criticized on social media (bostinno.com)

covers
* Here are some of best magazine covers of 2012, according to Ad Age. (adage.com)
* Pearson takes a 5% stake in Barnes & Noble’s Nook business. (nytimes.com)
* New York Post report about Instagram is “flat-out wrong,” says Zach Seward. (qz.com)
* Judge says the Los Angeles Times can argue for the release of full church abuse files. (latimes.com)
* The guest column that you won’t read in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. (facebook.com)
* Ebony magazine managing editor Terry Glover is dead of colon cancer at 57. (chicagotribune.com)
* “Disrupt” and four other tech terms to banish in 2013. (geekwire.com)
* The word “Twitterverse” annoys many, according to the Marist Poll. (gigaom.com)
* Erika Fry: Aside from Twitter, 2012’s big online winner was BuzzFeed. (fortune.com)
* Seattle Times publishes its pictures-of-the-year project as an iBook. (copydesk.org)
* Magazine launches in 2012 climbed back to their pre-recession 2008 levels. (nypost.com)
* Chicago Tribune’s former real estate director is charged with defrauding the company. (chicagotribune.com)
* J. Crew responds to Delia Ephron’s “whiny” New York Times op-ed. (mediabistro.com)