The report from Gaza, on CNN and Twitter; ‘Times’ is ‘ON IT’

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Anderson Cooper, live from Gaza. ()
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The situation in Gaza is escalating, and so too is the coverage of the coverage.

The Huffington Post's Michael Calderone has a piece today about how reporting from Gaza has changed since the last time there was a major conflict there in 2008:

Widespread social media use is the other significant change in Gaza coverage from winter 2008-2009, with citizens uploading their own videos and journalists engaging over Twitter, Reddit and Google+.

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In covering the war in Syria, news organizations have often relied on raw footage from areas where no journalists were present. It's a different situation now in Gaza, where numerous journalists are reporting each major strike throughout the day in real time on Twitter, often adding context and details as soon as they are available.

TV Newser recaps how the Gaza story played out on cable news last night, with CNN devoting the most coverage of the three major networks:

CNN had by far the most coverage of the conflict, dedicating just about every segment in every hour from 7-11PM to the conflict. Much of the reporting was done from the region, including Anderson Cooper in Gaza. The only exception was 9 PM’s “Piers Morgan Tonight,” which secured an important “get,” an interview with Israel’s President, Shimon Peres.

Meanwhile, the Committee to Protect Journalists yesterday called on Israeli authorities to "immediately halt airstrikes" targetting media outlets in Gaza.

The international press advocacy group reports that a series of airstrikes began Sunday targeting two buildings known to house international and local news organizations, and that a handful of journalists have been injured.

"Israel should respect its obligations under international law and immediately halt its attacks against news media offices," said CPJ Middle East and North Africa program coordinator Sherif Mansour in a statement. "Authorities know these buildings are home to numerous news organizations whose employees are civilians protected by international law."

On Al Jazeera last night, an anchor for the network sparred with with a spokesman for the Israeli prime minister over the alleged attacks.

"You've got the intelligence that journalists were all over that building," the anchor said.

"Let me remind you, journalists are not armed combatants Those journalists have a job to get the story out ... you clearly are targeting the media, aren't you? You're shooting the messenger."

In other news...

Two top former Rupert Murdoch aides will be charged with bribery in the U.K. News Corp. scandal. [The New York Times]

With the clouds of the scandal "lifting," Murdoch is in acquisition mode. [The New York Times]

Twitter temporarily suspended the "Times is On It" parody account after The New York Times complained of the account's use of the Times logo. [Poynter]

Roger Ailes: "My life would be so much easier if I were just more liberal." [TV Newser]

The Wall Street Journal gave a farewell toast to outgoing executive editor Alan Murray on Monday afternoon. [Talking Biz News]

Men's Health editor-in-chief David Zinczenko is out. [New York Post]

Yahoo is eyeing TVGuide.com. [AllThingsD]

Tom Rosenstiel is leaving Pew's Project for Excellence in Journalism to become executive director of the American Press Institute. [Poynter]

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New York Times pollster Nate Silver stopped by "Morning Joe" this morning to talk about his successful election predictions:

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As expected, News Corp. has confirmed an agreement to acquire a 49-percent stake in YES, the Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network:

The media rights agreement is subject to Major League Baseball approval. The investment is expected to close by the end of the calendar year.

The current owners: Yankee Global Enterprises, Goldman Sachs and other investors will reduce their ownership in connection with this transaction. After three years, News Corporation may acquire an additional stake in the YES Network that could bring its ownership to 80 percent, at which time Yankee Global Enterprises would retain a significant minority stake in the network.

Since its inception in 2002, YES has grown its footprint to include local availability in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, and parts of Pennsylvania, as well as national availability on several cable and satellite television distributors. The network currently showcases live Yankees and Nets games to approximately 9 million households in the teams’ television territory in the New York area. Outside of the New York area, the YES Network also distributes a variety of national programming to millions of homes across the country.

“We've long been a believer in the unique appeal of sports entertainment. Partnering upstream with rights holders is even more important today in the dynamic media marketplace in which we compete. This is a tremendous opportunity to enhance News Corporation’s industry-leading portfolio of sports properties, while also strategically re-entering the New York market,” said James Murdoch, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, News Corporation. “The YES Network represents the gold standard for regional sports networks and is a pioneer in sports media. We look forward to working with Yankee Global Enterprises, the network’s management team, and all of our partners to build on a decade of success and take the YES Network to even greater heights.”