Networks announce State of the Union coverage plans, with a controlled leak to draw you in

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The media is focusing on tonight's State of the Union address, with news outlets promoting their coverage plans and, in some cases, the news that's been leaking out about what the President will say.

CNN, for instance, was touting this morning how the network's shiny new anchor Jake Tapper "breaks news that Pres. Obama will announce 34K US troops will return from Afghanistan."

Of course he wasn't the only one to break it: items that ran pretty much contemporaneously elsewhere attributed the newsbreak to unnamed sources, suggesting a not-very-tightly controlled leak. (The New York Times has an item in today's paper citing "an administration official familiar with the speech.")

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At any rate, CNN's coverage plans are as follows:

Leading the network’s coverage will be anchors Wolf Blitzer, Kate Bolduan, Erin Burnett, Anderson Cooper, Chris Cuomo and Jake Tapper. Special guests providing analysis and perspective include former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm. Dana Bash will report live from inside the U.S. House chamber and Jessica Yellin will provide updates from the White House.

Commentary will be provided throughout the evening by chief political analyst Gloria Borger, senior political analyst David Gergen, along with political contributors Cornell Belcher, Donna Brazile, Alex Castellanos, Margaret Hoover, Van Jones and Ana Navarro.

Other announcements we've come across include NBC News:

The online pre-show and full broadcast will be anchored live from Washington, DC by “NBC Nightly News” and “Rock Center” anchor and managing editor Brian Williams, joined by “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory, “TODAY” co-host Savannah Guthrie, NBC News political director and chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd, and chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell, as well as Capitol Hill correspondent Kelly O’Donnell inside the House chamber.

Following the Republican response from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Williams will get further reaction from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), joining from Capitol Hill, and Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA), joining from the Governor’s mansion in Baton Rouge.

And The Wall Street Journal, which sent a note to employees announcing WSJ Live's coverage:

Joined by an insightful line-up of Washington insiders and analysts, the Journal’s Washington bureau chief Jerry Seib will host WSJ Live’s coverage of President Obama’s address tonight. Beginning at 8:45 p.m. ET.

The livestream will include the full presidential address, GOP response by Senator Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) and pre- and post-show analysis.

TV Newser, meanwhile, has the details on what the business networks are planning. And Michael Calderone confirms the guest list for the president's annual pre-SOTU lunch with TV anchors.

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Jim Roberts is headed to Reuters. [The New York Observer]

No more leaks in The New York Times' paywall. [New York/Daily Intel]

More notes from Gerry Baker's Town Hall sessions with Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones staff. [Jim Romenesko]

The guest list for this year's off-record pre-State of the Union lunch with TV anchors. [The Huffington Post]

Jake Tapper's new CNN show gets a name. [Politico/On Media]

Stars and Stripes vs. Esquire. [Politico/On Media]

Jonah Lehrer talks plagiarism. [Jim Romenesko]

The Verge is mulling a print edition. [Jim Romenesko]

Popular Times assistant managing editor Jim Roberts, who took a buyout, is moving to Reuters (with the 80,000 followers of @nycjim). [The New York Observer]

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The Guardian is touting record U.S. traffic:

Today the Guardian announced record-setting US traffic, which topped 12.5 million monthly unique visitors in January 2013, and is growing at a year over year rate of 31%. The latest figure surpasses the Guardian US's previous record of 11.5 million monthly unique visitors in October 2012, and is up from 10.9 million visitors in December 2012.

This growth maintains the Guardian US’s lead over BBC news and Reuters (for the fourth consecutive month), according to industry analyst ComScore.

“Two traffic records within four months is a testament to the Guardian’s commitment to finding innovative ways to bring news to our US readers,” said US editor-in-chief Janine Gibson. “Our dedication to open, collaborative and interactive journalism will continue to play a central role in our reporting as we build on our growth in 2013.”

DNAinfo has launched a New York City schools guide:

New York City parents seeking the perfect elementary school now have an invaluable resource at DNAinfo.com/NYCSchoolsGuide. Designed as the most comprehensive resource available about the city’s primary schools, the NYC Public Schools Guide details top public schools in neighborhoods across the five boroughs.

The Guide, available online and in print, includes an interactive web tool that enables parents to search their neighborhood elementary schools to compare with others in each district, and across the city. The ranking is based on the percentage of 4th graders at each school who passed the English Language Arts (ELA) tests.

“Of all the decisions parents must make in New York City, none inspires more stress than where to send your child to school,” said Julie Shapiro, DNAinfo.com New York’s NYC Kids Editor. “We’ve highlighted the most popular, high-performing elementary schools alongside up-and-coming programs that are just beginning to attract buzz.”

The Guide also includes details on 2013 zoning changes, magnet and dual-language programs, schools with lengthy waiting lists and new kindergarten application procedures. Parents can also find specifics on special education, pre-Kindergarten and gifted and talented programs.

“Over the last several months, our reporters have talked to dozens of parents, teachers and principals about what makes their schools special in neighborhoods from Park Slope to Astoria. Our goal is to help parents navigate the overwhelming array of options no matter what part of the city they live in,” said Michael P. Ventura, managing editor of DNAinfo.com New York.

The full NYC Public Schools Guide is available here: DNAinfo.com/NYCSchoolsGuide.

The latest from local long-form journalism website Narratively:

We're holding our official launch party on February 20, which coincides with the forthcoming relaunch of our website and the kickoff of our new live event series. The event, on Wednesday, February 20, will be at Powerhouse Arena, the book-shop-cum-event-space in Dumbo. Its free, and open to the public, from 7-9 pm, and will feature a performance by Rhinestone Guerilla Burlesque, and an accompanying band; as well as a live multimedia storytelling show by Flying Hand Collective, featuring music, projections and spoken word; a free raffle; and other narrative surprises. To top that off, guests will be treated to free beer from Brooklyn Brewery, cookies from Tate's Bake Shop, as well as wine and other snacks.