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Chris O'Shea is a freelance writer. His work has appeared in Esquire, GQ, New York's Vulture, The Awl, The Village Voice and more. He wishes Carmelo Anthony would pass the damn ball.

HuffPost Leads Way on Facebook

Huffington-Post-150x150NewsWhip has announced its first “Whippies,” because everyone needs some sort of “It’s the end of the year so here’s some stuff to look at while you wait for your holiday vacation to start” item. The site’s awards honor the publishers that had the most impact on Facebook and Twitter.

In the news category, HuffPost dominated Facebook:

The Huffington Post’s blogging platform looks to be a key pillar in their success on Facebook in particular. For instance, one of their most-shared stories of the year was titled ‘10 Things Your Mom Never Told You‘, had over 300,000 shares, and was written by a guest blogger, rather than a staff writer. The Huff Po is unique in being able to give content an unrivaled platform on social media, and they set new records for overall monthly engagement on Facebook during 2014.

Huh. An article titled “10 Things Your Mom Never Told You” was one of HuffPost’s best performing articles. That’s uh, really great.

Rounding out the top three publishers on Facebook were BuzzFeed and Fox News.

On Twitter, BBC won the top spot, followed by Mashable and The New York Times.

Cover Battle: Cover of The Year

Welcome to a special edition of FishbowlNY’s Cover Battle. There have been plenty of amazing magazine covers published this year, but which one is the best of them all? Which cover inspired you to sing “You’re The Best” — while completely sober — for the very first time?

This is FishbowlNY’s official Cover of The Year poll. Below are some of our favorites. You select the winner. Voting closes December 22 and the winner will be named December 23.

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NY Times KimYe Butt Correction Named Correction of The Year

At Poynter, Craig Silverman has released his annual Year in Media Errors and Corrections list, and once again, it’s a good read. The New York Times earned the honor of Correction of The Year by publishing this gem:

A truly worthy correction. It’s not often one combines butts, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, and a writer getting fooled by a fake news site and radio station.

As for the Media Error of the year, we’ll give you one guess which magazine won.

Ian Bremmer Joins Time

Ian Bremmer GIan Bremmer is joining Time as a foreign affairs columnist and editor-at-large. Bremmer is the president and founder of Eurasia Group, a political risk research and consulting firm. He is also a Global Research Professor at NYU.

Bremmer is also a published author, and is regularly sought out for his views on political issues by a variety of publications.

Bremmer’s first piece for Time in online now. It will appear in Time’s December 29 issue, which hits newsstands Monday. He will write two weekly columns, one online and one in print. His focus will be the global economy, geopolitics and finance.

FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

New Yet Old | Thankfully Safe | Snap Away

Stock Logos: Southern Miss’ new eagle logo looks exactly like its old eagle logo. But uh, good job everyone!

TVNewser: Truly scary stuff — NBC News producer Mushtaq Yusufzai says his two boys were inside the Peshawar school that was attacked by the Taliban. Thankfully, both were unharmed.

AllTwitter: According to a new study, Snapchat was the fastest growing social media app. The same study found that yes, we are old.

21st Century Fox Buys Digital Ad Company

21st Century Fox logo G21st Century Fox has purchased TrueX Media for $200 million. TrueX — founded in 2007 as SocialVibe — is a digital advertising company which licenses its products to advertisers and media companies.

Some of TrueX’s clients include Microsoft, Visa, Apple, Disney, Coca-Cola, Kia, Kraft, Macys, Nestle, and Procter & Gamble.

“The connections between brands and consumers have continued to evolve within digital video environments, and True[x] is at the center of this vital area of innovation,” said James Murdoch, co-COO of 21st Century Fox, in a statement. “We’re thrilled at the opportunity to have true[x]’s talented team work with us as we set out together to create new experiences in what we believe is a very exciting time in digital video.”

Matrix Awards Winners Announced

New York Women in Communications has announced the 2015 Matrix Awards winners. The Matrix Awards honor women who excel in the communications industry.

The winners will be celebrated Monday, April 25, during a ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria. Congrats to all the winners listed below.

China Jails the Most Journalists

china-flag.jpgMemo to all reporters — might want to bypass that assignment in China. According to a new report from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), China imprisoned 44 journalists this year, giving it the unfortunate honor of being the worst jailer of the press in the entire world.

Overall, there were 220 reporters in jail during 2014, up from 211 last year. China led the way, but Iran wasn’t far behind, with 30 journalists imprisoned.

“China’s use of anti-state charges and Iran’s revolving door policy in imprisoning reporters, bloggers, editors, and photographers earned the two countries the dubious distinction of being the world’s worst and second worst jailers of journalists, respectively,” explained the CPJ report. “Together, China and Iran are holding a third of journalists jailed globally—despite speculation that new leaders who took the reins in each country in 2013 might implement liberal reforms.”

The rest of the top 10 includes Eritrea, Ethiopia, Vietnam, Syria, Egypt, Burma, Azerbaijan, and Turkey.

Other highlights (or really, lowlights) from the CPJ report are below.

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Hearst Increases TrendingNY Publishing Frequency

Hearst Magazines is increasing the publishing frequency of TrendingNY, its free weekly fashion magazine aimed at young women. TrendingNY made its debut in September and four issues were printed. Starting with the new year, Hearst will publish nine issues.

Each issue of TrendingNY is distributed during the first week of the month by street teams in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Sorry, Bronx and Staten Island.

Ellen Levine, Hearst Magazines’ editorial director, said the response from readers was positive, and that’s not surprising. People love free stuff. Even if it is mostly just a collection of ads.

“With every pilot, we ask for reader feedback so we can tweak as we go,” said Levine, in a statement. “Young women responded to its bold, happy, vibrant look and newsy information on trends, and felt the fast format was original and refreshing, which was our goal from the start.”

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