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Journalist Is Beaten in Latest Attack on Ukrainian Opposition (NYT)
A crusading antigovernment journalist and activist in Ukraine who became famous last year after documenting the opulence of the heavily guarded residential compound of President Viktor F. Yanukovich was savagely beaten early Wednesday. The assault on the activist, Tetyana Chornovol, 34, just outside the capital, Kiev, was the latest attack on government opponents who have been participating in sustained protests that have shaken the country. Kyiv Post The brutal Dec. 25 attack and beating of Chornovol has enraged politicians and the public. Chornovol was driving in a village near Kyiv Oblast, reportedly looking to take a break from the EuroMaidan demonstrations in which she has been a constant presence, when men stopped her vehicle and started beating her. They left, leaving passersby to call police. She remains hospitalized. Mashable News of the beating flooded social media and triggered fresh protests, including many people holding up pictures of a heavily-bruised Chornovol. BuzzFeed / World Hours before the attack, Chornovol published photos of luxury homes she claimed belonged to the country’s interior minister on the website of Ukrainskaya Pravda, which has changed its name on its website to European Pravda out of solidarity with the protest movement, which Chornovol also covered. She had previously published pictures of homes allegedly belonging to other top officials, highlighting Ukrainians’ anger with rampant corruption.

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FishbowlNY Poll: Where Did You Get Your Breaking News On Christmas?

macys xmas.jpgAs we should already be aware, the news waits for no one. And this year, as we sifted through the contents of our stocking on Christmas day, news of an attempted terrorism attack aboard a Detroit-bound Northwest Airlines flight was breaking.

Now, if you’re like us, television is verboten during big family holidays. But, we did have our Blackberry handy — in order to keep up with the chatter on Twitter obvs — so we learned of the breaking news that way. We know our experience isn’t unique, but we also know there are probably lots of people who were not celebrating the holiday, or sitting in front of a TV or computer screen for some reason, like a job that requires one to do such a thing on a day off.

When the news first broke on Friday afternoon, the information was jumbled. There were reports the alleged bomb was firecrackers. Then news organizations, most likely short-staffed on the holiday, started getting their act together. But through it all, our Twitter stream kept us posted.

So we wondered, how did you get your news of this breaking news event on Christmas day? We’ll be keeping tabs so we know where to turn if there’s a natural disaster on New Years Day.

Where did you get your breaking news on Christmas?(online surveys)

…And To All A Goodnight

The time has (finally!) come for us to wish you all Happy Holidays and take our leave. Barring any urgent, breaking news in the coming days, we’ll be back on the media beat on Monday.

And if you miss us too much, here are some things to tide you over: all our end of the year lists!

Biggest Launches Of The Year

New York Media’s Biggest Business Decisions

The Year’s Biggest Moves In Media

Stories That Captivated NY Media

Events The Media Loved This Year

Our Most Read Stories Of The Year

Timeline of Magazine Closings

Union Threatens To Darken Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting Over Negotiations With NBC

tree.jpgJust as Thanksgiving has the Macy’s Day Parade, so does Christmas in New York have its annual lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. The event, scheduled for tomorrow, is a time where celebrities gather and NBC grabs ratings with its “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” tree lighting special.

This year, however, the threat looms large that there will be no lights, cameras or action as the network remains stalled in negotiations with the local chapter of the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians. The union claims that since its contract with NBC expired in March there has been very little progress in the talks and “management has grown increasingly hostile, ignoring the concerns of the union’s membership.”

Now the NABET-CWA is threatening to strike during the Christmas tree lighting unless network executives set dates for further negotiations. They have also set up a Web site,, where parties can read the union’s case against NBC.

We reached out to NBC for comment, but they have yet to return our emails.

Press release from the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians Union, after the jump.

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