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9:20 AM ET, August 20, 2014


 Top News: 
A message from Jim's mom, Diane Foley  —  We have never been prouder of our son Jim.  He gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people.  We implore the kidnappers to spare the lives of the remaining hostages.  Like Jim, they are innocents.
Spencer Ackerman / Guardian:
Islamic State militants claim to have killed US journalist James Foley  —  Propaganda video circulated Tuesday claims to show beheading of photojournalist, who went missing in Syria in 2012  —  James Foley, left, in Libya in 2011, where he was previously held by Muammar Gaddafi's forces.
Shane Harris / Foreign Policy:
Social Media Companies Scramble to Block Terrorist Video of Journalist's Murder
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Fareed Zakaria responds to plagiarism charges  —  On Tuesday, two anonymous Twitter users — @blippoblappo & @crushingbort — published a report citing 12 instances in which the journalist Fareed Zakaria appeared to have lifted passages wholesale from other authors.
Our Bad Media:
Team who discovered BuzzFeed editor's plagiarism reveal Fareed Zakaria as serial plagiarist
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
After new plagiarism allegations, Time magazine will review Zakaria's work again
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Condé Nast to Sell Fairchild Fashion Media for $100 Million  —  Condé Nast announced on Tuesday the sale of Fairchild Fashion Media, a group of trade publications including Women's Wear Daily and Footwear News, to Penske Media.  The sale price was about $100 million, according to a person briefed on the deal.
Dean Starkman / Columbia Journalism Review:
Al Jazeera America's problem: it's a cable operation built for a pre-digital age  —  Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins  —  A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles  —  When Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based cable news giant rolled out its massive new American affiliate one year ago …
Discussion: @jayrosen_nyu
Ted Johnson / Variety:
Al Jazeera Says Al Gore's Claims of Fraud Are ‘Blatantly False’  —  Al Jazeera pushed back on Al Gore and Joel Hyatt's lawsuit over the sale of Current TV, contending that their claims that Al Jazeera engaged in fraud in withholding tens of millions in payments are “blatantly false …
Discussion: Capital New York and Reuters
Amanda Meade / Guardian:
News Corp Australia leaked accounts show 1,000 jobs cut across mastheads  —  Major leak of confidential operating accounts reveal extent of losses with the Australian losing about $30m a year  —  The financial health of News Corp Australia's newspapers has been laid bare by a leak …
Dan Frommer / Quartz:
Twitter now officially says your timeline is more than just tweets from people you follow  —  Many Twitter users have noticed that Twitter is now inserting tweets into their timelines that seemingly don't belong.  This is not an accident.  Twitter has updated its help document, “What's a Twitter timeline?”
Stacey Higginbotham / Gigaom:
Netflix is now paying Time Warner Cable for direct access and faster streams  —  Netflix, the online streaming giant, has signed a paid peering deal with Time Warner Cable, meaning that it now has deals with the four biggest U.S. ISPs.  —  Time Warner Cable signed a direct interconnection deal with Netflix …
Michael Rosenwald / Columbia Journalism Review:
Profile: Mark Gurman, Apple “scoop master” and 20-year-old college student, who makes in excess of six figures a year  —  Apple can't hide from a 20-year-old reporter  —  The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan's newest products
Discussion: The Newspaper Guild
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Digital First puts 51 newspaper buildings on the market  —  Digital First Media has listed 51 newspaper buildings for sale, according to a press release from the real estate firm Twenty Lake Holdings.  —  The properties are “for sale across seven states including California, Connecticut …
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Capital New York:
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Erin Griffith / Fortune:
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Ryan Devereaux / The Intercept:
A Night in Ferguson: Rubber Bullets, Tear Gas, and a Jail Cell
 Earlier Picks: 
Committee to Protect Journalists:
CPJ condemns ongoing harassment, arrests of reporters in Ferguson
Discussion: American Journalism Review and CNN
Rod Nordland / New York Times:
Afghan officials interrogate New York Times correspondent Matthew Rosenberg, ban him from leaving country
Clay Shirky / Medium:
With the age of print coming to an end, journalists must prepare for digital-age roles
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Fox Sports partners with YouTube's LA space to produce daily web-video series
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