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1:30 PM ET, April 27, 2015


 Top News: 
Dylan Byers / Politico:
CNN political reporter Peter Hamby is joining Snapchat as Head of News  —  Peter Hamby leaving CNN for Snapchat  —  Peter Hamby, widely recognized by Beltway insiders as one of CNN's best political reporters, is leaving the network to join Snapchat as Head of News, the On Media blog has learned.
Jennifer Schuessler / New York Times:
Six writers withdraw as literary hosts of PEN gala after it gives freedom of expression award to Charlie Hebdo  —  Six PEN Members Decline Gala After Award for Charlie Hebdo  —  The decision by PEN American Center to give its annual Freedom of Expression Courage award to the French satirical …
Wall Street Journal:
Katie Couric's show to play key role in Yahoo's push to grow video advertising and improve distribution of content through social media  —  Yahoo, Katie Couric Tweak the Recipe  —  It isn't about home-page traffic, they say, playing up the staying power of interviews thanks to social media
Eric Blattberg / Digiday:
PopSugar unveiling daily show PopSugar Rush at NewFronts on April 30, will run on Facebook for 24 hours before hitting YouTube, PopSugar site  —  How PopSugar went from zero to 14 mil.  Facebook video views a month  —  Six months ago, women's lifestyle publisher PopSugar had a simple video strategy …
Discussion: @digiday and @choire
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Rather: Brian Williams Is Probably Done, But NBC Being ‘Vicious’ with Leaks  —  Veteran journalist Dan Rather told Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter Sunday morning that it would be “very hard” for disgraced anchor Brian Williams to return to NBC, but that the network was being downright …
Evan Serpick / Baltimore City Paper:
City Paper photo editor J.M. Giordano beaten by police at Freddie Gray protest  —  City Paper Photo Editor J.M. Giordano was tackled and beaten by Baltimore City police outside of Western District headquarters last night while covering protests over the death of Freddie Gray in police custody.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
BuzzFeed Pitches Advertisers On “Pound” Tech That Tracks A Story's Viral Spread  —  BuzzFeed is known as the king of viral content, and today it's sharing more details about a new technology showing how that content actually spreads.  —  By using what it calls Pound (short for Process …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Huffington Post to launch Highline, weekly instalments of longform journalism, under ex-TNR editors Greg Veis and Rachel Morris  —  HuffPost readies to launch longform initiative  —  The Huffington Post will soon publish the first article of a new longform venture captained by two former editors …
Discussion: @poynter and @ariannahuff, Thanks:@benmullin
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
New York Times airs its first virtual reality film at NewFront presentation to advertisers  —  Times pushes virtual reality, video series at its ‘NewFront’  —  The New York Times is adding virtual reality to its growing roster of video content as it races to scale digital revenues.
Discussion: Adweek and @joepompeo
Brian Flynn / The Sun:
The Sun launches SecureDrop on site to allow whistleblowers to leak stories anonymously, after police hacked Sun reporters phones to identify source  —  The Sun launches Whistleblowers' Charter  —  Our SecureDrop keeps anonymous sources secure THE Sun has launched a Whistleblowers' Charter …
Jay Rosen / Pressthink:
WHCD is a celebration of a system of access journalism that failed to detect a phony war  —  On the deep grammar of the White House Correspondents Association Dinner  —  “The Washington press corps is like that big extended family with a terrible secret that cannot be confronted …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Rumor tracker Emergent has ceased updating  —  Emergent, the real-time rumor tracker founded by Poynter adjunct faculty member Craig Silverman, has gone dormant since its creator joined at BuzzFeed.  —  In an interview with Poynter, Silverman said he ceased updating Emergent after he began his new job as editor of BuzzFeed Canada.
Discussion: @stevebuttry
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Hilary Lewis / Hollywood Reporter:
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Martin Fackler / New York Times:
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