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3:40 AM ET, February 28, 2016


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Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Melissa Harris-Perry ‘highly unlikely’ to return to MSNBC  —  “Melissa Harris-Perry” the TV show ended not with a celebration or a cancellation, but with a tug of war over Beyoncé.  —  It was Super Bowl Sunday.  The previous afternoon, Beyoncé surprised her fans by releasing a politically charged new song, “Formation.”
John Koblin / New York Times:
Melissa Harris-Perry refuses to host her MSNBC show Saturday after weeks of preemptions and what she calls loss of editorial control  —  Melissa Harris-Perry Walks Off Her MSNBC Show After Pre-Emptions  —  Melissa Harris-Perry said she was refusing to go on the MSNBC show she hosts this Saturday …
Jamil Smith / Medium:
Melissa Harris-Perry's email to staffers of her show: I love our show. I want it back.  —  Melissa Harris-Perry's Email to Her #nerdland Staff  —  On Friday afternoon, media reports emerged about my friend Melissa Harris-Perry's refusal to host her eponymous weekend program on MSNBC on Saturday.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Sources: MSNBC to sever ties with Melissa Harris-Perry after her critical email, is considering demoting Jose Diaz-Balart from hosting duty  —  MSNBC to sever ties with Melissa Harris-Perry after host's critical email  —  MSNBC intends to part ways with host Melissa Harris-Perry …
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Chris Hughes sells New Republic to Win McCormack, founder of Tin House; Hamilton Fish named publisher  —  Chris Hughes Sells New Republic to Liberal Publisher Win McCormack  —  Mr. McCormack, founder of Tin House literary quarterly, names Hamilton Fish as publisher  —  Welcome to a new New Republic.
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Trump says he'll change US libel laws to make it easier to sue news organizations  —  Donald Trump: We're going to ‘open up’ libel laws  —  Donald Trump said on Friday he plans to change libel laws in the United States so that he can have an easier time suing news organizations.
David Cay Johnston / Al Jazeera America:
As Al Jazeera America's online operation ends, a look at its approach to journalism, its challenges, and successes  —  The way news should be done  —  Though it too shall pass, Al Jazeera America was a model of the journalism the country desperately needs  —  Great journalism doesn't always draw a big audience.
Greg Howard / Deadspin:
How SB Nation, structured to gain prestige from longform writing with minimal editing costs, published the flawed Holtzclaw profile despite editor's warning  —  How SB Nation Published Their Daniel Holtzclaw Story  —  Last week, Vox Media's SB Nation published “Who Is Daniel Holtzclaw?” …
Ricardo Bilton / Digiday:
Two-year-old FiveThirtyEight has seen traffic and headcount increase, claims full backing of ESPN, and is expanding coverage to science, health, and e-sports  —  ESPN's FiveThirtyEight: 'We won't go the way of Grantland'  —  When ESPN turned out the lights on Grantland last fall …
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Shona Sanzgiri / Inside Flipboard:
Interview with Mark Coatney, formerly with Tumblr, Al Jazeera America, and WaPo, on legacy media, Yahoo cuts, and what is and isn't working in digital media  —  On the Red Couch with Digital Media Consultant Mark Coatney  —  Nine years ago, Tumblr was born.
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Soldier of Fortune Shutters Print Magazine After 40 Years  —  Magazine, which chronicles the world of mercenaries, will transition to being entirely online  —  Soldier of Fortune, the notorious magazine chronicling the shadowy world of mercenaries battling it out in hot spots around the globe …
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