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12:10 PM ET, March 15, 2016


 Top News: 
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
New York Times changes policy on stories based on anonymous sources; must now be approved by one of three top editors  —  Tightening the Screws on Anonymous Sources  —  After two major front-page errors in a six-month period, Times editors are cracking down on the use of anonymous sources.
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Sony to buy Michael Jackson's stake of Sony/ATV catalog for $750M  —  Sony to Pay Michael Jackson's Estate $750 Million for Stake in Music Catalog  —  Sony has agreed to pay the estate of Michael Jackson $750 million for its share of the Sony/ATV Music Publishing catalog …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
At Gawker-Hulk Hogan trial, Nick Denton takes the stand, says public's right to know trumps a celebrity's right to privacy  —  Gawker's Nick Denton Testifies Hulk Hogan Sex Tape Post “Stands the Test of Time”  —  At trial, the publisher defends his views on privacy and reads passages from Gawker's controversial Oct. 2012 story.
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
Knight Foundation and USA Today Network release report on virtual reality journalism, says 2016 will be a significant year for the medium  —  Report: 2016 will be critical for growth of VR in journalism  —  A report out Sunday from the Knight Foundation and the USA Today Network says 2016 …
Kyle Chayka / Racked:
A profile of Kinfolk, one of the last print lifestyle magazines, and an interview with Nathan Williams, its editor-in-chief  —  The Last Lifestyle Magazine  —  One evening in Hawaii in 2009, a lanky young man named Nathan Williams led his girlfriend Katie into a forest near the beach.
Joe Pompeo / Politico:
At SXSW, New York Times Co. CEO Mark Thompson predicts VR could generate “significant revenue” for the paper with the right partners  —  The New York Times touts its VR operation at South by Southwest  —  AUSTIN, TEXAS—At the SXSW Interactive festival here in 2014 …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg Business:
Mashable to make four short-form Web series, each spanning six episodes, with NBCUniversal's Bravo network  —  Mashable to Make Web Shows With NBCUniversal's Bravo Network  —  Digital news site will co-produce four short-form series  —  Shows can be original or based on existing Bravo programs
Hilary Milnes / Digiday:
British Vogue tests breaking fashion news alerts on WhatsApp  —  Publishers like The Huffington Post and BBC have used WhatsApp to send out breaking news alerts and tell long-form stories, respectively.  But Vogue believes it's the first fashion magazine to join the messaging app (however, Glamour magazine is also testing the space).
Jasper Jackson / Guardian:
BBC tightens conflict of interest rules for senior executives after Alan Yentob row  —  Criticism of former creative director's role at Kids Company prompts new guidelines that include ‘potential for reputational embarrassment or damage’  —  The BBC has drawn up new guidelines designed …
Facebook suspends users over ‘nude’ photo of Aboriginal women in traditional dress  —  Facebook has suspended the profiles of people who shared an article about Aboriginal feminism, because it contains a photograph of two Indigenous women in traditional attire.  —  Facebook does not allow bare breasts in posts.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Fortune Apple writer Philip Elmer-DeWitt is leaving to start his own site, Apple 3.0, with $10/month subscription that drops paywall on posts after three days  —  Fortune's Apple-Watcher Philip Elmer-DeWitt Is Leaving, Launching His Own Site  —  Since 2007, Philip Elmer-DeWitt has written …
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Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Twitter In Discussions With Top Vine Creators About Payment  —  Vine is popular because it became a home for a brand new form of entertainment: six second looping videos perfect for bite-sized appetites on mobile.  But while Vine is a home for all that content, it doesn't actually create it.
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Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
New experimental bookmarking tool from Washington Post lets readers save their place when reading long stories
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Sahil Patel / Digiday:
The Daily Beast is launching two Facebook live video series, with one show at noon weekdays, another weekly on Friday afternoons
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Hadas Gold / Politico:
Breitbart's national security correspondent Jordan Schachtel and associate editor Jarrett Stepman resign, citing site's pro-Trump stance
Alexandra Steigrad / WWD:
The New York Times Taps Elizabeth Webbe Lunny as Publisher of T Magazine
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