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5:20 PM ET, March 18, 2016


 Top News: 
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Trump not asked about alleged journalist assault by top aide in more than a dozen TV interviews  —  No One's Asking Donald Trump About Campaign Manager Accused Of Grabbing Reporter  —  The Republican front-runner has done more than a dozen TV interviews without getting a single question about his top aide, Corey Lewandowski.
Kyle Blaine / BuzzFeed:
Staffers at networks wrestle with Trump's unprecedented press restrictions and TV's role in his rise  —  How Donald Trump Bent Television To His Will  —  Staffers across the major networks have reservations about their role in Trump's rise.  —  Staffers at the five major television networks …
Mike Ananny / Nieman Lab:
Next NYT public editor should expert in boundaries of journalism, politics of platforms, ethics of algorithms  —  It's time to reimagine the role of a public editor, starting at The New York Times  —  The public editor is meant to mediate between newsrooms and audiences, but where exactly are newsrooms and audiences today?
Micah Singleton / The Verge:
SoundCloud signs licensing deal with Sony Music, the last of three major labels, paving way for launch of paid subscription service later this year  —  SoundCloud has signed a licensing deal with Sony Music, giving it deals with all three major labels and paving the way for the subscription …
Associated Press:
Analysis: requests for public records under Freedom of Information Act to Obama administration last year returned censored files or nothing 77% of the time  —  US gov't sets record for failures to find files when asked  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration set a record for the number …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Committee to Protect Journalists:
Venezuelan government newsprint squeeze forces newspaper to stop printing  —  Blaming the refusal of the government to sell it newsprint, the independent Venezuelan daily El Carabobeño printed its final edition on Thursday, according to news reports.  The newspaper has published …
Discussion: @cpjamericas
Dune Lawrence / Bloomberg Business:
How a businessman now indicted for securities fraud trolled a Bloomberg journalist for years via email, Twitter, and a legitimate looking blog, TheBlot  —  The Journalist and the Troll: This Man Spent Two Years Trying to Destroy Me Online  —  I saw the photo first, me in a bloody wash of red with “RACIST” pulsing over my face.
Recap of major testimony in Hulk Hogan-Gawker lawsuit as closing arguments are set to begin  —  Gawkward Answers  —  The second week of the Hulk Hogan sex tape trial has seen the defendants - New York gossip blog, Gawker - attempt to justify publishing uncensored footage of Hulk Hogan having sex.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
NBC and MSNBC sign, then un-sign former Obama communications adviser Stephanie Cutter over conflicts related to her political advocacy work  —  NBC News/MSNBC sign, then un-sign Stephanie Cutter over conflicts  —  This morning, Politico Playbook's Mike Allen reported two somewhat uncomfortable developments right alongside each other:
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
ABC and Warner Bros. TV Group stacking rights deal will let viewers binge on entire current seasons instead of only last five episodes  —  ABC, Warner Bros. TV Group Set Broad Agreement for In-Season Stacking Rights to Shows  —  ABC and Warner Bros. TV Group have hammered …
Michael Cieply / New York Times:
Comic-Con to release free, beta of subscription video service May 7, will go paid in June  —  Comic-Con, the Video Channel, to Begin in May  —  LOS ANGELES — To spend four days in the hot, sweaty halls of Comic-Con International is an annual endurance test.  —  But a fan test of another kind begins on May 7.
Mona Lalwani / Engadget:
Interview with Giphy team on resurgence of GIFs, importance of the loop, and Giphy Studios, its new original content studio in LA  —  Giphy wants to be the Netflix of GIFs  —  GIFs are portable human expressions.  Looped images of grumpy cats, falling babies and weird Drake moves convey …
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Matthew Garrahan / Financial Times:
Sony Pictures Television shifting to an international-first model, with sales to UK's Channel 4 and ITV and Canada's Shaw before selling shows US channels
Amy X. Wang / Quartz:
Click fraud moves into music streaming, draining money from companies and artists, and it's almost impossible to detect
Discussion: Patently Apple
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Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
NPR changes policy to prohibit promotion of podcasts and NPR One app on the air in apparent effort to appease local radio stations