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9:45 PM ET, May 19, 2016


 Top News: 
Ryan J. Reilly / The Huffington Post:
Reporter's nine-month battle with St. Louis County's broken justice system was punishment on its own  —  St. Louis County authorities finally agreed on Thursday to drop charges they filed against Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery and me in connection with our unlawful arrests in Ferguson on Aug. 13, 2014.
Discussion: @digiphile and @ryanjreilly
Niraj Chokshi / Washington Post:
Ferguson-related charges dropped against Washington Post and Huffington Post reporters  —  Missouri's St. Louis County has agreed to drop charges against a pair of reporters who were arrested in 2014 while covering protests in Ferguson, Mo., concluding a nearly two-year-long drama that unfolded …
Glenn Beck:
Complaints from conservatives at Facebook meeting sounded like requests for “affirmative action for conservatives”  —  Yesterday, I had an opportunity to meet with some of the senior staff at Facebook, including the CEO and COO.  I found the meeting deeply disturbing — but not for the reasons you might think.
Zeynep Tufekci / New York Times:
Facebook is biased not against Conservatives, but in favor of content its algorithms decide is engaging  —  FACEBOOK is biased.  That's true.  But not in the way conservative critics say it is.  —  The social network's powerful newsfeed is programmed to be viral, clicky, upbeat or quarrelsome.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Zuckerberg meets with conservative leaders, calls for conversation to rebuild trust following concerns about bias in Trending Topics
Ken Doctor / Politico:
Source: Tribune Publishing Chairman Michael Ferro told LA Times sales staffers he's working on a bid for Gannett  —  Tribune Publishing chairman Michael Ferro hasn't said much in public since Gannett, the largest newspaper company in the U.S., went public with its hostile takeover bid for his company.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Morley Safer, longest serving 60 Minutes correspondent in show's history, dies at 84, one week after retiring  —  Morley Safer, an intrepid storyteller and interviewer whose name became synonymous with the newsmagazine “60 Minutes,” has died.  He was 84.  —  Safer was the longest-serving correspondent in “60 Minutes” history.
T. Rees Shapiro / Washington Post:
Lawyers in Rolling Stone lawsuit file new evidence that ‘Jackie’ created fake persona  —  New evidence shows that a University of Virginia student who alleged that she was gang raped at a campus fraternity created the fake persona of the alleged ringleader of the attack …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
PRX launches RadioPublic, a public-benefit corporation aiming to redefine how people consume audio; investors include The New York Times, Knight Foundation  —  By now, media types can recite by name companies that have been spawned by the so-called “great podcast renaissance.”  Panoply.  Gimlet.
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Interview with PBS Frontline executive producer Raney Aronson on connecting with audiences, Facebook-first short films, and shifting to digital  —  Raney Aronson grew up without television.  Her mother and stepfather were back-to-the-landers who moved the family to a rural Vermont town …
Discussion: FRONTLINE
Joe Pompeo / Politico:
The Village Voice names ex-Adweek executive Suzan Gursoy as its publisher, ahead of what it describes as an “extensive relaunch” next year  —  The Village Voice has hired former Adweek executive Suzan Gursoy as its publisher ahead of what management says will be an “extensive relaunch” next year.
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Mădălina Ciobanu /
Creative Diversity Network collaborates with UK broadcasters to create Project Diamond, an initiative monitoring on/off-screen diversity in the media industry  —  Diamond is a collaboration between the Creative Diversity Network and major UK broadcasters, including BBC and Channel 4
Ryan Parker / Hollywood Reporter:
Late New York Times media columnist David Carr's Twitter feed hacked by spambot  —  “I'm from Cary.  I love role-playing games,” the new bio says.  Twitter followers of the late New York Times' columnist David Carr were shocked to see porn being published on his verified account Thursday morning.
Discussion: @abeaujon and Fast Company
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Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
FactorDaily raises $1M to build consumer tech publication for India, round led by Accel; will focus on four core coverage areas
Discussion: MediaNama
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
Following NewFront events, executives debate how to compare web video ratings to TV's
Discussion: @digitalshields
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Adi Robertson / The Verge:
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Anna Dannreuther / RightsInfo:
UK Supreme Court upholds injunction in celebrity threesome case, rules identities must remain private
Dietmar Schantin / INMA:
Indian newspapers use localized editions to keep the value of print while digital focus is on social media engagement
Discussion: Nieman Lab