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4:50 PM ET, February 19, 2017

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 Top News: 
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
Classic Trump administration news cycle: press report based on a leaked document, an official denial and scolding for not seeking comment, a cry of “fake news”  —  Friday morning, the Associated Press dropped a bombshell report: “Trump administration considers mobilizing …
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CBS News:
White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus says media shouldn't use anonymous sources and should take Trump seriously when he calls media “the enemy”  —  Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff, advised Americans to take President Trump's attacks on the media “seriously,” …
Adrienne LaFrance / The Atlantic:
Mark Zuckerberg's lip service to journalism is not enough to sustain media amid Facebook's ad revenue siphoning and hands-off view of editorial responsibility  —  It's not that Mark Zuckerberg set out to dismantle the news business when he founded Facebook 13 years ago.
Jared Keller / Pacific Standard:
To encourage media literacy and fact-checking, Wikimedia spinoff Wiki Edu invites students to write Wikipedia pages instead of traditional research papers  —  The online encyclopedia has been fact-checking the Internet for more than 15 years.  Now it wants to bring its skeptical eye to the masses.
Discussion: @jaredbkeller, Thanks:@jaredbkeller
Bryan Curtis / The Ringer:
How the rise of athlete activism, the election of Donald Trump, and other factors turned sportswriting into a liberal profession  —  Donald Trump's election was merely an accelerant for a change that was already sweeping across sports journalism  —  ack in the 1930s, you could walk …
Discussion: @douthatnyt and Slate
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
A look at Local Matters, a weekly newsletter highlighting local watchdog journalism around the country that is put out by three Naples Daily News reporters  —  Each day, early in the morning, during lunch or when they're done covering politics and courts in Naples, Florida, three young journalists turn back to the news.
Robert Darnton / The New York Review of Books:
Historical overview of “fake news” including 6th-century Byzantine “Anecdota”, 16th-century wicked sonnets, 18th-century French canards, English paragraph men  —  Fake news is hardly new.  The production of fake, semi-false, and true but compromising snippets …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Boston's WHDH has offered 87 hours per week of local news and filled the rest of the time with syndicated content after losing NBC affiliation at end of 2016  —  Spurned by a network that wanted to own its own station in the market, WHDH has responded by offering 87 hours of local news a week.
Emily Tan / Campaign UK:
YouTube will discontinue 30-second unskippable ads in 2018  —  Starting next year, YouTube will stop allowing the 30-second unskippable ad and will focus instead on shorter formats.  —  In an official statement, Google explained that its aim is to provide a better advertising experience for online users.
Samanth Subramanian / Wired:
Profile of an anonymous teen in Veles, Macedonia, who earned nearly $16K off his two pro-Trump fake news sites between August and November  —  The first article about Donald Trump that Boris ever published described how, during a campaign rally in North Carolina, the candidate slapped a man in the audience for disagreeing with him.
Discussion: NPR, The FADER and The Huffington Post
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Techdirt announces “survival” fund to support the publication as it fights a defamation lawsuit represented by Charles Harder  —  Donate to the Techdirt Survival Fund »  —  As we mentioned last month, we are currently being sued for $15 million by Shiva Ayyadurai …
Discussion: @glennf and @sarahcuda
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
BuzzFeed introduces curated “Outside Your Bubble” feature to help readers see what people outside their social media networks are saying about the news  —  Publisher will expose audience to opinions from across the web  —  News outlets seek out other viewpoints after surprise election
 
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Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Interview with NYT assistant recruitment editor Carolyn Ryan on how the paper is expanding its fact-checking and its coverage of healthcare and immigration
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
A case of self-censorship at a San Antonio public TV station shows how the fear of government reprisal can be fought
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Michael Barthel / Pew Research Center:
Pew study: for election news, young people turned to national papers like NYT, WaPo, and WSJ more than their elders