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7:40 AM ET, February 20, 2017

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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Journalists have flimsy legal protections if Trump's Department of Justice uses Espionage Act and orders them to reveal sources, a practice Obama's DoJ started  —  For those who care about press rights in America, President Trump's words last week were stunning and disturbing.
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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 them “the enemy”  —  Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff, advised Americans to take President Trump's attacks on the media “seriously,” …
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 …
James Kirchick / The Atlantic:
How Washington power-brokers protected columnist Joe Alsop for over 13 years after the KGB entrapped him in a homosexual tryst  —  Joe Alsop was the dean of Washington's foreign-policy columnists, a committed Cold Warrior, the doyen of Georgetown society, close confidante to presidents, senators, secretaries of state—and secretly gay.
Discussion: MuckRock
Jane Lee / The Age:
Australia's Yahoo7 fined $300K after one of its reporters published an article that led to an aborted murder trial  —  Yahoo7 has been fined $300,000 and convicted of contempt of court for publishing an article that aborted a murder trial, with a judge saying that one of Australia's biggest …
Rohin Dharmakumar / The Ken:
The Ken, an Indian subscription-only business news site that posts one story a day, raises $400K in angel funding and plans to offer corporate subscriptions  —  The Ken formally launched on 3 October 2016 as India's first subscriptions-only business news site.  Today, we're announcing our angel funding round.
Winnie Hu / New York Times:
Polk Awards honor David Fahrenthold of WaPo on Trump, ICIJ on Panama Papers, ProPublica's Alec MacGillis on voters, East Bay Express on Oakland police, more  —  A Washington Post reporter who brought to light a video of Donald J. Trump making lewd comments about women and a ProPublica reporter …
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.
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
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.
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.
 
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