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10:50 AM ET, April 17, 2017


 Top News: 
Adam Taylor / Washington Post:
Interview with the reporter who broke a story on Chechnya's recent anti-gay purges and considers fleeing Russia after 15K people in Chechnya allegedly vow jihad  —  Novaya Gazeta is no stranger to hostility and controversy.  The crusading Russian newspaper is known for powerful investigations …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
How Facebook's shifting priorities and inferior monetization options for Instant Articles are leading some big publishers to abandon the format  —  Facebook's Instant Articles promised to transform journalism — but now big publishers are fleeing  —  Inside Facebook's Menlo Park headquarters …
Rich McCormick / The Verge:
Several hours passed before Facebook removed a video of a murder shared on the social network  —  Facebook took posts down hours later  —  A Cleveland man is at large after reportedly killing someone and uploading the footage to Facebook.  The video appears to show a man identified by police …
Nitasha Tiku / BuzzFeed:
How Zuckerberg has polished his image to win people over, beginning with greater use of personal FB posts in 2015 and culminating in his current US talking tour  —  Until recently  —  , Mark Zuckerberg's most iconic public appearance may have been the image of the young startup founder sweating through …
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Fang Wang, senior duty editor for FT Chinese, describes censorship challenges in China and how the Great Firewall continues to evolve  —  Facing both pre-print and post-print censorship, media outlets in China are caught in a cat and mouse game  —  Technology and social media advances empower …
Discussion: Forbes
Jonathan Tilove / Austin American-Statesman:
In custody court case dispute, Alex Jones' lawyer says the talk-show host is a “performance artist” playing a character on Infowars  —  Highlights  —  Alex Jones and his ex-wife, Kelly, will be locked in a child custody trial the next two weeks in Austin.
Eric Johnson / Recode:
Interview with Axios co-founder Mike Allen on making the transition from Politico and writing for a much broader audience now  —  “When they're fighting a fight, when they're in the war, then they need to explain themselves more than ever."  —  Even before President Trump took office …
Discussion: @pkafka, @joshluger and Axios
Eric Retzlaff / Leader Herald:
Mel Rulison, a newspaper delivery man for the Leader-Herald in upstate New York, is retiring after 57 years, having delivered an estimated 5M newspapers  —  Rulison, of Main Street, was not about to shoo them away, though. … But he had no camera.  —  Rulison retired Sunday as a route driver after 57 years.
Riley Griffin / Poynter:
Duke University Reporters' Lab catalogued 111 Trump statements about “fake news” over the past five months and found that 41% were response to Russia coverage  —  President Donald Trump offers a consistently defiant response to allegations about the Kremlin's meddling in the 2016 campaign: “fake news.”
Discussion: @dafnalinzer and @mantzarlis
Indira A.R. Lakshmanan / Poynter:
The SEC's actions against fake stock news are a reminder for financial news editors to adopt stronger ethics policies, disclosures, and safeguards  —  When investors go to financial news websites, they're looking for unbiased, independent guidance.  Financial news sites' reputations …
Discussion: @rafat, @indira_l and @indira_l
Jon Levine / Mediaite:
NYT Cairo bureau chief Declan Walsh criticized the paper's new Conservative op-ed columnist Bret Stephens on Twitter, linking to a 2016 column Stephens wrote  —  The New York Times raised eyebrows last week with the announcement that it would hire 16-year Wall Street Journal veteran …
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Mike Caulfield:
Facebook's “Tips to Spot False News” are too generic, time-consuming, dated, and focus on easily gamed information on questionable sites
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Profile of Glenn Thrush and Maggie Haberman, who met as young tabloid reporters, worked together at Politico, and are finally reunited at the NYT
Teresa Donnellan / America Magazine:
Profile of Michael Wilson, who until March 25 wrote the NYT's Crime Scene column and who now focuses on longer, more in depth projects at the paper
Jason Koebler / Motherboard:
Stanford and Princeton researchers create ad-blocker that uses computer vision and evades all known anti ad-blockers, available as a proof of concept on Chrome
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Mike Janssen / Current:
FCC's TV spectrum auction generated at least $1.8B for 34 stations with noncommercial educational licenses
Discussion: @dangillmor and Nieman Lab
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Huffington Post experiments with niche Facebook-only communities, using images from Tumblr and Reddit to build audience before committing to original content