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11:50 AM ET, August 23, 2017

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Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
ESPN faces criticism over decision to remove announcer Robert Lee from commentating on a University of Virginia game because of his name  —  University of Virginia holds vigil  —  By trying to avoid an embarrassing ordeal, ESPN has embarrassed itself.  —  On Tuesday night …
HuffPost:
During a rally in Phoenix, Trump had harsher criticisms for the press than he did for the white supremacists at Charlottesville but praised Fox News and Hannity  —  Trump accused the media “of trying to take away the history and our heritage.”  —  President Donald Trump went after journalists during …
Jan M. Olsen / Associated Press:
Body found on Copenhagen beach identified as that of missing journalist Kim Wall  —  COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A headless torso found on a beach off Copenhagen has been identified as that of missing Swedish journalist Kim Wall, who is believed to have died on an amateur-built submarine earlier this month …
Variety:
Sources: departure of LA Times' top four editors came after a reporter complained a story on an ex-USC dean was delayed due to editors “cozy” relations with USC  —  The ouster of four top editors at the L.A. Times on Monday was the result of a month of newsroom turmoil following …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Facebook enables publishers to upload logos to appear beside posts in Trending and Search now and elsewhere later  —  A common complaint from publishers who use Facebook is that every story looks the same.  Whether it's from CNN, The New York Times or BuzzFeed, they all have the same basic elements: Photo, headline, blurb and source.
CNNMoney:
Breitbart EIC Alex Marlow pledges to do dirty work for Bannon to attack WH “globalists”, in response to email prankster, now says emails were “tongue in cheek”  —  A self-described “email prankster” seemingly fooled top editors at Breitbart over the weekend into believing …
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
The Village Voice is ending its print edition, will focus on digital operation  —  The company is doubling down on its digital operation.  —  Peter Barbey, who purchased the legendary alt-weekly The Village Voice in 2015, has decided to no longer produce a print edition.
Adrianne Jeffries / The Outline:
Profile of Mic and how it exploited social justice for clicks, and then abandoned a staff that believed in it, according to current and former staffers  —  For about five years, Mic.com was a place where readers could go to get moral clarity.  In the Mic universe, heroes fought for equality against villains who tried to take it away.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook partners with sports network Stadium, will exclusively broadcast 15 college football games live  —  Facebook wants you to watch more video on its site - including those you can't see elsewhere.  To that end, the social network earlier this month launched a dedicated section for original video, called Watch.
Discussion: Recode
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Snapchat's VP of Content, Nick Bell, says the company expects to debut scripted shows by the end of the year, says he does not see mobile as a TV killer  —  “We want to be friends of media,” says Nick Bell at the Edinburgh Television Festival as he outlines the company's mobile-first TV strategy.
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Art19, a startup which helps podcasts monetize, says it has raised $7.5M led by Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments and DCM Ventures  —  Even in many podcasting circles, Art19 isn't exactly a household name.  The startup has largely operated behind the scenes, without much in the way of active promotion.
Discussion: @danbenjamin, @pkafka and Business Wire
 
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John Eggerton / Multichannel News:
In a filing on Tuesday, Sinclair responded to critics of its proposed merger with Tribune, claiming the deal would “save” free, over-the-air TV
Discussion: Variety
Malachy Browne / New York Times:
YouTube machine learning tech removed thousands of videos that may document atrocities in Syria, advocates say; some videos reinstated after creator objections
Lydia Polgreen / @lpolgreen:
Former Gawker Executive Editor Tommy Craggs to join HuffPost as a senior enterprise editor
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