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6:10 AM ET, August 22, 2017


 Top News: 
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
In sweeping masthead shakeup, media veteran Ross Levinsohn named publisher and CEO of the LA Times, as Jim Kirk of the Chicago Sun-Times becomes interim editor  —  In a dramatic shakeup at the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago-based parent company has installed new leadership and plans to invest …
John Herrman / New York Times:
After wave of neo-Nazi bans, tech firms' censorship policies were shown again to be arbitrary, not derived from moral awakening or newfound sense of civic duty  —  White supremacist marchers had not yet lit their torches when the deletions began.  The “Unite the Right” Facebook page …
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
BBC World Service to launch 12 new language services as part of its biggest expansion since the 1940s, with the first launching today in West Africa  —  The BBC World Service has today launched the first of 12 new language services as part of its biggest expansion since the 1940s, backed by £289m in Government funding.
Discussion: Nieman Lab and @niemanlab
Yuyu Chen / Digiday:
Sources: the current rise in political tensions is leading brands to avoid advertising on mainstream news sites, with some avoiding Fox News in particular  —  Political tensions have reached a point where some brands are perceiving mainstream news outlets as too controversial, leading media buyers to pull ads from those sites.
Discussion: @steverubel and Mediaite
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
A draft of the New York Times editorial that triggered a lawsuit from Sarah Palin didn't include language blaming her PAC for “political incitement”  —  A draft of the New York Times editorial that triggered a lawsuit from Sarah Palin didn't include language blaming …
Discussion: @erikwemple
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
A profile of Girls Night In, an online publication with a newsletter boasting 12K+ subscribers, which aims to connect women online and through events  —  “We are helping serve the need for women to take a break, relax, and recharge.”  —  Women (especially the more introverted among us) …
Mike Allen / Axios:
Sources: Steve Bannon has told friends he sees a massive opening to the right of Fox News, raising the possibility that he's going to start a network  —  Unshaven and working from home in cargo shorts as he moves into “Bannon the Barbarian” mode, Steve Bannon is thinking bigger than Breitbart.
Andrew Feinberg / Politico:
A former White House correspondent for Sputnik News Service reflects on five strained months at the Russian-owned propaganda network  —  I thought they'd let me be a real journalist at Sputnik news.  I was wrong.  —  “What would you do if we asked you to write something that wasn't true?”
Discussion: @c_stroop and @benimmo
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Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
Die Welt's head of social media sheds light on how the strategy of engaging with readers in comments on its Facebook page is helping bolster ties with readers
Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab:
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the only local news org among Facebook Watch's first batch of partners, sees it as a way to attract viewers outside of Texas
Conor Sullivan / Financial Times:
London Assembly economic committee to issue report saying local papers' decline undermines democracy, sped by some councils' taxpayer-funded “news” publishing
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
A look at challenges facing Verizon's Oath as the integration of NYC's AOL and SV's Yahoo struggles along, after 2,100 were laid off in mid-June
Emily Steel / New York Times:
James Murdoch's letter and ADL pledge prompt speculation about whether they signal change at Murdoch-controlled conservative media empire
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Mădălina Ciobanu /
Inside Pop-Up Newsroom, which launched in June to foster innovation in newsgathering, partly inspired by Electionland
Discussion: newsrewired and @mattcooke_uk
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: government review of AT&T's $85B takeover of Time Warner has reached an advanced stage, as AT&T lawyers discuss merger conditions with the DoJ
Brendan Pierson / Reuters:
US judge dismisses lawsuit by the former head of Venezuela's National Assembly accusing The Wall Street Journal of libeling him
Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal:
GroupM relaxes its video ad viewability standards, says ads in news feeds don't have to have sound on or be user-initiated to count