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2:55 PM ET, August 22, 2017

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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.
Michael J. Socolow / Washington Post:
A reflection on Gawker and its journalism, like its coverage of Trump long before his presidential campaign, a year to the day since it was forced to close  —  Gawker wasn't perfect.  But in the age of Trump, it's hard not to miss its voice.  (Henri Grivot/AP)  —  One year ago today, Gawker shut down.
Discussion: Nieman Lab and The Daily Caller
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Max Willens / Digiday:
HuffPost's homepage traffic is up 23% YoY since unveiling its tabloid redesign in April  —  This spring, HuffPost's new editor-in-chief, Lydia Polgreen, announced that she wanted the Oath-owned title to become a grand tabloid for the underserved.  —  It appears to be resonating with HuffPost's core audience.
The Daily Beast:
Sources: fired CNN contributor Jeffrey Lord, who was sacked after tweeting a Nazi salute, is in preliminary talks to join Breitbart  —  It's been nearly two weeks since Jeffrey Lord, the former Reagan administration official and pro-Trump political commentator, was sacked from his contributor job at CNN.
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 …
James Warren / Poynter:
Q&A with American Prospect publisher Amy Lambrecht on how the interview with Bannon has affected the magazine  —  Amy Lambrecht, publisher of The American Prospect, faces a tough challenge every day: How can she make her magazine stand out in a wickedly competitive media universe …
Discussion: @benmullin
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  —  “The ability to recognize a brand — this is a huge thing right now.  We don't want people to say, 'I read this on Facebook.'"
Jason Lynch / Adweek:
CNN announces it will launch The Update, a daily Snapchat news show at 6PM ET, one month after NBC debuted its twice-daily news program  —  The Update debuts a month after NBC News rolled out its own twice-daily program  —  Just one month ago, there weren't any daily news shows on Snapchat.
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
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  —  “Watch is appealing because it's not just about getting as many of those singular people watching, but also developing a community …
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 …
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