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12:15 PM ET, August 24, 2017

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Jake Sherman / Politico:
WH director of rapid response Andy Hemming, who was paid to spot and distribute positive stories from the mainstream media, left his job on Monday  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  Happy Thursday.  AN INTERESTING DATAPOINT — TONY FABRIZIO, whom the Trump campaign paid $1.29 million last year …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
In late-night emails, Wall Street Journal Editor Gerard Baker criticized staff for coverage of Trump rally, describing story as commentary, not reporting  —  Gerard Baker, the editor in chief of The Wall Street Journal, has faced unease and frustration in his newsroom over his stewardship …
Luke O'Neil / Esquire:
Current and former Village Voice staffers, including food critic Robert Sietsema and film editor Alan Scherstuhl, reflect on their time at the paper  —  On Tuesday morning, Peter Barbey, owner of the Village Voice, assembled the staff of the storied but turbulent New York City alt-weekly for a meeting.
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Kristen Hare / Poynter:
The health of the alt-weekly sector remains mixed as some abandon print and some die, while local online independent sites may be growing  —  In 2009, the Association of Alternative Newsmedia had 135 alt-weeklies in its membership, according to Pew Research Center.  —  In 2015, that group had 117 members.
Annalies Winny / The Guardian:
How some alt-weeklies without benefactors are setting up nonprofit arms to save local journalism across the US  —  An epidemic of free alternative newspaper closures has left many US cities with no local journalism at all.  Is it too late to save them?  —  Cities is supported by  —  About this content
Michael Calderone / HuffPost:
Trump follows long autocratic tradition by saying journalists “don't like our country” and are “trying to take away our history and heritage”  —  “This was incitement, plain and simple” ABC News correspondent Cecilia Vega said following Trump's Phoenix rally.
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Washington Post creates Own, an ad product for distributing branded content, which works by automation, and should result in 80-90% profit margins  —  Publishers are running into a wall with so-called native ads.  Once seen as the panacea for declining digital ad rates …
Discussion: @benmullin, @lmoses and @digiday
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
TPM may add a morning email newsletter to its $50-per-year Prime membership program  —  Earlier this summer, we spoke with Talking Points Memo founder Josh Marshall about ways he was thinking about adding value to its $50-a-year Prime membership program:
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Apple adds feature to Safari in iOS11 that strips out Google AMP URLs when a story is shared or copy and pasted  —  Apple is adding a subtle new feature to Safari in iOS 11 that will automatically strip out Google AMP URLs when a webpage is shared or copy and pasted, as spotted by MacStories editor Federico Viticci.
Brandon Shulleeta / Poynter:
SEC filing: Ross Levinsohn, new CEO and publisher of LA Times, will get starting salary of $1M, Tronc stock, and potential bonuses  —  The new CEO and publisher of the Los Angeles Times will have a starting salary of $1 million, and he's positioned to make much more depending on the financial success …
Discussion: TheStreet and LA Observed
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Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
New report finds that decentralization and other factors could protect speech online as “mega-platforms” amass greater gatekeeping powers  —  While platforms like Facebook have empowered users around the world to publish and browse the web and convene with friends online without …
Discussion: MediaShift and Marketplace
 
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Brian Flood / The Wrap:
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Richard Horgan / Adweek:
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Discussion: Mediaite and Mediawire
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
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