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1:55 PM ET, September 24, 2017


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Michelle Dean / Wired:
Profile of Snopes and how co-founder David Mikkelson's divorce led to the lawsuit about the ownership of the site and recent “Save Snopes” crowdfunding campaign  —  IT WAS EARLY March, not yet two months into the Trump administration, and the new Not-Normal was setting in …
Discussion: Nieman Lab and Longreads
Spenser Mestel / Longreads:
Inside the history of the Freedom of Information Act, funding and volume problems that lead to request backlogs, and bureaucratic maze of requests and appeals  —  On July 2, 1972, Angela Davis was sitting in the Plateau Seven restaurant in Santa Clara County, California …
Tim Swanson / Great Wall of Numbers:
How shady exchange and ICO practices, conflicts of interest in journalism, and other serious issues in cryptocurrencies are largely ignored by the media  —  [Note: I neither own nor have any trading position on any cryptocurrency.  I was not compensated by any party to write this.
Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
Facebook's efforts to overhaul political ads on its platform are crucial first steps, but vulnerabilities remain  —  FACEBOOK HAS AGREED to give Congressional investigators roughly 3,000 political ads it found linked to Russian accounts that ran during the 2016 election.
Ariel Stulberg / Columbia Journalism Review:
Analysis of 25 top newspapers shows diversity in paywall strategy as owners seek balance between subscriptions and ad revenue; none adopt hard paywall  —  The majority of America's largest newspapers continue to employ digital subscription strategies that prioritize traffic, ad revenues …
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
How USA Today Network, with newsrooms across the US-Mexico border, reported its “The Wall” feature: a helicopter with LIDAR camera, teams of journalists, more  —  Last October, the editor of the Arizona Republic/azcentral stood in the press pit at a presidential rally for the Republican candidate.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Nielsen partners with ad tech company Clypd to offer ad buyers audience segments that are more nuanced than just age and gender  —  Nielsen, which for years has backed a system under which advertisers paid for TV commercials based on the number of people of a particular age or gender who saw them …
Discussion: Variety and Nielsen
Ann-Derrick Gaillot / The Outline:
Profile of John Ruskin, also known as Nardwuar, a Canadian music journalist who has spent 30 years in radio and is now reaching a larger audience on YouTube  —  The Canadian man who has spent 30 years keeping interviews interesting.  —  Ann-Derrick Gaillot  —  Pharrell looks like he's about to scream.
Jeanine Poggi / Ad Age:
BuzzFeed launches AM to DM show on Twitter on Monday, echoing traditional morning TV shows, with 60 episodes planned through the end of the year  —  Megyn Kelly isn't the only one moving to mornings next week.  BuzzFeed debuts its Twitter morning show on Monday—and it will all look a whole lot like TV, including the ads.
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
WAN-IFRA survey of 235 media executives and managers in 68 countries finds nearly 2/3 say revenues declined in past year, top area for investment is video  —  Worry is universal — but a quarter of publishers surveyed said their revenues are going up, not down.
Ellen Pollock / The New York Times Company:
New York Times names Jim Windolf as media editor beginning September 26  —  Jim Windolf, who has led Men's Style since it was founded in 2015, will join Business Day on Sept. 26.  Read more in this note from Ellen Pollock:  —  I'm thrilled to announce that Jim Windolf will be our new media editor.
Discussion: @choire
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
New York Times insiders question whether copy desk cutbacks and digital first strategies led to a mistake laden book review  —  A deeply inaccurate book review has set off much consternation, and soul-searching, at 620 Eighth Avenue.  —  Last weekend, The New York Times's normally stately …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Week
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