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3:25 PM ET, September 25, 2017

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Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
Knight Foundation announces $2.5M in funding to support projects at seven organizations, new commission to tackle declining trust in media, with $2M in support  —  A lot more resources are going into addressing the problem of the American public's withering trust in media institutions.
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Lauren Easton / Associated Press:
Associated Press announces $245K from Knight Foundation for fact-checking initiative, will hire journalists, integrate local fact checks, analyze consumer data  —  The Associated Press announced today an effort to enhance its fact-checking and ability to debunk misinformation with $245,000 …
Discussion: @raju and Poynter
Washington Post:
Sources: on Nov. 19, 9 days after Zuckerberg downplayed fake news' role in election, Obama appealed to him to take threat of political disinformation seriously  —  Nine days after Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg dismissed as “crazy” the idea that fake news on his company's social network played …
Lorelei Marfil / WWD:
Fashion and street style photographers form an “unofficial union” to protest lack of pay from the commercial use of their pics by brands, influencers, bloggers  —  The #NoFreePhotos initiative kicked off earlier this week.  —  Out and about at Paris Men's Fashion Week
Brian McCollum / Detroit Free Press:
In what's being described as a first-of-its-kind deal, Eminem's music catalog will go public, with investors and fans able to buy shares in it  —  Want to buy a piece of “Lose Yourself,” “Stan” and “The Real Slim Shady”?  —  In a potentially pioneering venture, shares in Eminem's entire hit catalog …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
How newsrooms in New Orleans and Clear Health Costs crowdsourced medical bills to reveal healthcare cost differences and shady billing practices by providers  —  “We think of this as a perfect use case for journalism — finding real, good information and displaying it back to the public."
Talking New Media:
Former TheAtlantic.com editor JJ Gould to succeed Eric Bates as New Republic editor; Bates to continue as editor-at-large  —  Gould will succeed Eric Bates who has resigned from his post as editor but will continue with the magazine as editor-at-large  —  New York, NY — September 25 …
Discussion: MediaPost
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Mashable has had extensive talks with European media company ProSiebenSat.1 about a sale  —  Site known for tech and pop-culture stories is pursuing a possible sale  —  The new-media company Mashable is about to test how much “pivoting to video” pays off.
Discussion: Variety
Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab:
A profile of Old Town Media, the new company from three ex-Politico executives which wants to build media platforms and help companies with projects  —  The company is a little difficult to describe, but its mission is less so: to help a wide variety of news organizations develop new ideas …
Discussion: @janebsinger
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
Nielsen sues to block comScore from offering new audience measurement service, alleging it will use Nielsen's data in violation of an agreement between them  —  Nielsen Holdings filed a lawsuit Friday seeking to block rival ComScore from offering a new service, Extended TV, that will provide TV audience data.
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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
Davis Winborne / Columbia Missourian:
The brutal treatment of journalists by St. Louis police was a direct attack on constitutionally protected work  —  Last weekend, I covered the protests in St. Louis along with Ellie Cherryhomes, one of my fellow photojournalism students at MU, and several other press photographers and videographers from news outlets across the country.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
During the debut of her new morning show, Megyn Kelly Today, Megyn Kelly told viewers she was “kind of done with politics for now”  —  Megyn Kelly isn't playing politics anymore - at least not on camera.  —  The former Fox News anchor vowed to put aside the hard-edged interviewing …
 
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Brent Lang / Variety:
Actor Casey Affleck's new production company, Sea Change Media, signs exclusive two-year first look deal for film and television products with Amazon Studios
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Free Speech Project debuts with funding from Knight Foundation to track incidents challenging speech in US, amid rise in state laws curbing speech and dissent
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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
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