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5:30 PM ET, February 15, 2018

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Cecilia Kang / New York Times:
Congressman says office of FCC inspector general, a nonpartisan internal watchdog, is investigating the relationship between Ajit Pai and Sinclair Broadcasting  —  WASHINGTON — Last April, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, led the charge for his agency …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Chartbeat: AMP traffic to publishers increased 100% since 2017 as mobile dominates traffic growth; Parse.ly data shows Facebook referral traffic fell to 25.3%  —  According to new data from Chartbeat, the vast majority of traffic growth publishers are seeing from platforms is now coming from Google AMP …
Katie Notopoulos / BuzzFeed:
How Facebook prioritizing friends' content with many comments led to a post reappearing atop people's News Feed over and over, increasing “engagement” even more  —  Last Saturday — 12 days ago now — I shared a cringeworthy video on Facebook: a 6-minute clip …
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Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
UK magazine circulation July-December 2017: Economist up 8% YoY, Fortune EU down 32%, Spectator at all-time high as editor lauds digital for rising print sales  —  Spectator editor Fraser Nelson has said digital is behind a “renaissance” of print sales, which he said were at an all-time high …
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Twitter begins streaming local news broadcasts next to timeline amid major news events, displaying Miami's WSVN 7 coverage of high school shooting on Wednesday  —  Twitter is starting to show live, local news broadcasts in a live streaming window next to its timeline during major breaking news events.
Michelle Dean / Columbia Journalism Review:
How the nondisclosure agreement became a tool for powerful people to stymie journalists from informing the public  —  At this writing, the cast of characters in the sexual harassment scandals that have been carpet-bombing the media continues to expand.  Every day new women come forward to say they've had a bad experience.
Chris Ariens / TVSpy:
Tegna acquires Midwest Television's radio and TV stations in San Diego for $325M; it now owns 47 TV stations and two radio stations in 39 markets  —  TEGNA is adding to its station group, finalizing its $325 million cash deal for Midwest Television, Inc.'s stations in San Diego, including KFMB …
Tracy M. Cook / American Press Institute:
Study of digital subscription costs at 100 US newspapers finds weekly costs range from $0.46 to $7.85 and the median digital subscription price is $2.31/week  —  The dual-revenue model of print advertising and home delivery subscriptions that historically sustained newspapers is fading.
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Mark Di Stefano / BuzzFeed:
Sources: key staff members of HuffPost UK, which has 45 editorial workers, are pushing to unionize with the National Union of Journalists
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Ashley Feinberg / HuffPost:
Leaked chat transcript from an NYT Slack channel shows staff concern over diversity efforts, prompted by tweet by opinion section's Bari Weiss on immigrants
Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Sources say Google dominated Coalition for Better Ads' research and review process, which helped determine ads that will be blacklisted by Chrome
The Intercept:
Leaked WikiLeaks chats from May 2015-Nov. 2017 of a direct-message Twitter group show anti-Clinton bias, misogyny, encouragement of trolling and fake accounts