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9:40 PM ET, March 15, 2018

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ProPublica:
ProPublica retracts reporting saying Gina Haspel oversaw a “black site” while al-Qaida suspect Abu Zubaydah was waterboarded and that she mocked his suffering  —  On Feb. 22, 2017, ProPublica published a story that inaccurately described Gina Haspel's role in the treatment of Abu Zubaydah …
Shannon Liao / The Verge:
Snap apologizes for approving 3rd-party ad with “would you rather” options for slapping Rihanna, punching Chris Brown; Rihanna rejects apology  —  'I'd love to call it ignorance, but I know you ain't that dumb!'  —  Rihanna posted an Instagram Story today to denounce Snapchat …
CNN:
Trump administration announces new Russia sanctions on 5 entities, including IRA, and 19 individuals, in response to US election interference and cyberattacks  —  Putin's ‘chef,’ the man behind the troll factory  —  Washington (CNN)The Trump administration announced Thursday it is enacting …
Bart Barnes / Washington Post:
Michael Getler, a Washington Post foreign correspondent, editor and ombudsman, as well as an ombudsman for PBS, dies at 82  —  Michael Getler, a Washington Post foreign correspondent and editor who later led the Paris-based International Herald Tribune and served as an incisive in-house media critic …
Robert Feder:
Layoffs hit Tronc's Chicago Tribune, the second round in five months; memo lists other changes, including content management system, redesign, and planned move  —  Chicago Tribune staffers bid farewell to more of their colleagues as another wave of layoffs hit the newsroom today.
James Andrew Miller / Hollywood Reporter:
Interview with former ESPN President John Skipper, who resigned in December citing substance addiction; he says someone tried to extort him for buying cocaine  —  The former network chief goes public in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter about the real reason behind his abrupt departure …
The Guardian:
Guardian report on gender pay gap: men paid 11.3% more, top-paid workers are 65% male; outlet aims for 50/50 gender balance in top half of organization by 2023  —  Difference between men and women in editorial is 7.4% … The gender pay gap at Guardian News & Media is 11.3% …
Discussion: Forbes
Peter Kafka / Recode:
theSkimm raises $12M led by GV to build more subscription services, says it has 7M readers who open its newsletter at least once a month  —  The startup has a newsletter with seven million subscribers, but it wants more revenue sources.  —  TheSkimm started out as a newsletter aimed at millennial women …
Miroslava Germanova / New York Times:
Slovakia's prime minister resigns after demonstrations following murder of journalist Jan Kuciak  —  BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — The prime minister of Slovakia resigned on Thursday following mass demonstrations over the murder of a journalist who was uncovering government corruption.
Jeffrey Dastin / Reuters:
Leaked docs: by early 2017, Amazon's US audience for all Prime Video programming was ~26M, its top TV shows drew 5M+ people worldwide to Prime membership  —  (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's top television shows drew more than 5 million people worldwide to its Prime shopping club by early 2017 …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The latest Denver Post cuts, an apparent “harvesting strategy” by Alden Global Capital, parent of Digital First Media, shock and sadden remaining journalists  —  Jesse Aaron Paul could hardly believe his good fortune when he started his internship at the Denver Post in 2014 not long after he graduated from Colorado College.
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Ezra Klein / Vox:
Trump's nomination of CNBC's Larry Kudlow is another instance of the feedback loop between the president and cable news  —  In Kudlow, the cable news president has found a cable news economist.  —  If appointing CNBC commentator Larry Kudlow to run the National Economic Council …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Q&A with WikiTribune editor Peter Bane on registered user growth from 1.7K to 8K in five months, how News Agenda decisions are made, transparency efforts, more  —  “It is a product for people of good will — which I know sounds ridiculously naive, but so far it's working quite well."
Discussion: @wikitribune
 
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Spotify confirms it is testing an in-app voice control feature; user demo shows fairly accurate speech recognition
Lisa de Moraes / Deadline:
Shep Smith signs multiyear deal with Fox News, renewing his status as the channel's chief news anchor and managing editor of breaking news
Discussion: Variety, TVNewser and Mediaite
New York Times:
Harper Lee's estate sues over Aaron Sorkin's adaptation of Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird for Broadway, saying it deviates too much from the novel
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Siddhartha Deb / Columbia Journalism Review:
Police in India charge 37-year-old man for involvement in last year's fatal shooting of Gauri Lankesh, the editor and publisher of a Bangalore-based weekly
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
BuzzFeed uses Cohen libel suit over Russia dossier to demand Stormy Daniels keep Trump and Cohen records; move may lead to her testimony about Trump despite NDA
Stuart Winchester / Viacom:
All Viacom networks and platforms suspended scheduled programming for 17 minutes early Wednesday to coincide with the National School Walkout