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9:10 PM ET, March 16, 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 …
Daniel D'Addario / TIME:
Fox's Shep Smith on separating news and opinion programming, quitting if the show changes to accommodate viewers, concerns about who would replace him, and more  —  In a Manhattan Fox News studio on a recent Tuesday in February, Shepard Smith sits ready to begin taping his 3 p.m. newscast.
Molly McHugh / The Ringer:
Digg to shut down Digg Reader, its barebones RSS reader, on March 26  —  A requiem for a haven from algorithms and trending topics  —  On Wednesday, Digg announced that it will be shutting down Digg Reader on March 26.  The RSS reader, for me and likely many others, was a godsend after the 2013 shuttering of Google Reader.
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Univision-hired consulting firm's preliminary recommendation calls for cuts of Fusion's budget by up to 35%; Fusion has 600 staff, ~$150M annual budget  —  Parent company Univision has hired a consulting firm to review the entire business and recommend budget reductions
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Facebook apologizes and says it is investigating why its search box autocomplete suggested sexual videos, child abuse content, and other strange results  —  Searches starting ‘video of’ returned autocomplete suggestions of sexual videos and child abuse content
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Naming Nancy Dubuc CEO of Vice signals both its commitment to changing its internal culture and a traditional shift from visionary founder to proven operator  —  A+E's Nancy Dubuc has picked hits (Duck Dynasty, Ice Road Truckers), acts like an adult, and is female—which is precisely what Vice needs right now.
Discussion: Splinter
Wikimedia Blog:
Wikipedia survey over 14 languages shows about 35% of users are seeking a specific fact, 33% want a topic overview, and 32% want to read about a topic in depth  —  Wikimedia's mission is to provide educational content and to effectively disseminate it.  Doing so requires understanding …
Discussion: Nieman Lab and Fast Company
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 …
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
BuzzFeed tests specific release times, or “universal windows”, for its episodic shows across platforms, including YouTube, Facebook, Amazon, Hulu, and Roku  —  BuzzFeed is experimenting with a new windowing strategy to get people to tune into its distributed series.
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.
 
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Amanda Pfeffer / CBC News:
Radio-Canada reporter Antoine Trépanier arrested, not yet charged, for criminal harassment after requesting an interview with the subject of investigative story
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
The Times of London to pilot an algorithm that aims to serve subscribers relevant content at opportune times and help convert registered users into subscribers
Discussion: @chrisduncania
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
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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
CNN:
Trump administration announces new Russia sanctions on 5 entities, including IRA, and 19 individuals, in response to US election interference and cyberattacks