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1:35 PM ET, August 24, 2018


 Top News: 
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
Sources: AMI's David Pecker and chief content officer Dylan Howard were granted immunity so they would describe Trump's role in payments to Daniels and McDougal  —  David Pecker and Dylan Howard corroborated Michael Cohen's account implicating the president in a federal crime.
Jeff Horwitz / Associated Press:
Sources: Enquirer used a safe for documents about payments and stories it killed as part of ties with Trump; Enquirer first promoted Trump for president in 2010  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Enquirer kept a safe containing documents on hush money payments and other damaging stories …
Felix Salmon / Slate:
A New York Times article on a preliminary study of Facebook use and hate crimes in Germany overstated the complicated study's conclusions  —  In December 2017, a pair of Warwick University post-docs, Karsten Müller and Carlo Schwarz, published an intriguing and clever attempt …
Leaked docs and sources describe Facebook's content moderation apparatus and the logistics of trying to moderate billions of posts a week in 100+ languages  —  Moderating billions of posts a week in more than a hundred languages has become Facebook's biggest challenge.
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Discussion: Adweek, @cmclymer and New York Post
Garett Sloane / Ad Age:
Hearst has ended its Snapchat daily digital magazine, Sweet, but will repurpose the brand with a new show; some staff members have been cut  —  Even Snapchat publishers are switching to video.  —  Hearst's Sweet, the first Snapchat-only media property, is closing its daily digital magazine …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Reveal has launched Reveal Local Labs, a two-year effort funded by the Knight Foundation to aid collaboration in investigative reporting among local newsrooms  —  Reveal, the multiplatform publishing arm of the Center for Investigative Reporting, has long experimented with different ways …
USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism:
BuzzFeed Investigations Editor Mark Schoofs is leaving the site to join USC Annenberg's journalism school to teach investigative reporting  —  Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mark Schoofs is joining the USC Annenberg School of Journalism to teach, train and inspire the next generation of high-impact digital journalists.
Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
A look at SurfSafe, a browser plug-in that cross-references images with 100 trusted news sites and fact-checking organizations to determine if images are fake  —  WHEN MICHAEL BENNETT played for the Seattle Seahawks, he celebrated wins with a victory dance in the team locker room.
Laura Wagner / Deadspin:
Sources: The Athletic is struggling to hire reporters for its new D.C. operation, with seven journalists at WaPo's sports desk rejecting offers to move  —  The Athletic, the venture capital-backed digital sports media venture that's plundering sportswriters from news organizations …
Discussion: @ajrod, @dcsportsbog and @ngreenberg
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New York Times:
NYT Exec Editor Dean Baquet and Managing Editor Joe Kahn say bylines have not appeared above stories in paper's app or mobile UI for some time
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
UK opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said a Labour govt may give journalists the right to elect their editors, create journalism fund paid for by tech giants
Marcela Kunova /
Publiq, a planned online content platform based on blockchain, would allow users to avoid censorship but would rely on users to weed out misinformation
Discussion: @raju
Hunter Schwarz / CNN:
24% of Trump's Instagram posts from May 22 to August 22 were reposts from Fox News, Fox Business, or “Fox & Friends”
Discussion: Observer