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1:05 PM ET, May 6, 2019

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Wall Street Journal:
Visualizations show the stark divide between a handful of national newspapers that have managed to make the digital transition, and the struggling local outlets  —  After suffering a historic meltdown a decade ago in the financial crisis, American newspapers began racing to transform into digital businesses …
CNN:
After Facebook bans seven extremists, Trump, in a series of tweets, complains about the ban, retweeting extremists' tweets, and issuing vague threats  —  New York (CNN)Facebook barred seven users from its services earlier this week, citing its policies against “dangerous individuals and organizations.”
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Jack Shafer / Politico:
Facebook could have limited the reach of Alex Jones and other “dangerous” figures without outright bans, which erode the US' strong free speech traditions  —  Free speech took a whacking Thursday as Facebook cited its policies against “dangerous individuals and organizations” …
Zosha Millman / SeattlePI:
Journalist says Seattle Times reporter Mike Rosenberg sent her sexually harassing Twitter DMs, and the paper says it's suspended him amid its own investigation  —  Seattle Times journalist Mike Rosenberg has deactivated his Twitter account after another journalist accused him of sending sexually explicit and harassing messages.
Rochelle Toplensky / Financial Times:
Sources: after considering Spotify's complaint about App Store fees, the EU has decided to launch an antitrust probe into Apple's conduct  —  The EU will launch a formal antitrust investigation into Apple in the next few weeks after Spotify accused the iPhone maker of “tilting the playing field to disadvantage competitors”.
Jacob Silverman / New Republic:
A freelance writer details how journalism's use of part-time freelancers has hurt the industry, making corporate writing the only refuge for a steady income  —  In 2009, in the paranoid middle days of the recession, I enacted a boomerang-child stereotype: I moved back home into my parents' basement.
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Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Recently acquired Times-Picayune will lay off all of its 161 staff, including 65 reporters and editors, a notice filed with Louisiana Workforce Commission says  —  The Newhouse family sold the 182-year-old daily The Times-Picayune and its website, nola.com, to a scrappy New Orleans competitor, and the entire staff is being laid off.
Nina Jankowicz / Columbia Journalism Review:
How Ukraine elected comedian Volodymyr Zelensky as president while TV viewers searched in vain for measured, fact-based news on oligarch-owned channels  —  On a recent spring evening in Kyiv, 22,000 people gathered under cotton-candy skies in the capitol city's Olympic Stadium.  Millions more watched at home.
Kevin Poulsen / The Daily Beast:
By broadcasting Russian disinformation about Syria's White Helmets, OANN “source launders” it by making it seem like it doesn't originate from a single source  —  One America News Network has no qualms with playing the mouthpiece for Kremlin-hatched conspiracy theories.
Danielle Chemtob / The Charlotte Observer:
After initial moments of fear following a campus shooting, college journalists at UNC Charlotte worked on telling the stories of their classmates and friends  —  When UNC Charlotte student Nikolai Mather first saw frantic messages about a shooting on campus Tuesday, he turned off his dorm room lights …
Oliver Burkeman / The Guardian:
A critical examination of social media's role in driving the online news economy and how that is harming democratic politics as well as people's well-being  —  Is engagement with current affairs key to being a good citizen?  Or could an endless torrent of notifications be harming democracy as well as our wellbeing?
Josef Adalian / Vulture:
Interview with Dan Rather on the state of TV news, his news diet, time at CBS News and relationship with Les Moonves, Trump's war on the press, and more  —  Ask Dan Rather for his reaction to the Mueller Report and he does not hold back.  “What's revealed is absolutely damning,” …
 
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Jason Del Rey / Vox:
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