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9:25 AM ET, August 25, 2014


 Top News: 
Rukmini Callimachi / New York Times:
Peter Theo Curtis, Abducted by Nusra Front in 2012, Is Released  —  An American journalist held captive for nearly two years by Al Qaeda's official branch in Syria has been freed, according to a representative of the journalist's family and a report on Sunday by the Al Jazeera network.
Edmund Lee / Re/code:
New York Times's Digital Subscription Growth Story May Be Ending  —  The New York Times has bet on digital subscriptions to play a central role in its long-term future.  But while selling access to the paper's Web and mobile versions was an initial hit, growth is slowing …
Discussion: @pkafka
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Following layoffs memo, Jeff Zucker tells CNN employees they need to “do less and do it with less”  —  CNN chief: News operation will do less with less  —  CNN chief Jeff Zucker recently shared not so encouraging words with some of the news operation's employees, many of whom have been bracing for potential jobs cuts.
Fox News:
US, UK eye rapper as British-born militant who beheaded journalist James Foley  —  American and British intelligence officials are eyeing a British-born rapper as the militant who beheaded journalist James Foley.  —  A senior Western intelligence official told Fox News that 23-year-old …
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
The Guardian and St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial pages are teaming up for Ferguson coverage
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Time Inc. Faces a Looming Existential Magazine Deadline  —  What should a magazine company be now?  The most storied one in America has to come up with an answer fast.  —  In the 92 years since Henry Luce co-founded Time Inc., there have been just seven journalists to hold the title of editor-in-chief.
David Carr / New York Times:
Its Edge Intact, Vice Is Chasing Hard News  —  In early 2010, I wrote a column about Vice in which Shane Smith, one of the founders, suggested that he and his band of insurgents were building “the next MTV.”  And then there was a promise to become “the next CNN” — outrageous claims at the time …
Discussion: @shaunrandol and @ellenbarrynyt
Zachary M. Seward / Quartz:
Quartz has a new look—and for the first time, a homepage  —  We just shipped version 3.0 of Quartz, which you are looking at right now.  It's our second major redesign in as many years, a rapid pace of reinvention that makes good on our promise to continually evolve and improve on what a purely digital news organization can be.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Vice News sparks debate on engaging younger viewers  —  Traditional broadcasters such as BBC and Channel 4 examine how to attract generation focused on YouTube and social media  —  Vice News report on The Islamic State has attracted more than 2.5m views on YouTube
Discussion: @eelcoromeijn
Ricardo Bilton / Digiday:
ScrollMotion VP: tablet magazines were flawed; pubs should build in utility, customization  —  “The tablet magazine has been flawed from the start”  —  Magazine publishers have a tablet problem.  According to one designer, they always have.  Four years after Apple introduced the iPad, tablet apps are stagnating.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Upworthy's Traffic Goes Lower, but Revenue Is Climbing  —  The last time we checked in on Upworthy, the viral Web-sharing startup, we found that its traffic was sagging.  Not a big deal, said CEO Eli Pariser: The company was training more people to find stuff to share, so it hadn't spent as much time sharing stuff.
Why journalists from NYT and BuzzFeed published raw data from Ferguson reporting on GitHub  —  Thoughts on recent dataset postings from BuzzFeed and the New York Times  —  Thoughts on recent dataset postings from BuzzFeed and the New York Times  —  Last Friday, the New York Times published …
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