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2:00 PM ET, July 17, 2017

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Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
US intel officials say UAE orchestrated hacking of Qatar News Agency and social media sites in late May to plant false statements, sparking regional crisis  —  The United Arab Emirates orchestrated the hacking of Qatari government news and social media sites in order to post incendiary false quotes attributed …
Max Willens / Digiday:
Politico Pro has 20K subscribers and generates 50% of the site's annual revenue  —  On Monday, Politico is expected to announce a series of updates and a new product for Politico Pro, its subscription service, including a legislation compass that tracks the progress of bills making …
BBC:
The BBC's Doctor Who casts its first female Doctor, Jodie Whittaker, succeeding Peter Capaldi, who will leave during the Christmas special episode  —  Jodie Whittaker has been announced as Doctor Who's 13th Time Lord - the first woman to be given the role.  —  The new Doctor's identity …
Alexis Levinson / BuzzFeed:
Not all Republican lawmakers like Trump's fracas with the press, with some saying it is distracting from coverage of key issues like tax reform  —  “I love the media,” said the Freedom Caucus chairman.  —  Reporting From Washington, DC … You've read a lot about the Republican war on what Donald Trump calls fake news.
The Drum:
Interview with Google's Madhav Chinnappa on the goals of the Digital News Initiative, projects like WikiTribune, and natural-language reporting tool Radar  —  Under fire from several quarters for an array of accusations ranging from monopolistic practices to the dissemination (and even funding) …
Discussion: blog.wan-ifra.org
Michelle Ye Hee Lee / Washington Post:
How 126 fact-checking organizations in 49 countries use WhatsApp, Facebook Live, Twitter, automation, and forensic tools to find falsehoods and spread truth  —  This is a report on the fourth Global Fact-Checking Summit, which Michelle Ye Hee Lee of The Fact Checker attended.  —  MADRID — “Nos encanta la verdad.”
Discussion: @timothys and @omidyarnetwork
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
OMGDigital, a 7-year-old media company for African youth, boasts over 90M monthly views and has raised $1.1M from Kima Ventures, Soma Capital, others  —  “In the West, Cracked, BuzzFeed, and Mashable had really picked up steam.  We couldn't relate to the contents; we didn't get the jokes.
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Press Association EIC Peter Clifton says the news org is not replacing reporters with robots, after being awarded near $1M to develop an automated news project  —  Press Association editor-in-chief Peter Clifton has said he is “certainly not replacing reporters with robots” …
Columbia Journalism Review:
Documentary filmmaker Errol Morris on the value of listening to interviewees and why he thinks it is a bad idea for interviewers to have a list of questions  —  A great interview is one of the journalist's most powerful tools.  It can be informative, entertaining, thoughtful.
Discussion: Maximum Fun
Dave McNary / Variety:
SAG-AFTRA union reaches tentative 3-year deal with NPR, says new deal provides for salary increases and prevents NPR from setting up a two-tiered salary system  —  Management of National Public Radio and SAG-AFTRA have reached a tentative three-year deal, averting a strike by more than 400 of NPR's news and programming employees.
Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab:
Gannett's local news teams are helping USA Today expand the frequency and scale of its VR projects by collaborating on pieces, writing companion articles, more  —  “We have to remember that not only we as content creators are new to VR, but so is our audience.  For a lot of people, it's still very experiential."
 
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Digital Content Next, the trade body representing news outlets like the NYT and ABC, urges FCC to reconsider plans to roll back Obama-era net neutrality rules
Lydia O'Connor / HuffPost:
WHCA President Jeff Mason confirms Politico's Tara Palmeri was the journalist whose reporting the White House asked the WHCA to criticize
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Former Guardian Media Group and easyJet CEO Carolyn McCall appointed as ITV CEO, starts on January 8
Marty Kaiser / Poynter:
Interview with Billy Penn's Chris Krewson on managing a news startup: focus on readers and how to solve their problems
Discussion: @kristenhare
 Earlier Picks: 
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
Behind the scenes at Fox & Friends, whose sway with Donald Trump may make it the most influential news program in the US
Larry Neumeister / Associated Press:
The New York Times asks court to toss Sarah Palin lawsuit, says there was no malice in a quickly corrected editorial claiming her PAC incited Giffords shooting
Daniel Funke / Poynter:
Q&A with Malcolm Gladwell about how his podcast, Revisionist History, came to be, how curiosity of the medium made him transition to audio, more