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3:45 PM ET, November 17, 2014


 Top News: 
Emily Steel / New York Times:
Vice Hires Alyssa Mastromonaco, Former Official in Obama White House, as Top Executive  —  Vice Media, the news and entertainment group, is expected to announce Monday that it has hired Alyssa Mastromonaco, a former Obama administration official, as its chief operating officer.
Peter Sterne / Capital New York:
Vice is expanding into science fiction with a new section called “Terraform” for Motherboard  —  Vice Media adds science fiction section called ‘Terraform’  —  Vice Media tech vertical Motherboard has launched a science fiction called Terraform, Publisher's Weekly reported this morning.
Discussion: Publishers Weekly
Jane L. Levere / New York Times:
Airbnb launches Pineapple, a quarterly print magazine focused on travel; $12 at select stores  —  Airbnb Introducing Print Magazine, Pineapple  —  Following in the footsteps of other digital brands like CNET and WebMD, Airbnb is getting into the print magazine business.
Elizabeth Jensen / New York Times:
Podcast network Radiotopia raises over $620K on Kickstarter  —  Kickstarter Campaign Focuses on Public Radio  —  A Kickstarter campaign offering backers the opportunity to participate in “remaking public radio” through podcasts raised $620,412 by the time it ended Friday …
Discussion: @kickstarter, @prx and @radiotopiafm
Chris Amico / Homicide Watch DC:
After announcing it is shutting down, Homicide Watch DC is now seeking a local owner  —  Request for Proposals to Continue Homicide Watch D.C.  —  A week ago, we announced that we would close this site at the end of December, after covering the District of Columbia for more than four years.
Capital New York:
As NYT buyout deadline nears, speculation mounts about who is leaving the newsroom  —  New York Times buyout watch, 2014  —  With a looming deadline for New York Times buyout applications, details about employees who have taken the package—or are believed to be strongly considering it—are starting to trickle out.
Discussion: @joepompeo
Jacqui Shine / The Awl:
The history of the Styles section of the New York ‘Times’—and the real New Journalism  —  Bonfire of the Inanities  —  The story arrived in November of 1992—more than a year after the video for Nirvana's “Smells Like Teen Spirit” premiered on MTV's “120 Minutes.”
Grady Smith / Guardian:
Forgoing streaming and iTunes sales, Garth Brooks sees meager sales for his comeback album  —  How Garth Brooks took on the internet - and lost  —  The poor sales of his comeback album Man Against Machine show that taking a stand against the modern music business only works if you're Taylor Swift
Jeff Elder / Wall Street Journal:
Russian Agency Looks to Meet With Twitter, Facebook on New Laws  —  The Russian government agency looking to enforce new restrictions on the Internet has asked Twitter and Facebook to send representatives to Russia to discuss the laws.  —  A spokesman for Russian government media regulator Roscomnadzor confirmed the planned meetings.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Economist EIC: We're no different from Sky or HBO - we all make most money from subscriptions  —  Micklethwait: 'Merkel listens to the Economist's audio app in the car'  —  The Economist's editor-in-chief on his big-name readers and rumours that the FT will sell its 50% stake
Discussion: @mediaguardian
Anna Clark / Columbia Journalism Review:
What can Jim Brady's new site do for Philadelphia journalism?  —  DETROIT, MI — “Can it last?”  That was the question we asked a year ago about AxisPhilly, an ambitious nonprofit journalism outlet in Philadelphia.  The answer, sadly, was no. Over the summer, it went the way of Metropolis …
Discussion: @sacmcdonald, @cjr and @jimbradysp
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Bill Keller / The Marshall Project:
Nonprofit news site The Marshall Project, edited by Bill Keller, launches to cover America's criminal justice system
John Herrman / The Awl:
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