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11:20 AM ET, February 17, 2015


 Top News: 
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
Case study: Twitter sends less than 2% of tweet impressions back to a linked website  —  The Unbearable Lightness of Tweeting  —  In January, I deleted Twitter from my phone.  The app was a charming distraction, I decided, and 2015 would be a year of productivity upgrades.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Jose Antonio Vargas partners with LA Times to create new vertical, #EmergingUS, on race, immigration and multiculturalism  —  Jose Antonio Vargas partners with Los Angeles Times  —  Jose Antonio Vargas, a journalist and undocumented immigrant, is joining forces with the Los Angeles Times …
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Lena Dunham, Jill Abramson, Dean Baquet, other stars all turn out for David Carr's wake  —  David Carr's Star-Studded Wake  —  A lover, a brother and “an a**hole,” tributes flowed in for The New York Times columnist whose wide range of friends were drawn from AA meetings to the Hollywood A-list.
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
David Carr's memoir to be rushed back to press  —  David Carr in the documentary “Page One: Inside The New York Times.”  —  Simon & Schuster is going back to press to rush more copies of the memoir “The Night of the Gun” to market, after the sudden death of the author, New York Times media columnist David Carr, The Post has learned.
Matt Waite / Nieman Lab:
Proposed FAA rules will allow newsrooms to use drones for reporting  —  New rules governing drone journalism are on the way — and there's reason to be optimistic  —  Today we got our first real look into what the FAA intends to do about regulating drones in U.S. airspace — and frankly …
Katie Hawkins-Gaar / Poynter:
Newsrooms like Storyful begin to address the emotional toll of graphic images like ISIS videos  —  Newsrooms face mental health challenge amid surge of graphic footage  —  Tuesday, February 3, marked the first time Andy Carvin allowed himself to watch an ISIS execution video.
Discussion: @benmullin and @katiehawk
Lion Publishers:
Local Independent Online News Publishers group hires former editor of New Haven Register, Matt DeRienzo, as interim executive director  —  LION hires DeRienzo to expand leadership in local publishing  —  LION Publishers is pleased to announce that industry leader Matt DeRienzo has been hired as the group's interim Executive Director.
Discussion: @netnewscheck and @lionpubs
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Sky Starts Process to Take 100 Percent Control of Sky Deutschland  —  Pan-European pay TV giant Sky said Tuesday that it has notified the management board of Germany's Sky Deutschland that it has started a process to buy out the remaining 4 percent stake in the company held by small shareholders.
Discussion: Reuters and Stock Market Wire
Bloomberg Business:
Meet the Oregon Journalist Who Keeps Taking Down Governors  —  The resignation of Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber on Friday is another pelt on the wall for Nigel Jaquiss, a Goldman Sachs oil trader turned muck-raking journalist.  —  Jaquiss, 52, works at Willamette Week …
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Univision Communications CFO Andy Hobson resigns, no reason cited  —  Univision Communications CFO Resigns  —  Spanish-language media giant Univision Communications said Tuesday that CFO and senior executive vp Andy Hobson has resigned.  —  The company didn't immediately cite a reason …
Aziz El Yaakoubi / Reuters:
Morocco expels two French reporters for violating rules  —  RABAT, Feb 16 (Reuters) - Moroccan authorities have expelled two French reporters they said were working without permission, a move criticised by freedom of speech campaigners as part of a pattern of making it tough for journalists to work.
Discussion: Associated Press and Al Bawaba
Brian Lowry / Variety:
Upcoming Modern Family episode was shot entirely on iPhones, iPads and MacBook Pros  —  ‘Modern Family’ Episode Employs Modern Twist  —  “Modern Family” is taking the “modern” part of its name to heart.  In an episode later this month designed to explore the way family interaction …
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