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8:50 AM ET, February 20, 2015


 Top News: 
Mother Jones:
Fox News host Bill O'Reilly's tales about his own combat reporting fail to withstand scrutiny  —  Bill O'Reilly Has His Own Brian Williams Problem  —  The Fox News host has said he was in a “war zone” that apparently no American correspondent reached.  —  After NBC News suspended anchor …
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
David Carr taught me how to create narrative argument, so my George Polk Award belongs to him  —  King David  —  David Carr, incomparable, irrepressible, and now legendary, is my friend and my brother.  I talked to him about everything—relationships, money problems, taxes, religion, drugs, alcohol, travel, writing, food, death.
Telegraph defends coverage of HSBC, will write guidelines for how editorial and commercial staffs cooperate  —  The Telegraph's promise to our readers  —  Telegraph View: We are proud to combine journalistic excellence with commercial success and we will continue to do so
Simon Bowers / Guardian:
Telegraph owners' £250m HSBC loan raises fresh questions over coverage
Marco della Cava / USA Today:
YouTube Kids for Android set to launch Feb. 23, features parental controls and a simplified UI  —  YouTube unveils new app for kids  —  SAN FRANCISCO - YouTube is repository of clips that range from exceedingly educational to suggestively explicit.  So to make sure younger fans …
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
New York Times nominates two with web expertise to board: CEO of Expedia, Dara Khosrowshahi, and Facebook's head of brand marketing, Rebecca Van Dyck  —  The Times Company Announces Board Nominees With Web Credentials  —  The New York Times Company announced two new nominees for its board …
Discussion: @raju
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Investigative Reporting Pulitzer entries up 50 percent since magazines were allowed in  —  Since The Pulitzer Prizes changed the rules to allow online and print magazines, the contest has seen a 50 percent increase in investigative entries compared to last year, Mike Pride, the administrator of The Pulitzer Prizes, said in an email.
Anna Clark / Columbia Journalism Review:
The Atlantic's health editor combines playful web video series with serious writing on issues  —  James Hamblin: A fresh perspective for health journalism  —  The Atlantic editor has accumulated a loyal following with his video series “If Our Bodies Could Talk”  —  James Hamblin keeps getting compared to Doogie Howser.
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Warner Bros. Leads $24 Million Investment in Machinima  —  Warner Bros. is building on its relationship with gaming-centric digital media firm Machinima.  —  The studio has led a $24 million financing round in the company, which also operates a YouTube network.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Vice News Launches First Live Weekly Show on YouTube  —  Samsung's Milk Video service will have exclusive 72-hour window of on-demand replays of Skype-driven ‘On the Line’  —  Vice News is launching weekly half-hour talk show “On the Line,” streamed live on YouTube each Thursday …
Discussion: Tubefilter and VideoInk
Marc Graser / Variety:
Racked Launches First Scripted Series as Vox Media Starts Dressing Up Sites with Video  —  Vox Media's tried on something new with its relaunch of fashion and beauty website Racked this month: a slate of original shows.  —  The company behind popular dot coms the Verge, Polygon …
Discussion: Tubefilter
Mark Seibel / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
#FreeAustinTice campaign kicks off for reporter missing in Syria  —  WASHINGTON — Major U.S. media organizations launched a campaign Thursday to publicize the plight of missing McClatchy contributor Austin Tice, who disappeared in Syria in August 2012.  —  Tice is thought to be still alive …
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
Reporters at the New York Times don't usually editorialize on Twitter, but James Risen has obligation to speak strongly because of his personal experiences  —  Why a Reporter's ‘Epic Rant’ on Twitter Gets No Argument Here  —  On Twitter this week, James Risen laid out his plan for the future:
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
DirecTV Finally Launches WatchESPN, Other Disney and ABC Internet-Video Services
Discussion: Multichannel News
Agence France-Presse:
Australia's Greste urges help for other jailed reporters
Discussion: TVNewser and Mashable
Jennifer Weil / WWD:
Axel Springer-owned French firm Aufeminin buys Livingly, US publisher of Zimbio, StyleBistro, and Lonny, for $25M with earnout up to $50M
Discussion: Folio, Rude Baguette and PRWeb
Martin Beck / Marketing Land:
YouTube sees 50% annual growth in views for the last three years, despite Facebook's focus on video
Discussion: Digiday and Re/code
 Earlier Picks: 
Rob Price / Business Insider:
Ashton Kutcher's A+ is now one of 50 biggest US sites, with editorial staff of 10, Bacardi and Lenovo as sponsors, and a plan to add celebrity-controlled pages
Discussion: @ajs, Thanks:@robaeprice
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Secret Media Makes Ad Blockers Useless To Display Those Sweet, Sweet Pre-Roll Video Ads
Discussion: Digiday
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Dean Baquet: NYT will retire 'system of pitching stories for the print Page 1′
Tim Baysinger / Broadcasting & Cable:
Exclusive: ABC News Launches on Xbox One
Discussion: ABC News, LostRemote, ABC News and The Wrap
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Politico's Rachel Van Dongen leaves for The Washington Post
Discussion: Washington Post and @poynter