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2:15 PM ET, March 19, 2015

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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Facing a 24% decline in prime-time ratings year-to-date, MSNBC shakeup to focus more on news  —  As ratings plunge, MSNBC faces shakeup  —  Insiders say to expect more news, less bombast and, fresh voices.  —  It would be hard to imagine a news event better tailored to MSNBC's Venn diagram of …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Prison company says Mother Jones reporter was ‘never transparent’ about line of work  —  The Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) is lashing back at Mother Jones magazine after a reporter for the lefty publication resigned from his position at a Louisiana correctional facility.
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One Mother Jones staffer arrested for trespassing near private La prison; second MoJo staffer worked at facility for 3 months, quit after colleague's arrest
David Folkenflik / NPR.org:
NPR Appoints Michael Oreskes As News Chief  —  NPR has named Michael Oreskes, a top Associated Press executive and former New York Times editor who has led newsrooms in such global centers as New York, Washington and Paris, to run its news division.  —  Officially, Oreskes …
Michael Pascoe / Sydney Morning Herald:
With its APN buy, is Rupert Murdoch's News Corp tuning in to radio?  —  Because his father controls the company with a voting gerrymander that would have made Joh Bjelke-Petersen blush, Lachlan Murdoch was made non-executive co-chairman of News Corp a year ago.  —  On Thursday he did something, buying 14.9 per cent of APN.
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Lucia Moses / Digiday:
The New Republic to announce content marketing veteran Kayvan Salmanpour as chief revenue officer in native push  —  The New Republic's comeback plan: native ads  —  The New Republic CEO Guy Vidra has called for massive changes at the 100-year-old institution, contributing …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Inside the Guardian's search for a new editor in chief in advance of Friday's announcement  —  Guardian game of thrones  —  Guardian journalists are bracing for a Friday announcement that will be a major victory for one of two long-standing opponents.  —  The three-month contest …
Ina Fried / Re/code:
StoryCorps, the project that preserves oral histories in US, uses $1M TED prize to release app and expand globally  —  StoryCorps Using $1 Million TED Prize to Become an App and Go Global  —  For the past decade, StoryCorps has amassed more than 65,000 recordings of ordinary individuals interviewing …
Nicole Levy / Capital New York:
Refinery29 hiring politics, tech reporters in general-interest news push  —  Refinery29 doesn't want you to think of it as a website devoted exclusively to fashion and style anymore.  —  The digital media site is adding to its editorial staff, with new hires covering politics, culture and technology.
Leo Mirani / Quartz:
Buzzfeed's tasteless humor makes it an unlikely hero for free speech in India  —  In February, Buzzfeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith sat down with Barack Obama and asked him about important things.  This month, in Britain, Buzzfeed UK's politics editor Jim Waterson interviewed David Cameron about the coming general election.
Heather Timmons / Quartz:
India wants to train thousands of journalists in government propaganda, just like China  —  “Isn't this great?”  Basketball player Yao Ming at a government-run press conference.  (Reuters/China Daily)  —  The Narendra Modi administration plans to spend Rs200 crore ($32 million) …
Associated Press:
Two Myanmar Post journalists sentenced to two months in prison for defamatory quote  —  Myanmar court jails 2 journalists for defamation  —  YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A Myanmar court sentenced two reporters to two months in prison on charges of defamation, in the latest ruling that raises concerns …
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Ethical questions rise after The Jinx's filmakers wait six months to contact authorities  —  Durst murder case: When should the media go to the police?  —  NEW YORK (AP) — It was a filmmaker, not police, who uncovered a crucial piece of evidence in the murder case against Manhattan real estate millionaire Robert Durst.
 
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Reuters:
Egyptian court adjourns trial of Al Jazeera journalists to March 25
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In the Balkans, Whistle-Blowing News Outlets Struggle to Survive
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