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9:10 AM ET, April 17, 2015

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Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Some Gawker editorial staff in early stages of trying to unionize  —  Why We've Decided to Organize  —  Some of us on the Gawker Media editorial staff have decided to try to unionize.  Here's a brief explanation.  —  I will say first of all that I'd prefer not to be writing this story yet …
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Peter Sterne / Capital New York:
Gawker CEO Nick Denton reacts to union talk: “Successful capitalist enterprises tend to provide good working conditions”
Discussion: @petersterne
Rem Rieder / USA Today:
The details of Engel's kidnapping story raise more difficult questions for NBC News  —  Rieder: Syria story means more trouble for NBC News  —  The last thing NBC News needs is another serious problem.  But it looks like it's got one.  —  It's bad enough that the network has to figure …
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Emily Steel / New York Times:
Vanity Fair Updates Article by NBC Reporter Engel  —  Vanity Fair on Thursday updated the account it had published by the NBC News correspondent Richard Engel about his 2012 kidnapping in Syria, stating that he had misidentified his captors.  —  An Editor's Note posted to the top of the article …
Frances Robles / New York Times:
PR agency claiming to represent the owner, now demands $10K for South Carolina shooting video, sending news organizations cease and desist letters  —  Fee to Be Charged for Video of South Carolina Shooting, Publicist Says  —  NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — The video of a North Charleston police officer shooting …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
New York Daily News continues sale talks with supermarket magnate John Catsimatidis and media magnate James Dolan, aiming for price above $150M  —  Daily News in second-round talks with Dolan, Catsimatidis  —  The sale of Mort Zuckerman's Daily News appears to be advancing as the paper meets with its suitors.
Press Association:
Operation Elveden: four journalists cleared of paying public officials  —  The Sun's Tom Wells, Neil Millard and Brandon Malinsky, and former Daily Mirror reporter Graham Brough were found not guilty of conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office  —  Four more tabloid journalists …
Philip Wen / Sydney Morning Herald:
Chinese journalist Gao Yu jailed for 7 years for leaking state secrets  —  The 71-year-old journalist was detained before the 25th anniversary of the suppression of pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square.  —  Beijing: A respected veteran Chinese journalist has been sentenced to seven years jail …
CityNews:
CBC lays off more than 200 employees, including videographers  —  The CBC is laying off more of its employees, the public broadcaster reports, adding to the growing list of layoffs earlier this year.  —  According to the Canadian Media Guild, 241 positions were eliminated.
Shaun Walker / Guardian:
Hollywood's Child 44 pulled in Russia after falling foul of culture ministry  —  Fears of censorship in Russia as Ridley Scott film about serial killer, starring Gary Oldman, withdrawn over ‘distortion of facts and interpretation of events’  —  A Hollywood film about a Soviet serial killer …
Discussion: Uatoday.tv, Featured Articles and RT
John McCarthy / The Drum:
NUJ condemns Express owner Richard Desmond's £1.3m Ukip donation  —  The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) has criticised Daily and Sunday Express owner Richard Desmond for his £1.3m Ukip donation, asserting that he is abusing his position as the owner of the newspaper titles and failing to properly pay his staff.
Discussion: Guardian, Guardian and Press Gazette
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Verizon's video service for wireless customers likely won't have top college games or pro sports, based on current deals  —  Sports Fans May Not Get What They Want With Verizon's New Video Service  —  Verizon has announced more programming for the video service it will roll out this year for its wireless customers.
Discussion: Consumerist
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Verizon Inks Internet TV Pacts with ESPN, CBS Sports and Others for College Sports
Discussion: StreetInsider.com
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Verizon offering FiOS TV packages with mix-and-match channel packs that viewers can swap out each month; plans start at $54.99  —  Verizon's New Pay TV Pitch Isn't A La Carte TV.  But It's Getting Closer.  —  People who say they hate paying for cable TV often say they only want to pay …
Bill Mickey / Folio:
Breaking Media, which runs Fashionista, Above the Law, and other niche sites, raises $1.5M  —  Breaking Media Raises $1.5 Million Round  —  Breaking Media, a network of sites for professionals in the government, legal, fashion and energy markets, raised a $1.5 million round of funding, the company announced.
 
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Adrienne LaFrance / The Atlantic Online:
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Richard Horgan / FishbowlNY:
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Discussion: The Wrap and LA Observed
Simon Owens / The Daily Dot:
Reddit moderators deserve the same kind of scrutiny we'd give to any prominent media exec or news editor
Vijaya Gadde / Washington Post:
Twitter General Counsel Vijaya Gadde admits response times to abuse have been inexcusably slow and meager, commits to balancing free speech and safety
Lucia Osborne-Crowley / Women's Agenda:
Study of international news websites finds women make up 3% to 35% of online commenters
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
WikiLeaks launches easy search interface for 30K documents and emails from Sony Pictures hack
Daniele Lepido / Bloomberg Business:
Sky Italia and telecom company Italia launch internet TV service with 150 channels, 2.5K on-demand shows and films
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John Plunkett / Guardian:
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
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Peter Kafka / Re/code:
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