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9:00 PM ET, April 16, 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
New York Times:
NBC News alters account of correspondent Richard Engel's kidnapping in Syria in 2012, blames Sunni gang  —  NBC News Alters Account of Correspondent's Kidnapping in Syria  —  NBC News on Wednesday revised its account of the 2012 kidnapping of its chief foreign correspondent, Richard Engel …
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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 …
Discussion: USA Today, @abarnardnyt and @snarwani
Jacques Gallant / Toronto Star:
Jian Ghomeshi scandal report leads to CBC ‘severing ties’ with ex-head of radio, HR director  —  A damning independent report said management “condoned” inappropriate behaviour by disgraced former radio host Jian Ghomeshi  —  Former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi leaves a Toronto court after being charged …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
WikiLeaks launches easy search interface for 30K documents and emails from Sony Pictures hack  —  Sony Hack: WikiLeaks Publishes More Than 30,000 Documents  —  On Thursday, WikiLeaks published more than 30,000 documents and 170,000 emails from Sony Pictures, obtained from a hack …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Netflix Aims at TV, Not HBO, Says CEO Reed Hastings  —  We've heard a lot about the battle between HBO and Netflix in recent months, prompted by HBO's move to offer its own Netflix-like Web service.  —  But Netflix's boffo Q1 earnings yesterday gave CEO Reed Hastings a good chance …
Jacob Silverman / The Baffler:
As long as ads pay for journalism, sites like BuzzFeed will grapple with mixing serious journalism and brand-friendly clickbait  —  BuzzFeed Among the Brands  —  BuzzFeed's hallowed halls.  / Scott Beale, Laughing Squid  —  On the social web, all roads lead to brands, so let's start with a story of a #brand.
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The Atlantic Online:
What BuzzFeed can learn from Time, USA Today, and MTV
Lucia Osborne-Crowley / Women's Agenda:
Study of international news websites finds women make up 3% to 35% of online commenters  —  Why are women's voices missing in online news?  —  When it comes to engaging in discussion about the news online, women's voices are being excluded, according to new research from the University of Sydney.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Media ethicists say Tampa Bay Times should have alerted Secret Service to White House gyrocopter stunt  —  A Florida newspaper is along for the ride — and catches flak … If a reporter and his newspaper know in advance — months in advance, as it turns out — that a man intended to undertake …
Richard Horgan / FishbowlNY:
Layoffs Hit Hollywood Reporter, Billboard Magazine  —  While our sister publications The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard continue to experience digital growth, the titles are seeing a realignment of resources today.  FishbowlNY has learned 10 people, including four editorial staffers …
Discussion: The Wrap and LA Observed
John McDuling / Quartz:
Stock surge after strong subscriber growth pushes Netflix market cap above CBS Corp., but still far smaller than broadcast rivals owned by conglomerates  —  Netflix is now bigger than CBS  —  Netflix shares are soaring after another outstanding quarter.  And as of right now …
Discussion: Media Wire Daily
 
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Bill Mickey / Folio:
Breaking Media, which runs Fashionista, Above the Law, and other niche sites, raises $1.5M
Simon Owens / The Daily Dot:
Reddit moderators deserve the same kind of scrutiny we'd give to any prominent media exec or news editor
Daniele Lepido / Bloomberg Business:
Sky Italia and telecom company Italia launch internet TV service with 150 channels, 2.5K on-demand shows and films
Joshua Robertson / Guardian:
Brisbane citizen journalist to keep site going despite Singapore sedition charge
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Verizon Inks Internet TV Pacts with ESPN, CBS Sports and Others for College Sports
 Earlier Picks: 
John Plunkett / Guardian:
BBC World News to feature product placement in technology, sport, and travel documentaries, not in news and affairs programming
Alex Hern / Guardian:
Google apologises to newspapers over ‘nonsense’ traffic stats in EU response
Politico:
Spotify hires four lobbyists on issues like competition and licensing, as Justice Department, Congress weigh music streaming
Discussion: RAIN News and Music Week
Jessi Hempel / Wired:
Medium's Ev Williams talks about metrics, comments, and getting people to talk with each other
Discussion: @sarahcuda, Thanks:@steverubel
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg Business:
NYT Digital Leader ‘Optimistic’ About Role in Social-Media World
Discussion: Bloomberg Business and E&, Thanks:@gerryfsmith