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12:55 PM ET, April 17, 2015

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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 …
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Joshua Rozenberg / Guardian:
Operation Elveden: Andy Coulson and eight other cases dropped by DPP  —  No evidence will be offered in case of nine journalists, including former editor of News of the World, facing trial over leaks from public officials  —  The director of public prosecutions is abandoning the future prosecutions …
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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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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Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
YouTube competitor Vessel raises a $57.5M Series B round led by IVP, just weeks after launch  —  Vessel raises $57.5m funding to expand its ‘first window’ for YouTube creators  —  Silicon Valley heavyweight IVP joins US startup's investors, and predicts it could be as successful as Netflix and Twitter
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 …
Ian Cobain / Guardian:
The Guardian, Times, Daily Mail and others launch legal challenge to reporting restrictions imposed on terrorism trial  —  Erol Incedal trial: media groups dispute refusal to lift reporting restrictions  —  The Guardian, Times, Daily Mail and others launch challenge to restrictions …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Times unifies its revenue strategy under Meredith Kopit Levien  —  The New York Times has elevated its top sales-side executive, Meredith Kopit Levien, to the position of chief revenue officer, unifying leadership of the company's advertising and consumer revenue strategies in a single role.
Bill Trott / Reuters:
Iraqi PM seeks more security for Reuters bureau in Baghdad  —  (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said on Thursday he had asked for more protection for the Reuters office in Baghdad after the news agency's bureau chief left the country due to threats.
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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, Press Gazette and Guardian
 
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Nate Raymond / Reuters:
Court-appointed monitor in ebooks antitrust case says Apple's cooperation has sharply declined
Shaun Walker / Guardian:
Hollywood's Child 44 pulled in Russia after falling foul of culture ministry
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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
Adrienne LaFrance / The Atlantic Online:
How NPR Tote Bags Became a Thing
Bill Mickey / Folio:
Breaking Media, which runs Fashionista, Above the Law, and other niche sites, raises $1.5M
Richard Horgan / FishbowlNY:
Layoffs Hit Hollywood Reporter, Billboard Magazine
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Simon Owens / The Daily Dot:
Reddit moderators deserve the same kind of scrutiny we'd give to any prominent media exec or news editor
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