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11:15 AM ET, April 27, 2015


 Top News: 
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
So far, NBC News finds Brian Williams embellished at least 11 times  —  A months-long internal investigation of Brian Williams by NBC News has turned up 11 instances in which the anchorman publicly embellished details of his reporting exploits, according to a person familiar with details of the probe.
Jennifer Schuessler / New York Times:
Six writers withdraw as literary hosts of PEN gala after it gives freedom of expression award to Charlie Hebdo  —  Six PEN Members Decline Gala After Award for Charlie Hebdo  —  The decision by PEN American Center to give its annual Freedom of Expression Courage award to the French satirical …
Wall Street Journal:
Katie Couric's show to play key role in Yahoo's push to grow video advertising and improve distribution of content through social media  —  Yahoo, Katie Couric Tweak the Recipe  —  It isn't about home-page traffic, they say, playing up the staying power of interviews thanks to social media
Jay Rosen / Pressthink:
WHCD is a celebration of a system of access journalism that failed to detect a phony war  —  On the deep grammar of the White House Correspondents Association Dinner  —  “The Washington press corps is like that big extended family with a terrible secret that cannot be confronted …
Evan Serpick / Baltimore City Paper:
City Paper photo editor J.M. Giordano beaten by police at Freddie Gray protest  —  City Paper Photo Editor J.M. Giordano was tackled and beaten by Baltimore City police outside of Western District headquarters last night while covering protests over the death of Freddie Gray in police custody.
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Huffington Post to launch Highline, weekly instalments of longform journalism, under ex-TNR editors Greg Veis and Rachel Morris  —  HuffPost readies to launch longform initiative  —  The Huffington Post will soon publish the first article of a new longform venture captained by two former editors …
Discussion: @poynter and @ariannahuff, Thanks:@benmullin
Brian Flynn / The Sun:
The Sun launches SecureDrop on site to allow whistleblowers to leak stories anonymously, after police hacked Sun reporters phones to identify source  —  The Sun launches Whistleblowers' Charter  —  Our SecureDrop keeps anonymous sources secure THE Sun has launched a Whistleblowers' Charter …
Eric Blattberg / Digiday:
PopSugar unveiling daily show PopSugar Rush at NewsFronts on April 30, will run on Facebook for 24 hours before hitting YouTube, PopSugar site  —  How PopSugar went from zero to 14 mil.  Facebook video views a month  —  Six months ago, women's lifestyle publisher PopSugar had a simple video strategy …
Discussion: @digiday and @choire
Hilary Lewis / Hollywood Reporter:
Webby Awards: Netflix, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Funny or Die and Vice Media Among Winners  —  The winners of the 19th annual Webby Awards were announced Monday, with Netflix, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Funny or Die and Vice Media among this year's honorees.
Discussion: The Wrap and VideoInk
Lizzie Plaugic / The Verge:
Jay Z takes to Twitter to defend Tidal, says it's “doing just fine”, declares “we are here for the long haul”, notes competitors are even richer  —  Jay Z defends Tidal in a Sunday afternoon tweetstorm  —  Jay Z officially relaunched his streaming service Tidal …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Rumor tracker Emergent has ceased updating  —  Emergent, the real-time rumor tracker founded by Poynter adjunct faculty member Craig Silverman, has gone dormant since its creator joined at BuzzFeed.  —  In an interview with Poynter, Silverman said he ceased updating Emergent after he began his new job as editor of BuzzFeed Canada.
Discussion: @stevebuttry
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