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6:10 PM ET, May 17, 2015


 Top News: 
David Cay Johnston / Al Jazeera America:
Journalists should not be labeled terrorists based on the sources vital to their reporting  —  Journalists are not terrorists  —  Reporters need freedom to do their jobs, even if it means contacting unsavory characters  —  The U.S. National Security Agency placed an Al Jazeera journalist …
Discussion: @davidcayj
Matthew Garrahan / Financial Times:
Shane Smith and Spike Jonze talk about the future of Vice while travelling for a shoot in Cuba  —  Vice goes to Cuba  —  Spike Jonze is crouched in the shade of a tree on the kerbside outside a restaurant in Guanabacoa, a dusty Havana barrio.  Sitting a few yards away from his camera …
Discussion: Capital New York
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
It's time for Google to rank paywalled news in search the same way it ranks music and movies  —  Is It Time For Google To Rank News Content Behind Paywalls Better?  —  For years, Google has suppressed the ability for paid news content to rank well in its search results.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Washington Free Beacon Editor-in-Chief claims ABC PR leaked Stephanopoulos story to Politico after Free Beacon reporter asked for comment  —  Dear ABC News PR: Tell us you didn't shaft the Washington Free Beacon  —  Every journalist lives in fear of a certain scenario: You have a news story …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:   Before Stephanopoulos recused himself from campaign debate, Republicans had already told ABC they didn't want him as moderator
Trevor Timm / Columbia Journalism Review:
The media's reaction to Seymour Hersh's bin Laden scoop has been disgraceful  —  Seymour Hersh has done the public a great service by breathing life into questions surrounding the official narrative of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.  Yet instead of trying to build off the details of his story …
James Risley / GeekWire:
Amazon's Audible hires NPR VP of programming, signaling move into original podcasting … Amazon-owned looks to be moving further into the world of podcasting with the hiring of the former vice president of programing for NPR, Eric Nuzum.  He'll be coming on as senior vice president of original content for Audible.
Discussion: and Poynter
Miguel Helft / Forbes:
Former Google PR employees now run communications at Silicon Valley companies like Facebook, Twitter, Uber, Snapchat, and Yahoo  —  As Google Spins, So Does Silicon Valley  —  Google's influence on Silicon Valley's culture and business is unmatched.  The free lunches, the shuttle buses …
Discussion: @darcyday
Joe Pinsker / The Atlantic:
Podcasting's Ubiquitous Advertisers: Why Every Show Is Brought to You by Squarespace  —  It's by now a trope of modern listening: The soothing tones of Ira Glass or Sarah Koenig subside and make way for a sponsor mentioning promotional codes for online stamps, boxes of all-natural snacks, or tools for building a website.
Clinton Foundation donors include dozens of media figures and outlets: James Murdoch, Newsmax, NBC Universal, News Corp, Carlos Slim, Thomson Reuters, and more  —  Clinton Foundation donors include dozens of media organizations, individuals  —  NBC Universal, News Corporation …
Jared Malsin / Columbia Journalism Review:
Coverage of Yemen remains sparse as journalists can't get in and poor infrastructure means information can't get out  —  Why almost no one's covering the war in Yemen  —  CAIRO — More than 1,200 people have died since Saudi Arabia and its allies launched a military operation in Yemen in March …
Discussion: @reportedly
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
Newspaper companies will continue to struggle with digital innovation without better cashflow  —  Newsonomics: Razor-thin profits are cutting into newspapers' chances at innovation  —  Editor's note: We've revised this post, in the Valuations section, to reflect today's news that Digital First Media has …
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
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