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1:40 PM ET, June 3, 2015


 Top News: 
Adrian Chen / New York Times:
Former employee on Russia's government-backed troll farm the Internet Research Agency; wreaking havoc on the Internet and now targeting the US  —  The Agency … Around 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 11 last year, Duval Arthur, director of the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness for St. Mary Parish …
Anonymous ex-Huffington Post employee says Arianna Huffington spikes stories criticising friends and advertisers
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
One of the Huffington Post's most senior editors, John Montorio, is leaving but will remain editor-at-large
Discussion: Fast Company
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Yahoo to livestream web's first NFL game on Oct. 25, pays reported $20M for free broadcast  —  Yahoo Will Stream the NFL's First Web Game, for Free  —  A couple of months ago, when the NFL announced that for the first time ever, it would show a regular season game (almost) …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Reporters complain about officials speaking off-the-record and on background but do the same when interviewed themselves  —  Why journalists need to practice what they preach  —  The next time a journalist gripes about some newsmaker's unwillingness to play ball with journalists …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
YouTube's new Music Insights tool tells artists where their songs are most popular and tracks statistics of user-uploaded content that contains their music  —  YouTube's New “Music Insights” Tell Artists Where To Tour  —  As big as billion-user YouTube is, its ad revenue sharing is not where musicians make their money.
Michael E. Miller / Washington Post:
Profile of Andrew Jennings, the UK investigative reporter who exposed FIFA corruption  —  How a curmudgeonly old reporter exposed the FIFA scandal that toppled Sepp Blatter  —  The biggest news story of the year was breaking, but the journalist responsible was fast asleep.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Tribune signs dozens of papers to its new MediaWorks advertising initiative, which offers buyers a single campaign in top 30 markets and data about subscribers  —  Tribune signs dozens of newspapers for national ‘publisher consortium’  —  Tribune Publishing is introducing an initiative …
Discussion: AdExchanger
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
The Times Should Push Back Hard on ‘Background’ Sourcing  —  The all-too-common Washington practice of “background briefings” and “background press releases” brings to mind a quip often attributed to Mark Twain: Everybody complains about the weather but nobody does anything about it.
Catalina Albeanu /
Over half of Mirror and Indy UK audience is mobile-only  —  The Daily Mirror also has the highest number of mobile-only readers in the UK, according to new figures from the the National Readership Survey PADD Mobile report  —  More than half of UK readers of the Independent and the Daily Mirror access …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Writers' Guild of Great Britain claims BBC pays writers single fee of £1,000 to produce potential scripts for soaps, wants it increased to £2,814  —  BBC ‘paying prospective scriptwriters the equivalent of £2 an hour’  —  Union chief claims writers are paid single fee …
Discussion: @catalytikino, @ellardent and @jamti
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Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Andy Coulson cleared of perjury as Scottish court case collapses
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
A digital focus led Florida's Sun Sentinel to better storytelling, fewer meetings, and more content to readers
Discussion: @kristenhare
Ben Geman / National Journal:
The New York Times, Vice News Slam Obama Administration Over FOIA Delays
Alex Kantrowitz / AdAge:
Meet the Math Wizards Who Rule the Murky World of Programmatic Buying
Discussion: AdExchanger
 Earlier Picks: 
John Otis / Committee to Protect Journalists:
Digital Venezuelan news outlets play government watchdog while traditional ones shy away from critical coverage
Sam Biddle / Gawker:
Fusion's internal traffic metrics by Chartbeat show the site continues to battle low traffic
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Union ‘whistleblower’ who sold prison stories to Daily Mirror jailed after identity disclosed to police
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Google demands movie studios comply with subpoenas in case against Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood