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7:05 PM ET, June 18, 2015


 Top News: 
Mat Honan / BuzzFeed:
Twitter's Project Lightning will make events easier to follow for logged-in and logged-out users  —  Twitter's Top Secret Project Lightning Revealed  —  The new tool will give the company a way to show the best of Twitter to both logged-in and logged-out users on a variety of platforms.
NBC News:
Lester Holt confirmed as anchor of NBC Nightly News, Brian Williams to anchor breaking news and special reports on MSNBC  —  Lester Holt Named Anchor of “NBC Nightly News”  —  Andrew Lack, Chairman of NBC News and MSNBC, on Thursday announced that Lester Holt will be named the permanent anchor of “NBC Nightly News.”
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Arianna Huffington renews contract through 2019  —  Forget about a Huffington Post without Huffington.  —  Arianna Huffington, the web site's namesake, president and editor in chief, told staffers on Thursday that she has signed a new contract that will keep her in place through 2019.
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
Google and Storyful are launching YouTube Newswire, a feed of verified user-generated videos  —  Storyful and Google News Lab today are launching YouTube Newswire, a dedicated YouTube channel meant to serve as a resource for journalists looking for user-generated videos from around the world …
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
News Corp to cut more than 100 jobs in publishing unit and close bureaus in Prague and Helsinki  —  News Corp to Cut Jobs, Shift Resources to Digital Media  —  Some WSJ blogs and overseas bureaus to close; cuts could surpass 100  —  News Corp is carrying out a major reorganization …
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
BuzzFeed launches news app that focuses on serious reporting, notifications, and curation  —  Why BuzzFeed wanted everyone to know about its new news app — even before it launched  —  If you're reading this, then it's more likely than not that you're already aware of BuzzFeed's news app.
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Musicians like Neil Young who challenge politicians for using their songs face long legal odds  —  Don't Bet on Neil Young Beating Donald Trump in Court Just Yet  —  Here are the reasons why Young might wish to back down against the newest Republican presidential candidate.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Guardian Media Group appoints David Pemsel as chief executive  —  Former ITV marketing director, who wants to build on Guardian and Observer's international audience, succeeds Andrew Miller  —  Guardian Media Group has promoted David Pemsel to the role of chief executive.
Gideon Lewis-Kraus / Guardian:
Inside Politico's new Brussels office and how it plans to cover the EU amid competition  —  Can Politico make Brussels sexy?  —  he 27-year-old New Yorker Tara Palmeri, a former gossip columnist and the incandescent envoy of media's future to the Brussels of the past …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia nears deal to be sold to Sequential Brands Group  —  Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Nears Deal to Be Bought  —  A deal between Sequential Brands and Martha Stewart Living could be announced in the coming days, according to people familiar with the matter.
Discussion: CNBC, Deadline and @abeaujon
Gabriel Rosenberg / Columbia Journalism Review:
Experimenting with NPR's new Storytelling Lab  —  NPR is coming out of its car radio.  —  The nonprofit broadcasting giant is slated to break even for the first time in six years, according to Wired.  That progress is rooted in a combination of good fortune and good strategy—podcasts are …
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
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Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Heritage Foundation's Daily Signal contracts with correspondent Nolan Peterson to cover the Ukraine as it works to build credibility
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