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12:55 PM ET, July 28, 2015


 Top News: 
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
New York magazine confirms outage was result of cyber attack  —  In a statement to Poynter Tuesday morning, New York magazine gave credence to a hacker's claim that its website was taken down by a pseudonymous assailant known as “ThreatKing.”  —  “We believe the outage was the result …
Madeline Welsh / Nieman Lab:
How New York magazine used Instagram and Tumblr to promote and share its Bill Cosby story after a DDoS attack  —  So a hacker brought down your news site.  Now what?  New York magazine found out today  —  So let's say you're a New York-based publication which has just published the words …
Gus Lubin / Tech Insider:
Business Insider launches new tech site, Tech Insider, with original reporting by 30+ journalists on tech, science, innovation, culture  —  Welcome to Tech Insider!  —  There has never been a better time to be alive.  —  Contrary to what you might have heard, people are healthier, safer, happier, and smarter than ever.
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Caity Weaver takes the Gawker buyout  —  Caity Weaver became the latest Gawker Media staffer to accept a buyout from the company Tuesday, announcing her departure on Twitter. … According to KnowYourMeme, “Bye Felicia” is a dismissive farewell that has its origins in the 1995 comedy “Friday.”
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
White House considered Jon Stewart so influential, it arranged secret meetings between the TV host and Obama  —  Jon Stewart's secret White House visits  —  Obama, aides took unusual steps to cultivate ‘Daily Show’ comic  —  Jon Stewart slipped unnoticed into the White House in the midst …
Felix Salmon / Fusion:
Unlike science, journalism lacks a system of peer review to verify articles and research  —  Why you can't trust journalism  —  Everyone wants one thing: your clicks (and retweets, and likes, and citations).  Most writers sincerely want the truth too.  Sadly the two are not always compatible.
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
New site The Seventy Four plans to use advocacy journalism to cover education; $4M budget funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, Walton Family Foundation, others  —  Can Campbell Brown's education news site walk the advocacy-journalism tightrope?  —  The newcomer to education news outlets …
Rachel Raudenbush / Digiday:
Ask a Millennial: What are the challenges of being an intern in publishing?  —  This is Ask a Millennial, where we ask a focus group of under-30 publishing employees one question, and trade anonymity for candor.  If you've got a story to share, please contact me.
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
A former journalist created a site to help journalists find experts  —  Stavros Rougas and Ebrahim Ashrafizadeh created a site a few years ago to help journalists find academic experts.  Originally called Media Spot Me, the site is now Expertise Finder.  —  I spoke with Rougas …
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
Alex Blumberg, CEO of Gimlet, talks about his business model, podcasts, memberships, and more  —  Gimlet wants to become the “HBO of podcasting” — here's what its founder's learned trying to get there  —  Last summer, radio reporter Alex Blumberg made a decision that, by his own admission, was “crazy.”
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