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3:45 PM ET, August 18, 2015


 Top News: 
NBCUniversal announces a $200M investment in BuzzFeed, will explore strategic partnerships  —  NBCUniversal And BuzzFeed Announce Strategic Investment  —  NBCUniversal and BuzzFeed today announced that NBCUniversal has agreed to make a $200M equity investment in BuzzFeed …
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan criticizes paper's Amazon story, says it needed more balance and context  —  Was Portrayal of Amazon's Brutal Workplace On Target?  —  Soon after The Times's massive takeout on the culture of Amazon's workplace ("Where overachievers go to feel bad …
Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab:
How The Skimm's passionate readership helped its newsletter grow to 1.5 million subscribers  —  To hear Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin tell it, when they launched their email newsletter The Skimm three years ago, they had no plan for creating an engaged community around it.
Discussion: @justinnxt, @mathewi and @rafat
Dylan Byers / Politico:
RCFP and a coalition of 38 news organisations call on St Louis authorities to drop charges against reporters Wesley Lowery and Ryan Reilly  —  News organizations protest Ferguson charges against reporters  —  The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and a coalition of 38 news …
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
Huffington Post, unmoved by polls, keeps Trump in celeb section  —  Donald Trump is still the Republican presidential frontrunner, the man to beat in a crowded field of hopefuls.  —  But at the Huffington Post, Trump remains no more of a legitimate candidate than Sharon Stone.
Scott Roxborough / Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix increases standard monthly subscription in Europe from €8.99 to €9.99  —  Netflix Raises Subscription Price in Europe  —  In order to “continue providing good series and films,” the streaming service increases its standard monthly subscription to just over $11.
Lara O'Reilly / Business Insider:
The web traffic for the world's biggest publishers dropped dramatically in April — and nobody can agree why  —  Many of the world's biggest and best-known online news publishers saw significant drops in traffic between March and April this year.  It appears Facebook might be a culprit in some way …
Joe Sutherland / Wikimedia blog:
Study of how Wikipedia responds to breaking news, including speed of editing, use of sources, and range of contributors based on a sample story  —  How Wikipedia responds to breaking news  —  Wikipedia is capable of covering news like any news agency.  Photo by Kai Mörk, freely licensed under CC BY 3.0 (Germany).
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
Six weeks into adoption of paywall plus pay-per-article model, Winnipeg Free Press has about 1,300 readers using system; overall web traffic is down 30%  —  Six weeks into its micropayment strategy, The Winnipeg Free Press preps for a “slow building process”  —  Fair or not, Winnipeggers have a reputation for being frugal.
Discussion: @jcstearns, Poynter and @jbenton
Latin American Herald Tribune:
Over 500 writers from around the world sign letter urging Mexico's president to end violence against press  —  Writers Call on Mexico's President to End Violence against Press  —  MEXICO CITY - A group of writers and artists from around the world, including Britain's Salman Rushdie …
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:
Meet the young, fearless lawyer behind Gawker, Heather Dietrick  —  Meet the young, fearless lawyer behind Gawker  —  Journalists confront powerful people.  When those people strike back, it's good to know a lawyer.  That's especially true at Gawker Media, which takes particular glee …
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Jasper Jackson / Guardian:
CNN International, BBC World News, CNBC didn't make clear that some shows were sponsored by NGOs, foreign governments, charities, says UK watchdog Ofcom
Raymond Snoddy / Mediatel:
New book, The BBC Today: Future Uncertain, reveals insider details behind BBC's negotiations with government over cuts
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
TV to get $10B in political ad spending during 2015-16 elections, digital to top $1B
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Paul Smalera, ideas editor at Quartz, talks about getting started in journalism, favorite tools, key skills
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 Earlier Picks: 
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
MPAA drops demand for injunction against MovieTube after Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr request to file amicus brief
Discussion: Techdirt and Variety
Frances Perraudin / Guardian:
UK-produced music videos from major labels on YouTube and Vevo will get age ratings under agreement between labels and British Board of Film Classification
Discussion: The Next Web and mirror
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
The Times-Picayune, Heroic During Hurricane Katrina, Braces For More Cuts As 10th Anniversary Nears
Discussion: Gambit and @samsteinhp