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4:40 AM ET, March 14, 2016


 Top News: 
Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields and editor-at-large Ben Shapiro resign over site's handling of Trump controversy  —  Michelle Fields, Ben Shapiro Resign From Breitbart  —  “Today I informed the management at Breitbart News of my immediate resignation,” the reporter at the center …
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Breitbart Editor Ordered Staffers To Stop Defending Michelle Fields  —  “STOP tweeting about the story.  Stop speculating about the story,” editor-at-large Joel Pollak told Bretibart staffers in internal chats, screenshots of which were obtained by BuzzFeed News.
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Breitbart reporter files police report against Trump campaign manager
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
CBS News Reporter Sopan Deb Arrested While Covering Donald Trump Rally  —  He's charged with resisting arrest despite no evidence of doing so.  —  CBS News reporter Sopan Deb was arrested Friday night while covering protests surrounding Donald Trump's canceled rally in Chicago.
Joe Pompeo / Politico:
New York Times in talks with Atlantic's James Bennet to return in senior newsroom role  —  The New York Times has recently been trying to bring James Bennet, a former Times reporter and current editor of The Atlantic, back to the paper, POLITICO has learned from multiple sources either inside …
Discussion: @tmcgev, @nbj914 and Politico
Beau Yarbrough / L.A. Daily News:
Digital First Media makes $45.5M initial bid for OC Register and Riverside Press-Enterprise, setting bottom price for formal auction Wednesday  —  Digital First Media bids $45.5M for Orange County Register, Riverside Press-Enterprise  —  LOS ANGELES >> It'll cost at least $45.5 million …
Discussion: LA Observed, @mmmmurf and @sbcountynow
Kelly Hinchcliffe / Poynter:
Interview with BuzzFeed data editor Jeremy Singer-Vine on his newsletter, Data Is Plural  —  Meet the BuzzFeed editor whom data journalists love  —  Last fall, I started reading a newsletter by BuzzFeed data editor Jeremy Singer-Vine that combines three of my favorite things - journalism, public records and data.
Hollywood Reporter:
Kevin Spacey backs out of a plan to serve as chairman of Relativity Media after it emerges from bankruptcy; Dana Brunetti will run it with CEO Ryan Kavanaugh  —  Kevin Spacey Pulls Out of Relativity Chairman Role (Exclusive)  —  The studio, however, is moving forward with Spacey's Trigger …
Discussion: Variety, The Wrap and Vulture
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Riff service uses a Chrome extension to play reaction videos alongside Netflix content  —  Riff wants to replace YouTube for TV show reaction videos  —  YouTube is a beautifully weird world full of surprises.  It turns out there's a big community of TV show and movie reaction YouTubers out there.
Lauren Johnson / Adweek:
BuzzFeed unveils Swarm, which lets advertisers run simultaneous campaigns on its channels on Snapchat, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, more  —  BuzzFeed Launches New Ad Format to Further Monetize Its Big Social Reach  —  BuzzFeed's made a name for itself with a cross-platform distribution model …
Alexandra Steigrad / WWD:
Wired's Scott Dadich Talks Tech and How Magazines Can Adapt to the Digital World  —  Scott Dadich, the editor in chief of Wired, quietly makes his way through the glossy corridors of Condé Nast, past its art gallery to a semiprivate area with couches.
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Emily Crockett / Vox:
GenderAvenger to monitor morning and primetime cable shows until November to collect data about gender balance of commentators  —  Most election commentators are men.  This project is trying to help change that.  —  Advocates for media diversity are trying something different this election cycle …
Discussion: @voxdotcom and @carriesheffield
Advertising CEO Martin Sorrell of WPP stands to gain over £60M, or about $86M, in shares from bonus plan this week  —  Sir Martin Sorrell set to gain £60m in share scheme  —  Move means WPP founder's 2015 earnings could reach £70m and total £150m over past five years
Discussion: Financial Times
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Corey Hutchins / Columbia Journalism Review:
North Carolina's new statewide newspaper, North State Journal, draws skepticism over business viability and wariness over political connections
Discussion: @cjr
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
The Boston Globe is shutting down its Catholic vertical Crux, citing a shortfall in advertising
Discussion: @rafat, Politico and Media Nation
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