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4:50 AM ET, March 16, 2016


 Top News: 
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Instagram to begin testing an algorithm-based personalized feed for users, moving away from reverse chronological order  —  Instagram May Change Your Feed, Personalizing It With an Algorithm  —  For years, we have been trained to view web postings from our friends in a certain order.
Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
After an article on the legislative record of Bernie Sanders was widely shared, The New York Times made significant edits to make it less flattering  —  How the ‘New York Times’ Sandbagged Bernie Sanders  —  Online, we see both faces of the Gray Lady  —  The New York Times ran a piece …
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Breitbart sends ‘cease and desist’ letters to former staffers  —  Breitbart is getting litigious.  —  The company sent out cease and desist letters to some of the employees who left the company in the past week, multiple sources with knowledge of the letters told POLITICO.
Sources: Trump campaign manager that allegedly assaulted Breitbart staffer was subject of previous complaints about inappropriate behaviour towards journalists
New York Times:
Analysis shows Trump has earned close to $2B in free media, yet spent less than any other major candidate on advertising  —  Measuring Donald Trump's Mammoth Advantage in Free Media  —  Of all the ways Donald Trump has shocked the political system, one of the most significant is how he wins primary …
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Snapchat Hires Longtime Pandora Exec Tom Conrad as VP of Product  —  Snapchat has hired longtime Pandora executive Tom Conrad as its new VP of Product.  —  Conrad spent a decade at Pandora and was running product and also serving as the company's CTO by the time he left back in 2014.
Discussion: Forbes and Variety
Katie Zhu / Medium's The Story:
Medium updates iOS and Android apps to add topic- and theme-based collections, curated by trusted human testers  —  Collections: Curating a More Browsable Medium  —  There's so many great stories published every day on Medium—it's hard to keep up.  We're building a platform for authors …
Astha Rajvanshi / Columbia Journalism Review:
How use of open-source intel in reporting on human rights crises can risk sources' lives  —  In human rights reporting, the perils of too much information  —  Editor's Note: This post was produced as part of a graduate course on media writing and storytelling taught by the editors of Columbia Journalism Review.
Ece Toksabay / Reuters:
Turkey arrests three academics on ‘terrorist propaganda’ charges  —  Turkish authorities arrested three academics on charges of “terrorist propaganda” on Tuesday after they publicly read out a declaration reiterating a call to end security operations in the mainly Kurdish southeast.
Emily Jane Fox / Vanity Fair:
Apple News now lets publishers of all sizes edit and deliver their stories in the Apple News format, improves statistics dashboard, and launches ad campaign  —  Apple Just Opened Up Its News App In a Big Way  —  Apple will now let individuals and independent publishers deliver content through its native news platform.
Daniel Holloway / Variety:
Dish Sues NBCUniversal as Carriage Dispute Escalates  —  Dish Network has filed suit against NBCUniversal, the latest step in a rapidly escalating dispute over a new carriage agreement between the two companies.  —  In a suit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Illinois …
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Jessica Davies / Digiday:
Trinity Mirror plans to monetize its mobile audience through in-app ad formats, faster running sites, and location-based ads
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Taylor Swift Videos More Popular Than Most Network TV, Nielsen Numbers Show
Discussion: Complex
Jasper Jackson / Guardian:
BBC tightens conflict of interest rules for senior executives after Alan Yentob row
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
New York Times changes policy on stories based on anonymous sources, which must now be approved by one of three top editors
 Earlier Picks: 
Hilary Milnes / Digiday:
British Vogue tests breaking fashion news alerts on WhatsApp
Discussion: The Drum and @ninatypewriter
Kyle Chayka / Racked:
A profile of Kinfolk, one of the last print lifestyle magazines, and an interview with Nathan Williams, its editor-in-chief
Joe Pompeo / Politico:
At SXSW, New York Times Co. CEO Mark Thompson predicts VR could generate “significant revenue” for the paper with the right partners
Discussion: FishbowlNY and @joepompeo