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7:05 AM ET, May 31, 2016


 Top News: 
Matthew Jaffe / CNN:
Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says Edward Snowden performed a public service by whistleblowing but what he did was illegal and harmed U.S. interests  —  The Axe Files, featuring David Axelrod, is a podcast distributed by CNN and produced at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics.
Liam Corcoran / NewsWhip:
Facebook likes for web content fell 55%, shares declined 57%, comments down 63% between July 2015 and April 2016, NewsWhip analysis of top 10 publishers shows  —  We look at the decline in Facebook engagements for major Facebook publishers over the last 12 months, and compare it to the rise of Facebook video.
New York Times:
Source: Gawker Media faces five defamation-related suits in addition to Hogan's privacy lawsuit; by comparison, The New York Times is facing two libel cases  —  Gawker Media's legal battle with Hulk Hogan over the publication of a sex tape has had wide-ranging impact.
Frederic Filloux / Monday Note:
The top 5 things news publishers can learn from game publishers: monetization, design process, testing, metrics, introduction of one-click payment for content  —  News publishers have a lot to learn from the gaming industry.  Especially when it comes to testing and promoting apps.
H.G. Watson / J-Source:
Transcontinental sells 13 Saskatchewan newspapers and announces layoffs  —  Transcontinental has sold all of its Saskatchewan local newspapers and laid off 35 people from all levels of the company and 30 more from its Saskatoon printing facility.  —  Effective May 30, the Montreal based …
Agence France-Presse:
New photo emerges of Japanese journalist Jumpei Yasuda, missing in Syria, with sign saying “last chance”  —  Tokyo (AFP) - A fresh photo of a Japanese journalist who went missing in Syria last year has emerged online, showing the heavily bearded man holding a sign saying this is his “last chance”.
Discussion: Japan Times, Newser, Reuters and Mashable
Interview with Poynter VP and media ethicist on how to address critics and why “we stand by our story” must be replaced with point-by-point rebuttals  —  There's a now-famous scene from “All the President's Men” in which Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, in the midst of the Watergate scandal …
Richard Ackland / Guardian:
Long-running Australian defamation lawsuit could erode confidentiality of reporters' sources  —  The right of journalists to protect their sources is being assaulted by the courts, where many judges have long held a sniffy antipathy towards the media  —  here's a wonderful cartoon by the Australian artist Jenny Coopes.
Discussion: @lisavisentin
Jack Murtha / Columbia Journalism Review:
How fake news sites frequently trick big-time journalists  —  It would've been one hell of a story.  Early this month, “news” surfaced that Michael Jordan—yes, the Michael Jordan—had threatened to move his NBA team, the Charlotte Hornets, from North Carolina unless the state repealed …
Abid Rahman / Hollywood Reporter:
In statement, Katie Couric expresses regret for misleading pause in Under the Gun documentary and posts transcript of interview  —  Gun rights activists took issue with the selective editing on ‘Under the Gun’ which aired on Epix, May 14.  —  Katie Couric released a statement Monday saying she regrets the …
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Andrew Higgins / New York Times:
Finnish journalist Jessikka Aro faces retaliatory campaign online after reporting about Russia's “troll army”
Howard W French / Guardian:
Former New York Times reporter recounts his experience as black journalist and the racial inequality in media coverage, the newsroom during his 30 years
 Earlier Picks: 
Nic Christensen / Mumbrella:
60 Minutes Australia founding producer Gerald Stone on botched Lebanon kidnapping story: “greatest misadventure in 37 years”, sacking producer Rice was “unfair”
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Washington Post creates progressive web app that loads pages in 80 milliseconds
Discussion: @robinmacnab and @jimbrady