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3:25 PM ET, August 18, 2016


 Top News: 
J.K. Trotter / Gawker: announces it will shut down next week, after nearly 14 years of operation  —  After nearly fourteen years of operation, will be shutting down next week.  The decision to close Gawker comes days after Univision successfully bid $135 million for Gawker Media's six other websites …
Philip Bump / Washington Post: incubated writers who wrote with fearlessness and style, influencing broader web  —  If this is your first day reading an article on the web: Hello and welcome.  If it isn't, you should be aware that much of what you've read on the web to this point has been shaped by the style …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Univision wants Gawker Media's blogs to shore up its reach to a younger digital audience ahead of a potential IPO  —  Univision is the biggest Hispanic media company in the U.S. Why in the world does it want Gawker Media, the aggressively impudent digital publisher that sold itself in a bankruptcy auction?
Discussion: Ad Age, Recode, Media Wire Daily and Reuters
Ken White / Popehat:
Gawker's fate shows the US legal system is receptive to abuse that suppresses speech, and not just from vengeful billionaires  —  Gawker has occasionally provided quality journalism and entertainment.  That doesn't stop me from despising its amoral and repulsive ethos.
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
The New York Times closes down its NYT Now app, no longer available for download starting the week of August 29  —  In early 2014, The New York Times introduced an app called NYT Now that would provide a curated list of stories — for a lower price than a full digital subscription …
Emil Leong / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter rolls out its quality filter setting to all, letting users filter “lower-quality content” like duplicate tweets from notifications  —  We're introducing some new features that will give you more control over what you see and who you interact with on Twitter, rolling out to everyone in the coming days.
The Huffington Post:
Donald Trump's presidential campaign has produced a civil war in conservative media, which will lead to a post-election reckoning  —  “There are elements of the entertainment wing of the Republican Party that need to be dealt with.”  —  During the 1990s, no one had a run quite like The American Spectator.
Hunter Walker / Yahoo:
Trump campaign insider Jason Miller says “media bias” email blasts to the press makes journalists think twice, and Roger Stone says media criticism earns votes
Discussion: Daily Wire and @hadas_gold
New York Times:
Trump hires Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen Bannon to lead campaign in shakeup
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Trump's partnership with Steve Bannon highlights the blurred lines between journalism and media activism
Charlotte England / The Independent:
Egypt's state broadcaster ERTU suspends eight of its female hosts, ordering them to lose weight, sparking outrage among women's rights groups  —  Egypt's state broadcaster has suspended eight female television presenters because it says they are overweight.
Katie Benner / New York Times:
Twitter says it has suspended 235K accounts since February for promoting terrorism, bringing total to 360K since mid-2015  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter suspended 235,000 accounts that promoted terrorism over the last six months, as part of a continuing effort to keep people from using …
Discussion: BGR
Vicky Ward / Esquire:
Esquire reporter Vicky Ward reveals that Jared Kushner, owner of The New York Observer, asked that she pursue a retaliatory hit piece on developer Richard Mack  —  His father-in-law's bid for the White House is in shambles.  Is he the man to fix it?  —  In the spring of 2011 …
Susannah Nesmith / Columbia Journalism Review:
A second Gatehouse Media newspaper in Florida, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, takes steps to unionize with the NewsGuild as buyouts loom  —  Newsroom employees at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune took steps to unionize Wednesday, just days after journalists at a sister publication, the Lakeland Ledger …
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New York Times:
Fairfax Media's Sydney Morning Herald and The Age may stop printing on weekdays, as newspaper readership falls about 50% since 2011 in Australia
Financial Times:
Daily Telegraph owners rebuffed two potential buyers: consortium led by Richard Addis and, source says, London Evening Standard owner Evgeny Lebedev
Discussion: Guardian
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Olympics ratings weakness raises doubts about the future of live sports programming, a linchpin of mass-market advertising and broader industries
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Tim Molloy / The Wrap:
Participant Media shutting down Pivot cable TV network by the end of the year, will focus on investing in content and social impact
Discussion: The Verge and Ad Age
Elizabeth Jensen / Commentary : NPR:
As of August 23, comments on NPR's website will be disabled; in July, 419K comments were made by just 19.4K users, representing 0.06% of site's overall visitors