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2:30 PM ET, August 28, 2016


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Trevor Timm / Freedom of the Press Foundation:
Questions for those cheering the demise of a media organization at the hands of a legal system  —, the pioneering and controversial media blog, officially died yesterday.  It was killed by billionaire Peter Thiel in his successful quest to bankrupt Gawker Media Group through …
Jeet Heer / New Republic:
Gawker's demise signifies the end of a golden age of blogging, done in by social media, podcasts, GIFs, and broader media consolidation  —  The demise of also marks the end of the utopian promise of blogging.  Here's what killed them.  —  For the media-savvy members of a certain generation …
Oliver Darcy / Business Insider:
The dominance of Drudge, Breitbart, Hannity, and Coulter and their Trump support have damaged Republican party, some other conservative media figures say  —  Sean Hannity, sitting comfortably in his air-conditioned New York studios on a hot August afternoon, was on a fiery rant.
Alex Koppelman / CNNMoney:
AP Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll defends the news wire's story about meetings Clinton took as secretary of state, says tweet was “sloppy”  —  Associated Press Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll is defending her organization's controversial investigation into meetings Hillary Clinton took …
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
As business challenges hit college newspapers, those owned by for-profit entities face bigger squeezes or a shutdown  —  The Central Florida Future, the student newspaper at the University of Central Florida founded in 1968, published its last issue August 4.
Discussion: The Lantern, @niemanlab and @niemanlab
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Although Hillary Clinton held no press conferences in 2016, she did 350 interviews in the first seven months of 2016, favoring national TV and local radio  —  Hillary Clinton has not held a single press conference since the start of 2016, triggering charges that she's trying to duck questions from reporters on the campaign trail.
Discussion: The Wrap and @danmericacnn
Facebook Newsroom:
Facebook will now select stories and excerpts automatically for Trending topic pages, show topics instead of story descriptions in Trending section  —  Today, we're making some changes to the Trending feature on Facebook that will make the product more automated and will no longer require people …
Sources: Facebook letting go of entire Trending Topics editorial staff, consisting of 15-18 workers contracted through a third party
Nausicaa Renner / Columbia Journalism Review:
Interview with The Coral Project's director Andrew Losowsky on the open-source tools it's developing for improving comments sections: Trust, Ask, and Talk  —  NPR last week announced its decision to shut down comments on its website in favor of comments on social media—saying “the audience itself has decided.”
Discussion: @evesamples and @cjr
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
The Verge:
Inside NBC's Olympic live streaming operation, which required a remote support staff of 1,100+ in Stamford, Connecticut  —  For NBC, this year's Olympic Games coverage was more than just a series of household rating points: it was a moment of truth in a fast-changing media world.
Lauren Zumbach / Chicago Tribune:
Amazon is opening an offline bookstore in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood next year; the online retailer opened its first store in Seattle last fall  —  Construction signs are posted Aug. 24, 2016, at 3443 N. Southport Ave., the Lakeview neighborhood location where Amazon plans to open a Chicago bookstore in 2017.
Discussion: GeekWire and Publishers Weekly
Sources: Spotify retaliates against artists who give exclusives to rivals by demoting their songs in search results and excluding tracks from promoted playlists  —  Service said to tell labels it may keep tracks off playlists  —  Apple Music emerges as largest challenge to streaming leader
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