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6:00 AM ET, December 28, 2016


 Top News: 
Ken Doctor / Politico:
Washington Post CEO and Publisher Fred Ryan reaffirms the newspaper is profitable and says it's adding dozens of journalists to the newsroom in 2017  —  2016 was the year the Washington Post came of age - again.  In its audience growth, in the ambitiousness of its journalism …
April Glaser / Recode:
Journalist Jason Leopold, MIT's Ryan Shapiro sue US intel agencies including CIA and FBI for not complying with FOIA requests on Russian hacking around election  —  The CIA, FBI, Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence have failed to respond to a Freedom of Information Act request.
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Speculation mounts as to whether Trump will upend D.C. press protocols, with fears he could attempt to usurp some power from the WHCA  —  With the naming of Sean Spicer as White House press secretary, Donald J. Trump has selected a Republican Party insider and communications veteran.
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Hulu and Disney announce licensing deal that brings 50+ older Disney movies like Mulan and Pocahontas to Hulu  —  Hulu and Disney have struck a new licensing pact that gets the subscription video service exclusive subscription streaming rights to movies like “Pocahontas,” “Mulan” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”
Natt Garun / The Verge:
Facebook's Safety Check in Bangkok, Thailand falsely triggered by fake news reports about a bomb explosion, was deactivated after about an hour  —  There was no bomb scare in Thailand  —  Facebook got fooled by its own algorithm.  Today, the social network falsely activated its Safety Check feature …
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Inside Snopes' increasingly prominent fact-checking operation, which added 12 staffers a couple of years ago and saw record ~2.5M uniques the day after election  —  SAN DIEGO — The last line of defense against the torrent of half-truths, untruths and outright fakery that make up so much of …
Sapna Maheshwari / New York Times:
By focusing on online reach, advertisers face a moral dilemma: potentially funding websites that spread fake news or amplify conspiracy theories  —  Advertising on the internet has never been easier.  Data and automation increasingly allow companies large and small to reach millions of people every month …
Efe Kerem Sozeri / The Daily Dot:
Report: Turkish police detain 5 journalists who reported on leaked emails of Turkey's energy minister and issue warrants for 4 more; 153 now detained in Turkey  —  Turkish police detained five journalists and issued arrest warrants on four more who reported on the leaked emails …
Susannah Nesmith / Columbia Journalism Review:
How Tegna's TV stations fight a “sea of sameness” with experimental local news  —  Tegna's Atlanta television station, WXIA 11Alive, tried to break the local television mold last month with an investigation into a national issue: veterans denied benefits after being less …
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Nausicaa Renner / Columbia Journalism Review:
Publishers grapple with notifications, which have traffic-driving potential but lack some usage data, as news alerts become more complex
Matt Pressberg / The Wrap:
Miramax CEO Stephen Schoch is stepping down, will be replaced temporarily by Chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi
Kathianne Boniello / New York Post:
Life coach Madalina Iacob sues Gothamist over allegations posted in its comments section, claiming she was a sex worker
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Trump supporters and conservative pundits like Rush Limbaugh are using the term “fake news” to discredit reports from the mainstream press
Agence France-Presse:
Pakistan's Defence Minister Khawaja Asif tweeted a nuke threat to Israel, in response to a fake news story about Israel threatening to destroy Pakistan