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3:15 PM ET, February 26, 2017


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Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
President Trump says he will not attend White House Correspondents' Association Dinner this year; WHCA president says the dinner will still go ahead on April 29  —  Donald Trump on Saturday capped a week of tumultuous relations with the press by saying he will not attend …
Annie Karni / Politico:
Sources: Sean Spicer warns staff against leaking to media in a meeting that included a check of phones, saying apps like Confide and Signal violate Records Act  —  The push includes random phone checks overseen by White House lawyers.  —  Press Secretary Sean Spicer is cracking …
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Sources: Trump administration got senior members of intelligence community and Congress to call news outlets to challenge stories about Trump's ties to Russia  —  The Trump administration has enlisted senior members of the intelligence community and Congress in efforts to counter news stories …
New York Times:
A frustrated Trump, used to controlling media with strategic tabloid leaks, ramps up attacks on an entrenched White House press corps and broader media  —  WASHINGTON — The White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, has taken to slapping journalists who write unflattering stories with an epithet …
Kurdish reporter Shifa Gardi killed in Iraq  —  (CNN)A reporter and anchor for an Iraqi Kurdish TV station was killed Saturday while working on the front lines as Iraqi forces battle ISIS for the city of Mosul.  —  Shifa Gardi, 30, a beloved journalist in a male-dominated profession …
Spiegel Online:
Documents show Germany's foreign intelligence agency, the BND, spied on the phones, faxes, and emails of foreign journalists over several years  —  Germany's foreign intelligence agency, the BND, apparently spied on large numbers of foreign journalists overseas over the course of several years …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Interview with Mashable CCO on how beats, quality over quantity, and focus have increased unique views by 78% YoY and video views by 452% YoY to 320M/month  —  Last year, Mashable laid off about two-dozen employees, cutting its politics and international reporters in a push for more video.
Max Cea / Salon:
How an emphasis on web traffic and the recent departure of two music critics have affected The New York Times' dwindling jazz coverage  —  What changes in music coverage at The New York Times mean for jazz  —  Given the typical adversarial rendering of critics by artists — pedantic …
Boris Kachka / Vulture:
Exploring why New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood was fired after a management search of his work email  —  Charles Isherwood woke up on the morning of February 3 with one of the best jobs in the country: second-string theater critic for the New York Times.
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Twitter opens up Periscope Producer to all users; the service lets broadcasters incorporate live video from sources other than their mobile device  —  After four months of being slowly released, Twitter announced that its Periscope Producer service is now available to everyone …
Discussion: @periscopehelp and Digital Trends
Lyz Lenz / Columbia Journalism Review:
Profile of Texas Monthly's Pamela Colloff, whose true crime stories, oral histories, political profiles have earned her a reputation as a virtuoso of longform  —  Unemployed college graduate Pamela Colloff and her friend Margaret Brown in 1994 set off from New York on a road trip in a rusty Volvo with no real destination in mind.
Discussion: @prempanicker
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