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2:55 PM ET, March 4, 2017


 Top News: 
Columbia Journalism Review:
Study of 1.25M stories from April 2015 until the US election shows that a right-wing media network, anchored around Breitbart, altered the broader media agenda  —  The 2016 Presidential election shook the foundations of American politics.  Media reports immediately looked for external disruption …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Discussion among a Breitbart editor and other journalists shows the challenges and dangers for media covering Trump  —  It was a cross between and “The Five.”  Today at a journalism conference titled “Covering Trump” and organized by the Columbia Journalism Review …
Andrew Ross Sorkin / CNBC:
NBCUniversal invested $500M in Snap IPO as part of a strategic investment and partnership, making it the only US media company with a stake  —  NBCUniversal, a unit of Comcast and parent of CNBC, invested $500 million in Snap during its IPO as part of a strategic investment and partnership, according to sources.
Peter Kafka / Recode:
NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke's note to employees: Snap investment “builds on our strategy to drive digital growth for our business”
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Q&A with New York Times editor Jake Silverstein, on the paper's recent front-of-book redesign and how the Times sees print and digital working together  —  “One thing that's cool on this project is seeing how print and digital can be friends.”  —  New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman's tweetstorm …
Discussion: Recode, @darth and @laurahazardowen
Julia Felsenthal / Vogue:
Interviews with female White House correspondents who are navigating the new presidency, including April Ryan, Ashley Parker, and Julie Pace  —  Nailing down the truth is a reporter's fundamental task, and it's one that has proved exceptionally difficult with the current administration …
Discussion: @halliejackson
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
JetSmarter, the “Uber for private jets”, wanted to charge a Verge reporter $2K if they didn't publish a positive story about their flight after service demo  —  We've seen plenty of aggressive requests from companies that want positive coverage, but perhaps none as absurd …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Juan Thompson, who was fired from The Intercept for fabricating quotes, is arrested on suspicion of making bomb threats against eight Jewish community centers  —  Juan Thompson, who was fired from The Intercept last year for fabricating quotes, has been arrested on suspicion of making bomb threats against Jewish community centers.
Max Willens / Digiday:
Contributor networks are fading away from sites like Bleacher Report, HuffPo, and Forbes, as publishers pursue quality over scale  —  For years, the contributor network has been seen as a proven way for publishers to grow quickly and cheaply.  But that model is getting harder to prop up amid today's emphasis on quality over scale.
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Editor of Barron's Ed Finn is leaving after 24 years; Jack Otter, head of Barron's Digital, to take over as interim editor  —  Almar Latour, publisher and executive vice president of the Dow Jones Media Group, sent out the following announcement on Friday:
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Vox Media names Elena Bergeron as SB Nation's first editor in chief, says it will add employees “in the double digits” to expand sports site's newsroom  —  One of these sites is not like the other:,,,
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Sources: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin used his first senior staff meeting last month to tell his new aides he would not tolerate leaks to the news media
Andrew R. Chow / New York Times:
Bob Mankoff is stepping down from his post as the cartoon editor of The New Yorker after a 20-year run; Emma Allen will succeed him in April
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Anya Schiffrin / Columbia Journalism Review:
New report on donor influence over media finds introducing universal standards may help protect both sides
Los Angeles Downtown News:
The Los Angeles Downtown News is sold to Southland Publishing, an L.A.-based media group specializing in newsweeklies and magazines
Discussion: @laobserved
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Interview with Matt DeRienzo, who was named LION's executive director this week, on trends, business models, and making newsrooms “healthy again”
Lauren Coleman-Lochner / Bloomberg:
Barnes & Noble sees its biggest holiday-quarter decline since 2005 as it misses Q3 targets, with Nook sales down 26%; stock falls over 8%
Discussion: Reuters and Consumerist
Pew Research Center:
Pew survey: 76% of Democrats and 49% of Republicans say freedom of the press to criticize political leaders is very important
Discussion: The Guardian and Hot Air