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12:45 PM ET, March 5, 2017


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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 …
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
NRKbeta, a Norwegian tech site, requires readers to pass a quiz before commenting on some stories, to prove they've read them  —  “If everyone can agree that this is what the article says, then they have a much better basis for commenting on it."  —  Two weeks ago, NRKbeta …
Amanda Hess / New York Times:
A slew of new digital tools like PolitEcho, FlipFeed, and Read Across the Aisle aim to bring online audiences outside their political bubbles  —  As the media class struggles to understand an election result few foresaw, some have blamed a quirk of modern technology.
Discussion: Memex 1.1 and
Sources: Fox & Friends news anchor Heather Nauert has been hired as spokeswoman for the State Department  —  Nauert is second from Fox News for State public affairs post  —  Press briefings at State are set to resume next week  —  Fox News anchor Heather Nauert has been hired …
Discussion: The Hill
Pete Vernon / Columbia Journalism Review:
Q&A with newly appointed Wired editor Nicholas Thompson on returning to the magazine's radical roots  —  Upon Nicholas Thompson's return to Wired last month as editor in chief, one of his first actions was to bring together the magazine's founding team, as well as former editor Chris Anderson.
Discussion: @nbj914, Thanks:@gfififi
Bryan Curtis / The Ringer:
Food writing has replaced rock criticism in prestige as chefs and restaurants have risen in status  —  Readers are hungrier than ever for restaurant reviews, profiles of celebrity chefs, and gustatory travel writing.  But who's going to pay for it?  —  less than Jonathan Gold …
Discussion: Longreads
Michael Judge / Columbia Journalism Review:
Q&A with Floyd Abrams, the attorney who represented NYT in Pentagon Papers case, on Trump's assault on the press, anonymous sources, and free speech  —  2683 WORDS … Attorney Floyd Abrams, who represented The New York Times in the 1971 Pentagon Papers case and went on to become America's leading …
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 and @kgyp
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”
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Max Willens / Digiday:
Contributor networks are fading away from sites like Bleacher Report, HuffPo, and Forbes, as publishers pursue quality over scale
Discussion: @harrymccracken
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
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
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
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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
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