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4:00 PM ET, March 5, 2017


 Top News: 
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 …
Adrianne Jeffries / The Outline:
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
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
How an image of Chuck Schumer and Putin made it from Reddit to Trump's Twitter account in less than 24 hours  —  Twenty hours.  That's about how long it took for a picture to make its way from the depths of Reddit to the Twitter account of the president of the United States.
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
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
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 …
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
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: @kgyp and @halliejackson
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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
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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
Discussion: Adweek