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2:00 PM ET, March 30, 2017

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Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
The second largest fake news network on record is a group of at least 33 websites, including ViralMugShot.com, that largely eschew political coverage  —  Some of the sites' hits include “Father of 23 Kids Only Had Sex at Night, Because He Thought Sperm Was Sleep” and “60 KKK Members Commit Suicide …
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
Mic rolls out nine new content brands focusing on women's issues, social justice, and more; the company will hire about 35 employees as part of the expansion  —  Millennial-focused web publisher launches channels focused on social justice issues, technology and President Trump
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
Profile of former Breitbart reporter Julia Hahn, who was mentored by Steve Bannon and who now serves as a special assistant to the president  —  It was a warm August night last year when Ryan Williams, a well-connected Republican operative, went to a book party in Washington — and met a ghost.
Joe Pompeo / Politico:
Alex Pareene is leaving Gizmodo Media Group to lead a new politics team at Fusion, which will also include Hamilton Nolan and Ashley Feinberg  —  JAMES COMEY WANTED TO PUBLISH A NYT OP-ED ON RUSSIAN ELECTION MEDDLING - And he wanted to do so last summer, according to Newsweek's scoop last night …
Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas:
Two journalists, Julio Omar Gómez and Armando Arrieta Granados, survived shootings in Mexico within 24 hours this week; three others killed this month  —  In the early morning hours of March 28, journalist Julio Omar Gómez's house was set on fire in Baja California Sur …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: FCC expected to reverse UHF rule that hindered TV station owners from buying more stations, easing a potential Sinclair-Tribune Media deal and more  —  Proposal would restore ‘UHF discount’ in calculating audience share  —  WASHINGTON—Federal regulators plan to reverse an Obama-era rule …
Discussion: USA Today, @jbflint, Law360 and Fierce Cable
Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
The Believer magazine has been bought by the Black Mountain Institute at University of Nevada, and will be edited by the institute's director, Joshua Wolf Shenk  —  NEW YORK (AP) — A highly praised and proudly off-beat literary magazine, where contributors have ranged from Nick Hornby …
Discussion: @sarahw and @shansquared
Sapna Maheshwari / New York Times:
JPMorgan Chase has limited its display ads to about 5K pre-approved websites, and aims to restrict YouTube ads to a human-checked list of 1K channels  —  As of a few weeks ago, advertisements for JPMorgan Chase were appearing on about 400,000 websites a month.
Elizabeth Spiers / Washington Post:
How Jared Kushner's tenure as owner of The New York Observer could predict his success leading the newly-created Office of American Innovation  —  How the New York Observer could predict the fate of the Office of American Innovation.  —  On my first day of work as the editor in chief …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Pandora, facing continued pressure by investor Corvex to sell, has to convert some of its 81M users from free radio to its Premium $9.99/month service  —  Music streaming app is best shot to spur growth, cut losses  —  Activist Corvex with 8.8% stake urges company to weigh options
Discussion: Recode, hypebot and TechCrunch
 
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