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2:50 PM ET, March 31, 2017


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Aaron Hicklin / Out Magazine:
Profile of Lydia Polgreen, the new Huffington Post editor whose background as a queer black woman of limited means makes her a refreshing presence in journalism  —  The last time Lydia Polgreen felt boredom — real boredom, the soul-crushing kind — she was 21 and working for a company …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Two journalists who believe they are on the so-called “kill list” of individuals targeted by the US for deadly drone strikes are suing Trump  —  Two journalists who believe they are on the so-called “kill list” of individuals targeted by the U.S. for deadly drone strikes …
Rick Rojas / New York Times:
Behind the scenes at The Montclair Local, the new New Jersey weekly that sparked an old-fashioned newspaper war with The Montclair Times upon its launch  —  MONTCLAIR, N.J. — In a newsroom wedged into a storefront here, reporters worked on stories about the contentious issues driving …
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
NBC News and MSNBC confirm that they will host their annual after-party following the White House Correspondents' Association dinner  —  The White House Correspondents' Dinner, bruised by President Donald Trump's boycott, will at least have one good after-party this year: from NBC News and MSNBC.
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Mike Janssen / Current:
Virginia's Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Corp. will receive $181M for the sale of two TV stations in the FCC spectrum auction  —  Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Corp. in Richmond, Va., will receive $181 million for the sale of two Virginia TV stations in the FCC spectrum auction, the broadcaster announced Thursday.
Corey Hutchins / Columbia Journalism Review:
Q&A with Kirk Siegler, a reporter on NPR's national desk who covers America's “urban-rural divide,” a relatively new beat for the news organization  —  NOT LONG AFTER THE 2016 ELECTIONS, Kirk Siegler—a reporter on NPR's national desk—traveled from his home in Los Angeles to Orofino …
David Pierce / Wired:
After almost a year of broadcasting, business news startup Cheddar gets up to 1M live views per day across all platfroms including Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo  —  As a dozen members of the production team at Cheddar, a startup internet TV company, settle into their cramped control room …
Catherine V. Moore / Columbia Journalism Review:
West Virginia governor Jim Justice's proposal to cut $4.6M from public TV threatens existence of WVPB, the only source of news that reaches all 55 counties  —  A topographic map of West Virginia from 1888.  The state maintains 27 transmitters in order to reach every wrinkle between its hills.
Brian Barrett / Wired:
Pornhub, with its 75M daily visitors, and its sister site, YouPorn, will enable HTTPS by default on April 4 for all users  —  As the internet continues to limp toward better security, sites have increasingly embraced HTTPS encryption.  You've seen it around, including here on WIRED …
Sources: Verizon plans to start selling a live online TV package with dozens of channels this summer, separate from go90  —  Verizon Communications Inc. has been securing streaming rights from television network owners in preparation for the nationwide launch of a live online TV service, according to people familiar with the matter.
Nate Rau / The Tennessean:
RIAA report: streaming music in 2016 grew 68% YoY to bring in 51% of total revenues in music market, as total retail sales hit $7.7B, up 11.4% YoY  —  The U.S. music industry, which was beguiled two decades ago when online music service Napster invaded college campuses …
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