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11:50 AM ET, March 31, 2017


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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 …
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 …
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Sources: next week, a grand jury in Manhattan will hear new testimony in a federal investigation of Fox News that had been led by Preet Bharara  —  In the months after former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes resigned last summer, it appeared that the sexual-harassment scandal that brought down the powerful Fox chief would be short-lived.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
The Independent is launching a five-person team dedicated to debunking fake news, with a heavy focus on politics  —  The Independent is launching its own team dedicated specifically to debunking fake news in its various guises.  —  The ESI Media-owned publisher, which went digital …
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