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12:10 PM ET, April 9, 2017


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Peter Sterne / Politico:
How Bill O'Reilly became the latest target for Angelo Carusone of Media Matters through pressure on advertisers  —  Angelo Carusone is targeting Fox News' biggest star with a plan he used on Beck and Limbaugh.  —  Angelo Carusone thinks Bill O'Reilly's days at Fox News are numbered.
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
AP report details best practices and challenges of automating reporting on earnings reports and minor-league baseball coverage  —  In 2014, the Associated Press began automating some of its coverage of corporate earnings reports.  Instead of having humans cover the basic finance stories …
Discussion: Insights and @whatthebit
Naomi Martin / Dallas Morning News:
Conservative commentator Tomi Lahren sues Glenn Beck and TheBlaze for wrongful termination, claims her Facebook page is not TheBlaze's property  —  Tomi Lahren, the young incendiary conservative commentator, is suing her former boss, Glenn Beck and his media firm, The Blaze, for wrongful termination involving her pro-choice comments.
Phil Cox / The Guardian:
Filmmaker Phil Cox recounts being kidnapped, tortured, and thrown in jail in Sudan  —  But this time, the Sudanese government put a price on his head  —  n the early morning of 24 December 2016, my friend Daoud and I lay side by side on a blanket, our legs chained at the ankles, secured with heavy padlocks.
Discussion: Channel 4 News
Hamilton Nolan / Fusion:
Looking at the term “independent media” and the influence of money: true financial independence is almost impossible to find  —  Not so long ago, Nick Denton used to boast that Gawker Media was the last true beachhead of “independent media” in America.  How quickly things change.
Discussion: @ilaon
Adam Ragusea / Columbia Journalism Review:
When colleges and local governments hold public media licenses, editorial integrity can be precarious  —  Former WUTC reporter Jacqui Helbert.  Photo by Megan Hollenbeck.  —  I ALWAYS CHUCKLE WHEN PEOPLE ALLEGE corporate sponsors or major donors are compromising the editorial integrity of American public broadcasting.
Discussion: @aragusea, Nashville Scene and Current
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook adds new features to Instant Articles to encourage email sign-ups and Page Likes  —  Facebook today rolled out an improvement to its Instant Articles feature that now lets publishers include call-to-action units in their articles to better connect with readers, including those that encourage email sign-ups and Page Likes.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Q&A with MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Trump's taxes, interviewing White House officials, and the rigors of news coverage under the new president  —  Since Jan. 20, Washington has received ample indication that nothing is the same anymore.  There's been a press briefing merely to berate …
Alexander Russo / Phi Delta Kappan:
Reporters say they are frustrated by a lack of access to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos  —  Access, responsiveness, and calendar notifications are all at issue  —  As of early April, journalists' access to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos - and to timely responses from the agency she now runs …
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
SEC filing: CBS chairman and CEO Les Moonves received $69.6M compensation in 2016, up 22.5% over 2015  —  The filing also disclosed that Sumner Redstone would leave his voting role on the CBS board as of the annual shareholder meeting in May.  —  CBS Corp. chairman, president …
James Warren / Poynter:
Q&A with Ron Fournier, who covered the Clintons, George W. Bush, and Obama, on moving from DC to Crain's Detroit Business and on the ravaging of local media  —  Yes, you can go home.  —  If you labor in the self-regarding echo chamber of Washington, D.C., leaving can be difficult.
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Tony Romm / Recode:
Source: Internet Association, which represents Facebook, Google, Twitter, others, will meet with FCC's Ajit Pai next week to discuss net neutrality rule changes
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Department of Homeland Security has withdrawn its order to unmask @ALT_uscis Twitter account that criticized Trump, prompting Twitter to drop its lawsuit
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