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12:55 PM ET, April 25, 2017


 Top News: 
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
The Huffington Post has rebranded as HuffPost and has redesigned its site, opting for a tabloid style evocative of the New York Daily News in the 1970s  —  “The splash is really the best of our editorial voice...In thinking about who we are, this is the best reflection of it from a product perspective."
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Jimmy Wales launches Wikitribune, a crowdfunded news site that will use journalists to write and volunteers to fact check in effort to combat fake news  —  The crowd-funded news platform aims to combat fake news by combining professional journalism with volunteer fact checking: “news by the people and for the people.”
Daniel Holloway / Variety:
Bill O'Reilly speaks publicly for first time since Fox News departure, says he will host daily podcast, free until Thu., then only available to Premium Members  —  Bill O'Reilly has broken his silence following his departure last week from Fox News.  —  In his first media appearance since signing off of …
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
CPJ: technology, combined with old school censorship tactics, has resulted in more arrests and killings of journalists than CPJ has ever recorded before  —  Old-school censorship and repressive government tactics have combined with technology and social media to create a new and troubling …
Hadas Gold / @hadas_gold:
Breitbart statement: “Breitbart News is unequivocally entitled to permanent Senate Press Gallery credentials and is determined to secure them.”  —  Breitbart stment: “Breitbart News is unequivocally entitled to permanent Senate Press Gallery credentials and is determined to secure them.”
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
In its latest attempt to tackle fake news, Facebook tests displaying links to fact-checks alongside stories inside Related Articles widget  —  Facebook wants you to think about whether a headline is true and see other perspectives on the topic before you even read the article.
Robert Siegel to step down as host of NPR's All Things Considered in January 2018, after spending 40+ years working at the network  —  Robert Siegel's voice and signature reporting have been an essential part of NPR since he first arrived in Washington in 1976.
Discussion: Current, @itsa_talia and NPR
Derek Hawkins / Washington Post:
Infowars host Alex Jones is being sued by Chobani over articles and videos that falsely linked the company to child rape and a tuberculosis outbreak  —  Chobani, the maker of Greek yogurt, is suing right-wing provocateur Alex Jones, claiming he published articles and videos that falsely linked …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
In the Trump era, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow has started beating Fox News in the key 25-54 demographic which determines advertising rates  —  Fox News normally ranks #1 among cable news channels.  But lately MSNBC's Rachel Maddow has been challenging Fox at 9 p.m., the centerpiece of the prime time schedule.
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:
Journalist Kurt Eichenwald files civil suit against John Rivello, who is said to be behind a tweet with a GIF that caused Eichenwald to have a seizure  —  When journalist Kurt Eichenwald checked his Twitter account in December, he saw a flashing tweet that said “You Deserve a Seizure for Your Posts …
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Hadas Gold / Politico:
Newsroom memo: Patrick Steel, an investment banker with FBR Capital Markets & Co, named CEO of Politico; he begins May 8
Discussion: @mlcalderone
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Mark Walton / Ars Technica UK:
Google announces series of YouTuber-led “Internet Citizens” workshops in the UK designed to tackle the spread of online hate speech and fake news
The Seattle Times:
Couple charged with assault in connection with January shooting outside University of Washington speech by Milo Yiannopoulos
Discussion: The Stranger …
Columbia Journalism Review:
How Univision's investigative journalists teamed up with Story House screenwriters for a “fictionalized series” on El Chapo
Discussion: Rolling Stone
New York Daily News:
Andrea Tantaros files new federal lawsuit against Fox, alleging that the network orchestrated an online harassment campaign and hacked into her devices