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11:55 AM ET, April 25, 2017


 Top News: 
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.”
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."
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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: @itsa_talia and NPR
Patrick Brzeski / Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix signs licensing deal with iQiyi, one of China's top video streaming services and a subsidiary of the country's search giant Baidu  —  The streaming giant has been attempting to negotiate greater accesss to the huge Chinese market for several years.  —  Blocked by regulators …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
To combat fake news, Google allows users to report inappropriate search suggestions, aims to improve search quality with an emphasis on authoritative content  —  Google knows it has a search quality problem.  It's been plagued since November with concerns about fake news …
Discussion: BetaNews and CNET, more at Techmeme »
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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
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
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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
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Fox & Friends anchor Heather Nauert has been hired as the State Department's spokesperson, making her the second Fox journalist to jump to State
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / WWD:
Q&A with Bloomberg Media CEO Justin B. Smith, on his media diet, print's strengths, and Twitter, which he calls the “largest general news company in the world”
Discussion: Press Gazette, Thanks:@amandabcowie