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8:45 PM ET, May 28, 2017


 Top News: 
Paul Hutcheon / Herald Scotland:
At least 5 Scottish police officers face misconduct investigation after probe into misuse of Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act to find journalists sources  —  AT least five police officers are facing a misconduct investigation after an independent probe into the journalist spying scandal came to a close.
Discussion: dailyrecord
Mike Allen / Axios:
Sources: White House plans to diminish the role of on-camera daily briefings  —  On Day 129 (and the beginning of the 19th full week), the next phase of Trump's presidency is becoming clear.  —  Facing political and legal jeopardy, he follows his instincts and runs the government even more like a campaign …
Emily Bell / The Guardian:
The New York Times' coverage of the Manchester bombing illustrates the differences between US and UK reporting cultures  —  When it comes to making decisions about national security coverage, US journalism follows a different set of priorities  —  he New York Times last week attracted controversy …
Discussion: New York Times and @sarahludford
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / WWD:
Traffic to women's magazines over past year as they go digital: Vogue up 25.6%, Teen Vogue up 176%, W nearly doubled, Glamour down 1.6%, Allure up 53%  —  The most recent comScore data provides a snapshot of the transition to digital.  —  Legacy media is in a transitional moment …
Tom Grubisich / Street Fight:
Borrell report details how local media organizations can prosper in the age of Facebook and Google, says publishers and advertisers need to collaborate  —  Content is king.  But newspapers especially should heed the lament of Shakespeare's King Henry IV: “Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.”
Eric Knecht / Reuters:
Egypt blocks financial newspaper Al-Boursa and its sister publication, English-language Daily News Egypt, less than a week after blocking 21 other news sites  —  Egypt has blocked the website of one of its most prominent financial newspapers, the paper's owner said on Sunday …
Andrea Wenzel / Columbia Journalism Review:
Profile of Curious City, a radio series creating stories from listener questions, and the offline strategy it's using to expand its demographics  —  A Curious City journalist interviews a community member in Chinatown, Chicago.  Photo courtesy of Bill Healy/WBEZ.
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
The four key elements of a successful fake news story: emotional appeal, veneer of authority, effective insertion point, and an amplification network  —  Plus: The faces of a Russian botnet, an alt-right newsletter to subscribe to, and “falsehoods in a forest of facts.”
Discussion: Softpedia News and Forbes
Robert Levine / Billboard:
Spotify settles class action suit filed by a group of songwriters over mechanical rights, to set up $43.4M fund as compensation for unpaid royalties  —  Spotify has reached a settlement with a group of songwriters who had sued for copyright infringement, eliminating an potential complication …
Tina Nguyen / Vanity Fair:
Breitbart ranked #281 in May according to Alexa, down from #45 in January, while ComScore says the site had 10.7M uniques in April, down from 23M in November  —  A media business based on attack has been much less successful when forced to defend.  —  With its former chairman Steve Bannon …
Max Willens / Digiday:
Behind the Village Voice website redesign and an effort to increase its $50/year subscriptions  —  The Village Voice wants to sell subscriptions.  About 18 months after it changed hands, the alt weekly unveiled a new website this week that supports a broader range of digital ad units …
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Montana TV station KECI, about to be acquired by Sinclair Broadcast, apologizes for not airing audio of alleged assault on Guardian's Ben Jacobs  —  A local television station in Montana on Friday apologized for not airing audio of Republican congressman-elect Greg Gianforte's alleged assault on a reporter for The Guardian, Ben Jacobs.
Aaron Rupar / ThinkProgress:
Texas Governor Greg Abbott jokes about shooting reporters a day after a number of Republicans defended Greg Gianforte's assault of a journalist
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Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
Nuzzel launches Nuzzel Pro, with no ads, keyword filtering, and dark mode, for $10/month or $100/year
Discussion: @refsrc and @martinsfp
Sources: DirecTV Now lost 3K customers in February while growth in March was roughly flat
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Matthew Zeitlin / BuzzFeed:
Reporters mourn the passing of a not-so-secret username and password for the Wall Street Journal paywall, media/media
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
Megan Liberman, editor-in-chief of Yahoo News, says she is leaving the company after the Verizon merger
Discussion: The Wrap and Deadline
Marc Schneider / Billboard:
Tidal confirms the departure of CEO Jeff Toig; source says he exited in March
The FOIA Project:
FOIA lawsuits reach 25-year high in April with 63 recorded and are expected to be higher in May