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8:30 AM ET, May 30, 2017

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 Top News: 
Mike Allen / Axios:
White House Communications Director Mike Dubke to leave after tendering his resignation May 18, having served just three months  —  Mike Dubke, President Trump's communications director, is leaving the White House — the start of a wave of changes as the West Wing struggles to cope with burgeoning scandals and a stalled agenda.
Timothy Burke / Deadspin:
Denver Post sports columnist Terry Frei has been fired after offensive tweet about Indy 500 winner  —  A hail-mary apology couldn't save former ESPN and, now, former Denver Post columnist Terry Frei after the seven-time state sportswriter of the year tweeted his disapproval of Japanese driver Takuma Sato winning yesterday's Indy 500.
Nicholas Vinocur / Politico:
Standing next to Putin, new French President Emmanuel Macron labels Russian-backed media outlets RT and Sputnik “propaganda” that spread falsehoods  —  French and Russian presidents met in Versailles.  —  PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday called Russian state …
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Bill Simmons is moving the Ringer from Medium to Vox, and will maintain ownership but split ad revenue as site becomes part of Vox's brand portfolio  —  Revenue from ad sales to be split between the two companies  —  Bill Simmons is taking another step on his winding path through the annals of sports journalism.
Washington Post:
Frank Deford, legendary sportswriter and commentator, has died at 78  —  The longtime Sports Illustrated writer got his start at the magazine in 1962, but over his career there wasn't a medium that he didn't plunge into.  The author of more than a dozen books also made his mark on TV and radio with his booming, gruff voice.
Daniel Oberhaus / Motherboard:
Study: after switching exclusively to HTTPS, Wikipedia saw fewer instances of government censorship  —  Harvard researchers found fewer instances of Wikipedia censorship after the site started encrypting all of its traffic.  —  “Knowledge is power,” as the old saying goes …
Discussion: cyber.harvard.edu and @niemanlab
Jacqueline Williams / New York Times:
Bidding war for Fairfax Media driven by real estate boom in Sydney and Melbourne, with digital revenue at Fairfax's Domain up 15% in 6 months ending in December  —  SYDNEY, Australia — Wall Street has started a bidding war for Fairfax Media, an Australian company best known for the dowdy business of publishing newspapers.
Discussion: @damiencave, @paul_karp and @divyanie
The Guardian:
Ecuador's journalists hope new president, Lenin Moreno, adopts more tolerant approach to the press, after recent increased censorship by his predecessor  —  President Lenin Moreno, sworn in earlier this month, is said to be more tolerant of press freedom than his predecessor - and change cannot come soon enough
Caroline Scott / Journalism.co.uk:
The Washington Post is using augmented reality to let audiences explore iconic buildings with their iPhone  —  The publisher is expanding its augmented reality offering with a new series  —  Following the success of its first augmented reality (AR) initiative, which provided a visual account …
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Over two dozen EU publishers ask regulators to rethink a proposed law that would require an opt-in or opt-out for cookie tracking within browsers and apps  —  Warning that new regulations will give Google, Apple and Facebook too much control of advertising and personal data
 
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Dan Bolles / Seven Days:
Interview with Cole Bolton, the editor in chief of The Onion, on the challenges of writing satire in the age of Trump and more
Jessica Rovello / MediaShift:
Trends from NewFronts: publishers defecting from YouTube, embracing interactive formats, while premium publishers are using their credibility as a selling point
Catalina Albeanu / Journalism.co.uk:
Irish Times Abroad, funded as a two-year project by the Google Digital News Initiative, now has 24K members after launching at the end of 2016
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
FT says that each post on WhatsApp drives a comparable amount of traffic as a post on FT's Twitter account, while 80% of readers via the app are non-subscribers
 Earlier Picks: 
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
Discussion: HeraldScotland and dailyrecord
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%
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
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
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
Discussion: Softpedia News