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7:35 PM ET, June 17, 2017


 Top News: 
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Alex Jones scooping Megyn Kelly proves, once again, that the mainstream media is not prepared to cover pro-Trump trolls  —  Thursday evening, Alex Jones dropped a bomb on Twitter.  After a week of roiling controversy surrounding the conspiracy theorist's upcoming interview with Megyn Kelly …
Hartford Courant:
Memo: WVIT, an NBC station in Connecticut near the location of the Sandy Hook shooting, won't air Megyn Kelly interview of Alex Jones  —  The conservative radio personality has dismissed the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting as a hoax.  —  Connecticut's NBC station will not air …
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Sources: NBC reworked Megyn Kelly's show with Alex Jones after backlash, with Kelly inviting Sandy Hook parents on air; one said yes, but others refused  —  MORE FROM: … Megyn Kelly has completely overhauled her Sunday night show featuring Alex Jones, inviting Sandy Hook families …
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Apple hires Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, two of Sony's top TV executives, to lead push into original video programming  —  Sony's Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg will head up video programming, reporting to Eddy Cue.  —  For years, Hollywood has heard rumors that Apple might want to make its own TV shows and movies.
Producers of Risk, a documentary about Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, condemn cease and desist letter from WikiLeaks lawyers to distributors  —  We are the producers of Risk , a documentary film about Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.  —  We unequivocally defend WikiLeaks' journalistic right to publish true and newsworthy information.
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Media accelerator Matter launches seventh startup class, with members exploring secure messaging, new kinds of social networks, searchable podcasts, and more  —  Matter focused on five areas in selecting its new class: diversity and inclusion, security, emerging technology, trust in media, and going beyond advertising.
Discussion: Matter
J.K. Trotter / Gizmodo:
Founder of Ambrosia, which offers young blood to older people, changed his story about interest from Thiel Capital, 9 months after going on the record about it  —  When Inc. magazine's Jeff Bercovici reported last August that billionaire Trump-supporter Peter Thiel had repeatedly expressed interest …
Elon Green / Columbia Journalism Review:
How Rahawa Haile wrote her memoir, Going It Alone, about hiking the Appalachian Trail for Outside magazine  —  Photo courtesy of Rahawa Haile.  —  The first time I read “Going It Alone,” Rahawa Haile's memoir of her Appalachian Trail thru-hike for Outside, I was surprised the piece was so much more about race than nature.
Discussion: @elongreen
Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab:
A look at Task & Purpose, the veterans-focused site that grew out of a jobs board; launched in 2014, it now has 10 full-time staff writers  —  The veterans-focused site, born out of a jobs board, is expanding beyond its original conception with original reporting, a growing staff of full-time writers, and its own revenue streams.
Clio Chang / New Republic:
The decision to create The Lily bolsters the idea that millennial women are less intelligent and less curious than the rest of The Washington Post's readers  —  The Lily, a website for women readers produced by The Washington Post, raises new questions about a very popular media genre.
Jackie Spinner / Columbia Journalism Review:
A profile of the Pinckneyville Press, a hyperlocal weekly with an 11-person staff and readership of just 1,800, known for its investigative scoops  —  Since Jeff Egbert started publishing the Pinckneyville Press eight years ago, the southern Illinois weekly has exposed a police coverup involving …
Discussion: @cjr
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
Seeso, NBCUniversal's comedy streaming service, has a “handful” of layoffs amid reassessment of business model  —  There have been layoffs at Seeso, whose business model is currently being reassessed and is expected to change.  The cuts are said to impact a handful of employees …
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Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Emma Carmichael is stepping down as editor in chief of Jezebel, the third woman in leadership to leave GMG in three months
Discussion: @emmacargo
Jeff Baumgartner / Multichannel News:
IBB Consulting study: almost half of US broadband customers subscribe to at least one OTT video service
Discussion: @thebauminator
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NBC launches NBC Left Field, a new standalone digital video studio, that will create short documentaries and features for social media
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Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
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Nilagia McCoy / Shorenstein Center:
Analysis: advantages and challenges of the BBC compared with US news organizations
How some hyperpartisan websites use vitriol to fuel donations to political PACs, and how both the sites and PACs have ties to a Washington, DC, lawyer
Discussion: @rickhasen
Janet Reitman / Rolling Stone:
Interview with Rachel Maddow on Trump, her show and deal with MSNBC, Roger Ailes, trust in media, working in TV, and unplugging
Discussion: TVNewser