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8:15 PM ET, August 4, 2017


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Trevor Timm / Columbia Journalism Review:
As pundits decry leaks of transcripts of the president's calls with foreign leaders, it is clear that news value and public interest outweigh any damage  —  The Washington Post made waves on Thursday when it published the full transcripts of President Trump's erratic phone calls with the leaders …
Sam Levine / HuffPost:
Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the DoJ is reviewing its policy on media subpoenas as part of a crackdown on leaks  —  “We will not allow rogue anonymous sources with security clearances to sell out our country," the attorney general said Friday.  —  Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Friday …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Leaks must be handled with care, but they're necessary, and leakers and journalists who depend on them should be honored, not jailed  —  Ever since taking office, President Trump has been condemning leaks, leakers and the journalists they leak to.  —  “I've actually called the Justice Department …
Discussion: @sangernyt
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Recent clashes in the White House press room have spurred debate about where the line between legitimate journalistic inquiry ends and incivility begins  —  Reporters are supposed to push their sources for answers.  But how far can they push before “aggressive reporting” starts to look like badgering, grandstanding or just plain rude?
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
The Wall Street Journal names Jason Anders as its chief news editor, a newly created role  —  Wall Street Journal deputy editor Matt Murray sent out the following announcement on Friday:
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Inside Patreon, which has 50K active creators, 1M+ patrons, is set to process $150M in 2017, and supports a myriad of people that otherwise may not get funding  —  In 2013, Peter Hollens was an aspiring a cappella singer surviving, in his words, by living on ramen in someone else's house.
Discussion: @jimprosser
Silvia Killingsworth / The Awl:
The Awl has migrated from Medium back to WordPress, its former content management system  —  Good morning!  How did you sleep?  Me neither.  —  As you may have noticed, The Awl looks a bit different today—that's because we moved back to WordPress, our former (robot voice, arms) content management system.
Teresa Mioli / Journalism in the Americas:
The Buenos Aires Herald, one of the last English-language newspapers in Latin America, is closing after 140 years in print  —  The Buenos Aires Herald, the Argentine capital's English-language newspaper, is closing after 140 years in print.  —  The newspaper made the announcement via Twitter on July 31 …
David Uberti / Splinter:
Slate management calls for second union vote, with paper ballots and run by the NLRB; organizers agree on vote, but want it run by a private third party  —  Slate has been a solidly liberal voice online for the past two decades.  So when its staff decided to form a union earlier this year, they didn't expect a drawn-out labor fight.
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
Maria Elena Salinas is leaving Univision as an evening news anchor after more than three decades on the air  —  Maria Elena Salinas with Jorge Ramos at the Univision-Washington Post Democratic debate held at Miami-Dade College on March 9, 2016.  (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
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