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4:00 PM ET, August 13, 2017


 Top News: 
Sean Illing / Vox:
Interview with Tom Rosenstiel, executive director of the American Press Institute, on the dangers of the Trump campaign's “real news” series on Facebook  —  The president has launched an online TV network.  He's calling it “real news.”  —  “Overall, since the president took office …
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
The Shawnee Mission Post in northeast Kansas found success in a paywall model, hitting its twelve month goal of 1,000 subscribers in just three months  —  “Nobody goes into journalism because they want to cater to advertisers and deliver them as many eyeballs as possible."
Discussion: @ryanchittum
Chris Moran:
Silicon Valley can't be blamed for every problem at the New Republic — we need better thinking on technology, data, and journalism to ensure positive outcomes  —  I've spent the last eight years building the case for using audience data in newsrooms and the tools and culture required to make it a force for good.
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
“This Is Just Like GamerGate”: How The Pro-Trump Media Turned James Damore Into A Hero Overnight  —  A week ago, James Damore was anonymous.  Now, the Google engineer who lost his job after he wrote a viral anti-diversity screed has become an icon of the alt-right …
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
NPR's solar eclipse coverage includes 22 videographers, kid reporters and local newsrooms  —  Geoff Brumfield, NPR's science editor, figures people will only remember two things from 2017: “Trump and the total solar eclipse,” he said.  “So you might as well go big on the solar eclipse.”
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
How Disney's change in TV strategy could play out, contributing to a shift in the $40B US TV ad market toward the internet  —  Disney's decision to build its own streaming service is smart.  It's also the latest sign that the traditional cable bundle is doomed.  —  {{#existing_user}}
Discussion: Variety
Paul Mozur / New York Times:
Source: Facebook approved the stealthy release of app similar to Moments in China via a local company that appears to be closely linked to Facebook  —  SHANGHAI — Facebook and many of its apps have been blocked in China for years.  To change that, Mark Zuckerberg has made a big point …
Sources: Verizon's new online TV service is delayed due to lack of deals with content owners, executive turnover and internal discussions over service specifics  —  Company planned to offer live web service by late September  —  Carrier is still shaping strategy amid turnover on media team
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Editor in chief Sean Fennessey of The Ringer on the site's relaunch: more video and podcasts, but focus remains on writing  —  Fans of Bill Simmons, fear not: The Ringer isn't pivoting to video anytime soon.  —  The sports columnist-turned-podcaster-turned- entrepreneur's website …
Winona Daily News:
Bernetta Kouba retires, at 91, after a five-year stint delivering newspapers for The Winona Daily News in Minnesota  —  If she isn't working, Bernetta Kouba hardly knows what to do with herself.  —  A divorcee and a mother of three, Kouba spent 20 years in the finance department at City Hall.
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Online radio company TuneIn raises $50M in round led by Marker LLC, IVP, and Comcast Ventures; the deal values TuneIn at $500M, a source says  —  Funding round is led by Marker, IVP and Comcast Ventures  —  Latest deal is said to value company at about $500 million
Discussion: NPR
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
After 14 years at Viacom, Sarah Iooss is joining Mic as executive VP of revenue to expand branded-content offerings
Discussion: Adweek
Michael Calderone / HuffPost:
Lawyer for Yashar Ali demands Fox News host Eric Bolling dismiss his lawsuit against Ali for HuffPost story claiming Bolling sent lewd photos to colleagues
About 10 activists turn their backs on Trump aide Omarosa Manigault during tense panel at the National Association of Black Journalists conference
Chicago Tribune:
Jim Kirk, editor/publisher of Sun-Times, joins Tronc, parent of the Chicago Tribune, less than a month after local investors bought the Sun-Times
Discussion: Chicago Sun Times
 Earlier Picks: 
Richard Horgan / Adweek:
AMI's Men's Fitness will go all-digital in November as print subscriptions are switched over to newly acquired Men's Journal
Discussion: Mediawire
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
SoundCloud closes $169.5M Series F funding round led by Raine Group and Temasek to stay afloat; former Vimeo CEO Kerry Trainor replaces Alex Ljung as CEO
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox News competitors like The Blaze, Newsmax, and OANN seek to steal Fox viewers as the network goes through a tumultuous period