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12:40 PM ET, August 28, 2017


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Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Inside Houston's Space City Weather, a side project by Eric Berger, Ars Technica's senior space editor, covering flooding with a neighbor's voice  —  On a slow weather day, Space City Weather gets about 5,000 pageviews.  On Friday, as Hurricane Harvey stewed in the Gulf before dumping catastrophic amounts …
Al Tompkins / Poynter:
Reporters, including CNN's Ed Lavandera, help rescue people stranded in Houston flood, while KHOU-TV covered the flooding as water began to seep into the studio  —  Hurricane Harvey may have forced the journalists at KHOU-TV to evacuate.  But they didn't stop covering the storm.
Clifford Krauss / New York Times:
A first-person account of the Houston flooding by a New York Times reporter as water inundates his home  —  BELLAIRE, Tex, — I have covered as many as five wars on two continents, but nothing prepared me for when the big story collided with me and my family.
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
The Guardian announces launch of new nonprofit, at, to fund its journalism; the nonprofit has raised $1M since it was quietly founded last year  —  The Guardian is pushing harder into philanthropy as it — like other news publishers — struggles to find a profitable model for news online.
Discussion: New York Times and The Guardian
Nikhil Sonnad / Quartz:
China issues new rules forbidding anonymous posts in online communities and discussion forums, effective October 1  —  The Chinese government under president Xi Jinping is continuing to make life on the internet difficult for its potential detractors.  Yesterday (Aug. 25) …
During a rally in California, Reveal host Al Letson witnessed a man being attacked by Antifa protesters and threw himself in front to shield him  —  While covering Sunday's “Rally Against Hate” in Berkeley, California, today, Reveal host Al Letson witnessed a man being attacked by a group of protesters.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Hulu's Live TV service to have all five major broadcast networks with addition of The CW  —  Hulu today announced a new agreement with The CW Network, a joint venture between CBS and Warner Bros., which will allow Hulu to offer the network to subscribers of its newer Live TV service.
Mark Fazlollah /
Freelance journalist Christopher Allen, originally from the Philadelphia area, was killed covering South Sudan civil war  —  Former Lower Merion resident Christopher Allen, 26, a freelance journalist covering the civil war in South Sudan, was killed Saturday during a battle between rebels and government troops.
Kerry Flynn / Mashable:
Facebook says Pages repeatedly sharing articles marked as false by 3rd-party fact-checkers won't be able to buy ads, but the bans won't necessarily be permanent  —  Facebook is continuing its crackdown on fake news.  —  The social network Monday announced Facebook Pages will no longer …
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Sarah Huckabee Sanders relies heavily on saying she'll get back to reporters when asked difficult questions, including 10 times in one briefing, but rarely does  —  It's a stock response of every White House press secretary who's either caught off guard or is trying to dodge a sticky question.
Discussion: @wpjenna and @maggienyt
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
An appreciation of alternative weeklies, intensely local, combative newspapers that flowered in the 1970s and are now in some distress  —  They wrote about rock music and marijuana, when those were actually daring things to write about.  They used profanity sometimes, when even sometimes was rude and shocking.
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Former White House aide Sebastian Gorka says he will return to Breitbart, where he was once national security editor, in an undefined role