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2:30 AM ET, August 28, 2017


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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.
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 …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Newspapers drop paywalls and TV networks add hours for news as Hurricane Harvey soaks Texas
Facebook hires Liz Spayd, former New York Times public editor, as a consultant to help with its “transparency” efforts  —  She has also worked at the Washington Post and Columbia Journalism Review as a top editor.  —  Facebook has recently hired former New York Times public editor Liz Spayd …
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Former White House aide Sebastian Gorka says he will return to Breitbart, where he was once national security editor, in an undefined role  —  Former White House aide Sebastian Gorka said Saturday he will return to Breitbart News, reuniting him with longtime ally and former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.
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.
Nick Stockton / Wired:
The urgency of the news cycle since the election has created a new type of anxiety: news FOMO  —  Where were you when covfefe happened?  I was deep in middle-seat torpor on a red-eye to New York City.  By the time I had touched down and wended my way through the outer boroughs to a desk …
Rod McGuirk / Associated Press:
CBS Corp. to buy troubled Australian TV broadcaster Ten Network Holdings, pending approval, amid large losses and scrambling to cut costs at Ten  — 262e3412de3a  —  Link copied!  —  CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Troubled Australian television broadcaster Ten Network …
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) …
Li Yuan / Wall Street Journal:
Toutiao, a Chinese news aggregator that uses deep learning to tailor feeds to individual users, says it has 120M DAUs and made $900M revenue in 2016  —  Apps that supply news streams tailored to individual users by algorithms are China's fastest-growing mobile segment
Discussion: @wsj and @edwardroussel
Gary Baum / Hollywood Reporter:
Profile of Cooper Hefner, Playboy's chief creative officer, as the magazine brings back nudity and attempts to go upmarket  —  Cooper Hefner has assumed creative control at the brand his father launched 64 years ago as he brings nude images back to the magazine while lamenting the company's involvement …
Discussion: AOL
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