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9:55 AM ET, August 31, 2017


 Top News: 
The Daily Beast:
Sources: Lifezette has become an uncomfortable place for women to work, with CEO Peter Anthony often making sexually suggestive comments about female staffers  —  LifeZette, the politics and culture website founded by prominent ally of President Donald Trump and longtime talk radio host Laura Ingraham, is in trouble.
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Disney is prepping budget cuts of 10% in Disney/ABC Television Group, including job reductions of up to 300, at ABC News, local TV stations, more  —  As many as 300 jobs could be cut in aim to reach 10% reduction in costs  —  Walt Disney Co. is preparing significant budget cuts …
Al Jazeera English:
Al Jazeera English disables comments on its website, finds social media to be the preferred platform for online debate  —  Today, we disabled the ability to comment on stories on  It's a decision that we've given much thought to, and one that we feel ultimately best serves our audience.
Shane Bauer / Mother Jones:
News outlets erred in Berkeley protest coverage by focusing on scattered violence, ignoring bigger story that Bay Area has become targeted by far-right groups  —  The violence I saw was only part of the story.  —  Over the weekend, thousands of people hit the streets of San Francisco and Berkeley …
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
Publishers are letting writers go as they turn to video and try to replicate success of Vice, which is said to be valued at $5.7B or twice that of the NYT  —  Digital media churns out videos for tech and media giants  —  Adults to spend 81 minutes a day on digital video: eMarketer
Caroline Scott /
How Vox used crowdsourcing to help plan its new six-part Borders documentary series, coming this fall, with audience suggesting locations, activities, more  —  Vox reporter Johnny Harris has created and maintained a dialogue with his audience as he travels around the world
Discussion: @carolinescott91 and @storybench
The Guardian:
Over 21M comments have been submitted to FCC on its proposed neutrality roll-back as it closes submissions, although many are duplicates or created by spambots  —  The FCC has received nearly 22m comments on “Restoring Internet Freedom” with just hours left before the window for public feedback closes on Wednesday
Mark Brown / The Guardian:
BBC Radio 3 outlines plans to broadcast more “slow radio”, including chanting of Benedictine monks, voices of people with dementia, more  —  Station to feature sounds of a walker's boots and chanting of Benedictine monks as 'an antidote to today's frenzied world'
Discussion: BBC
Jack Shafer / Politico:
The Freedom Forum spent too much on the symbolic $450M Newseum rather than on supporting journalism  —  You know that triumphant feeling that sweeps from your brain to your toes when one of your enemies stumbles and falls into a mass of his own excrement?  Such delight overwhelmed me yesterday …
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Ross Benes / Digiday:
USA Today Network reformats mobile site to provide personalized homepages for users, plans rollout to all users for all of its properties within six months
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
A year after Philippe Dauman was ousted as CEO of Viacom, the company has continued to struggle, with its stock price plummeting another 30%
Daily Mail:
Two Daily Mail journalists were injured in Houston on Tuesday after the boat they were travelling in was electrocuted by submerged power lines
Discussion: Telegraph
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Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
Scottish blogger Jason Michael McCann, who calls himself a journalist in his Twitter bio, defends his viral hoax tweet showing a shark in Houston's flood waters
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
Axel Springer teams with German non-media companies to launch Verimi alliance, which will offer a single login to better compete with Facebook-Google duopoly
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Ben Jacobs, the Guardian reporter assaulted by congressional candidate Greg Gianforte, says Gianforte is refusing a promised on-the-record interview