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11:30 PM ET, September 19, 2017


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Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Interview with Report for America's Charles Sennott on how the project will work, where first partnerships will likely be, training, coverage topics, and more  —  “This was once something that a whole generation of journalists got to do to start their careers.  Sadly, we've seen it disappear.
Discussion: MediaShift, The Rural Blog and Poynter
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
As authoritarian tendencies rise in America, shutting down voices like Jemele Hill's is dangerous  —  I love words, but sometimes they just aren't up to the job.  —  Like the word “inappropriate,” which has been applied to certain tweets last week by Jemele Hill, the ESPN commentator …
Julia Fioretti / Reuters:
Twitter removed 300K accounts in first half of '17 for promoting terrorism, a 20% decline from previous six months with 75% suspended before posting first tweet  —  BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) said that its internal controls were allowing it to weed out accounts being used for the …
Kenneth P. Vogel / New York Times:
How an overheard lunch conversation led to The New York Times story about tensions between White House lawyers  —  WASHINGTON — I have always thought of overhearing conversations as an underappreciated journalistic tool.  —  When political donors, lobbyists and politicians gather at hotels …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Google announces it is rolling out Natural Language API features tested with Hearst and Vice: classification of content and sentiment analysis of things  —  Google is launching new features within its free Cloud Natural Languages API (shared software technology) that will help newsrooms …
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
USA Today loses two business and tech veterans, Roger Yu and Jon Swartz, amid Gannett layoffs  —  USA Today's business and tech news staff is losing two reporters as part of the Gannett company-wide layoffs.  —  Those being cut are:  — Roger Yu, who writes about economics and business policy for USA Today.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Apple Music for Android updated with user profiles, voice command support, Beats 1 app shortcut, recently played widget  —  Apple is updating its Apple Music app for Android with new features that are also debuting on iOS 11 today.  Social profiles are perhaps the biggest addition across Android …
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Joe Lindsley mixes fact and fiction in his new self-published book about his time as Roger Ailes' protégé  —  Joe Lindsley was as close to the late Fox News chairman as anybody.  Now, for the first time, he's giving his account of their dramatic split.
Gregg Kilday / Hollywood Reporter:
Steven Spielberg, chairman of DreamWorks parent Amblin Partners, will assume CEO role as Michael Wright steps down  —  Michael Wright, Amblin Partners' top executive, is stepping down from his role as CEO, the company said Tuesday.  —  “I have always enjoyed working with Michael …
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Twitter launches Nuzzel-like Popular Articles feature, which shows articles shared by your network, located in Twitter's Explore tab on iOS and Android  —  Click a link inside Twitter's Popular Articles feature and the article will open in a browser inside the Twitter app.
Daniel Holloway / Variety:
Fox says it will stream entertainment programming on Twitter to promote new fall shows, with one comedy, Ghosted, debuting on Twitter before it starts on TV  —  Fox's new comedy series “Ghosted” will debut on Twitter days before its scheduled linear premiere — part of a new partnership between …
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Janko Roettgers / Variety:
YouTube discontinues paid channels initiative and makes $4.99 sponsorship model available to all YouTube Gaming creators and some others via main YouTube app
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
Herb Scannell, ex-president of BBC Worldwide's North America division, joins Hispanic media company mitú as chief executive
Discussion: The Wrap and Variety
Seth Abramovitch / Hollywood Reporter:
Pablo Escobar's brother says he will “close” Netflix's Narcos if the company does not meet his demand for $1B for alleged IP violations
Bill Barrow / Associated Press:
The Republican Governors Association has launched an online publication that looks like a legitimate news source, only added disclosure after query from AP
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Lauren Duca / Teen Vogue:
Sean Spicer is an accessory to an ongoing attack on democracy; his appearance at the Emmys is the normalization of what authoritarianism looks like
Simon Rogers / The Keyword:
Google News Lab releases data journalism study, reveals that 51% of all news organizations in the US and Europe have a dedicated data journalist