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12:25 PM ET, February 21, 2018


 Top News: 
Newsweek gave 10 pages of free print ads to a New York county where Olivet University was creating a campus, showing more Newsweek-Olivet ties amid DA probe  —  Note from the Editors: As we were reporting this story, Newsweek Media Group fired Newsweek Editor Bob Roe, Executive Editor Ken Li …
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Newsweek Deputy Editor Ross Schneiderman and other employees threatened to resign from the mag after it tried to suppress Olivet story  —  Several Newsweek staffers threatened to resign earlier this week, accusing the company of attempting to muzzle the publishing of a story further detailing internal turmoil …
Emanuel Maiberg / Motherboard:
Conspiracy video claiming Parkland shooting survivor and student David Hogg was a crisis actor became the number one trending video on YouTube before removal  —  A video described as ‘DAVID HOGG THE ACTOR....’ has made the top of the trending section, another example that YouTube has a conspiracy theory problem.
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Vox Media is laying off 50 employees and offering reassignments to 12 others, with the cuts mainly affecting SB Nation, Curbed, Racked, and video services team  —  The cuts, which mainly targeted social video teams, were announced by CEO Jim Bankoff on Wednesday morning.
Financial Times:
Digital media companies like Vice Media, Vox Media, and BuzzFeed are struggling with an uncertain ad market, changes to Facebook's News Feed, and more  —  Winter has arrived for a new generation of digital media companies with missed revenue targets, an uncertain advertising environment …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Dish says its Sling TV service had 2.21M subscribers in Q4 2017, a 47% YoY increase from 1.5M, the first time its broken out the numbers  —  Sling TV, Dish Network's internet-delivered skinny bundle, stood at 2.21 million subscribers as of the end of last year — the first time the satellite operator …
Sonam Rai / Reuters:
Boosted by $1.2B benefit from US tax law reforms, Dish reported net income of $1.39B for Q4 2017 and added 39K pay-tv subs including 75K reactivations  —  (Reuters) - Dish Network Corp's (DISH.O) fourth-quarter profit surged due to a roughly $1.2 billion benefit related to U.S. tax law reforms …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Tavis Smiley sues PBS, claiming the public TV network breached its contract and damaged his company when it fired him over sexual-harassment allegations  —  Talk-show host Tavis Smiley sued PBS on Tuesday, alleging that the network breached its contract and damaged his production company …
Perry Bacon Jr / FiveThirtyEight:
How a lack of diverse staffs, the hope for access, or a goal of partisan balance may have led reporters to cast John Kelly as a moderating White House force  —  Last March, in an article describing the various power centers in the Trump administration, I listed then-Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly as part of the “McCain Wing.”
Melody Kramer / Poynter:
Q&A with NYT Space Calendar team on its interactive news, its 80K subscribers, reader reactions, and verticals going forward  —  In his book “The Power of Habit,” Charles Duhigg writes about a three-part process that every habit undergoes: First, there's a cue that tells your brain …
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
Since 1992, 23 newspaper carriers have been violently killed or murdered in the US, more than twice the number of journalists killed in the same period  —  Newspaper carriers are being assaulted and killed across the country  —  It was still early in Walter “Wes” Scott's paper route when he was killed.
Adeshina Emmanuel / Columbia Journalism Review:
Black writer Adeshina Emmanuel's work for Chicago Reader was anchored by a racist front cover, leading him to criticize it and since-fired editor Mark Konkol
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New York Times:
On Facebook and Twitter, lax enforcement lets impostor accounts thrive, leaves few options for those whose identities are taken, enabling fake news, propaganda
David Shepardson / Reuters:
Sources: the FCC is expected to formally publish its December order overturning the Obama-era net neutrality rules on Thursday
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Judge denies AT&T request to compel DOJ to disclose communications with the White House that might show Trump's views on AT&T's proposed merger with Time Warner
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Steve Bannon reported on a late ethics form in November that he sold his Cambridge Analytica and Glittering Steel stakes in April 2017
Emily Cochrane / New York Times:
Polk Awards: shared award to Jodi Kantor, Meghan Twohey, and Ronan Farrow for Weinstein stories, a special award for NYT and WaPo for Trump-Russia stories, more
Peter Walker / The Guardian:
UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn bashes and vaguely threatens four print newspapers while responding to stories claiming he gave info to Czech spy in the 1980s