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6:30 PM ET, February 23, 2018


 Top News: 
Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
Group of public radio stations is buying assets of Gothamist, LAist, DCist, and DNAInfo, funded by 2 anonymous donors; Gothamist to post new stories this spring  —  AFTER BILLIONAIRE JOE Ricketts announced the shuttering of local news organizations Gothamist and DNAInfo last fall …
Jacqueline Thomsen / The Hill:
Trump repeats claim in a tweet, and CNN refutes it for the second time, that CNN scripted a town hall question for a school shooting survivor  —  went after CNN over a Florida school shooting survivor's claim that he didn't participate in a CNN town hall because the network wouldn't let him ask …
Paul P. Murphy / CNN:
YouTube removed InfoWars video claiming Florida student was a paid actor; source says this is InfoWars' first of 3 strikes before YouTube terminates accounts  —  Shooting survivor: I'm not a crisis actor  —  (CNN)InfoWars, a far-right media organization run by Alex Jones and known …
The Outline:
Reddit admins' messages to r/conspiracy mods about revealing David Hogg's identity signals evolving policy on harassment focusing on tone and intensity of posts  —  Members of Reddit's Trust and Safety team reached out to mods to curb the spread of harassment.  —  The Future
Munsif Vengattil / Reuters:
SEC filing: Snap CEO Evan Spiegel received $637.8M compensation in 2017, the third highest annual payout received by a CEO, with stock awards comprising $636.6M  —  Snap Inc Chief Executive Officer Evan Spiegel received $637.8 million as total compensation as the company went public last year …
New York Times:
NRATV, the online streaming arm of NRA media, keeps producing pugilistic messages even after school shootings and pushes mistrust in traditional news  —  NRATV, the organization's online video channel, has become a little-noticed but vital forum for the dissemination of some of the most strident pro-gun messaging in politics.
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed:
Sources: an Australian named Aron D'Souza, who has few public ties with Peter Thiel, helped mastermind the lawsuits that led to Gawker's closure  —  Billionaire venture capitalist Peter Thiel did not come up with the idea to covertly fund lawsuits against Gawker Media.
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Scroll, an upcoming $5-a-month service that removes ads on outlets' sites in exchange for a cut of subscription revenue, signs up The Atlantic, Slate, others  —  Business Insider, the Atlantic and Fusion Media have signed up for Scroll, a coming subscription service that will charge consumers $5 …
Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab:
BBC is testing a chatbot tool that reporters can use to insert reusable bots inside articles to answer questions and add context  —  “For us, this is a way to let people read and ask questions at their own pace, instead of having them read through a bunch of text.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Anchor's redesigned app is a one stop shop for podcasting where users can record, edit, host, publish, and distribute podcasts with analytics  —  Broadcasting app Anchor, which helps anyone record and share audio, is relaunching its app today with a new focus on serving the larger podcaster community.
Terry Ganey / Gateway Journalism Review:
Inside the downfall of Missouri's Columbia Daily Tribune as layoffs leave the paper with one full-time reporter 18 months after it was acquired by GateHouse  —  COLUMBIA, Mo. — Eighteen months after GateHouse Media bought the family-owned Columbia Daily Tribune, the staff has been slashed …
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Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Google, YouTube, and Facebook don't find misinformation and hoaxes quickly enough after tragedies, may need breaking news teams to scan for misleading content
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