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10:40 AM ET, February 28, 2018


 Top News: 
Mike Shields / Business Insider:
Little Things, a publisher with 12M Facebook followers that focused on feel-good news and videos, is shutting down, says algorithm changes cut traffic by 75%+  —  - The digital publisher LittleThings is shutting down.  — The company, like some other media companies, had quickly amassed a big following on Facebook.
Associated Press:
Father of Florida shooting survivor admits altering an email from CNN that was sent to other news outlets amid controversy but says it wasn't on purpose  —  Last week's televised town hall on guns and school safety has led to finger-pointing by the father of a Florida school shooting survivor and CNN.
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
After devoting two nights of coverage to CNN scripted question debacle, Tucker Carlson tells viewers there's no evidence the network behaved improperly  —  An about-face from Fox News host Tucker Carlson tonight.  —  Carlson devoted coverage over two nights of his show last week to the accusation …
Discussion: @moneyries and Mediaite
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Infowars says YouTube gave it a second strike for Florida shooting videos, says it can't post new content for 2 weeks; 3 strikes in 3 months would close account  —  Conspiracy theory outlet Infowars is one strike away from being banned from YouTube.  —  The channel said it received an alert …
Washington Post:
Analysis of posts on anonymous forums shows how extremists tried to undermine news reports and push conspiracy theories to broader media after Parkland shooting  —  Forty-seven minutes after news broke of a high school shooting in Parkland, Fla., the posters on the anonymous chat board 8chan …
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
How a chat between two reporters who covered Pulse and Sutherland Springs mass shootings led to creation of a Facebook group for journalists covering trauma  —  The Orlando Sentinel reporter reached out to the San Antonio Express-News reporter on the night of Nov. 15, 2017.
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Inside the 10-month partnership between NYT and Times-Picayune covering coastal erosion and sea-level rise, NYT's first collaboration with a local news outlet  —  Just before the 2016 presidential election, Dean Baquet, the executive editor of The New York Times, gave an interview that touched …
John Shinal / CNBC:
Facebook VP Andrew Bosworth shares chart that shows the Trump campaign paid slightly higher CPM prices compared to Clinton in 2016 election, disputing reports  —  - Facebook executive Andrew Bosworth shared a tweet showing that President Trump paid more than Hillary Clinton did to reach users on the platform during the 2016 election.
Taylor Lorenz / The Daily Beast:
The Oshry sisters, a family of Instagram stars, concealed the fact that their mother is Pamela Geller, an alt-right troll who was banned from entering the UK  —  Claudia, Jackie, Olivia, and Margo Oshry are a group of sisters in New York living the millennial dream, running viral Instagram accounts …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Nicholas Fandos / New York Times:
Sources: White House Communications Director Hope Hicks told House investigators that her role sometimes required her to tell white lies on behalf of Trump  —  WASHINGTON — Hope Hicks, the White House communications director, told House investigators on Tuesday that her work for President Trump …
Joseph Otterson / Variety:
Apple orders a 10-part psychological thriller series executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan  —  M. Night Shyamalan is heading to Apple.  —  The streaming service has given a straight-to-series order to a psychological thriller series from writer Tony Basgallop that Shyamalan will executive produce.
The Wrap:
Roku rejects protesters' demand that it drop NRAtv, says it does not “curate or censor based on viewpoint”  —  A groundswell of online supporters are pushing several major tech companies, including Apple and Google, to sever ties with the National Rifle Association's TV channel …
Natasha Bertrand / The Atlantic:
Twitter DMs show Trump confidant Roger Stone and WikiLeaks communicated directly in October and November 2016, contrary to their denials in 2017  —  On March 17, 2017, WikiLeaks tweeted that it had never communicated with Roger Stone, a longtime confidante and informal adviser to President Donald Trump.
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Heidi N. Moore / Columbia Journalism Review:
The public's crisis of trust in journalism is mirrored in newsrooms where a toxic culture has created a rift between reporters and executives
Alex Ritman / Hollywood Reporter:
London police are investigating a complaint of sexual assault against Harvey Weinstein from a 10th alleged victim; the incident reportedly happened in mid-1990s
Cliff Kuang / Co.Design:
Knight study of 45M tweets examines how Asian Americans, African Americans, and feminists interact with media, with “hate-tweeting” often fueling sharing
Brittany Shammas / Miami New Times:
Internal email: Howard Saltz, editor and publisher of Tronc's The Sun Sentinel in Broward County, is leaving effective Wednesday
Quinn Norton / The Atlantic:
How social media created and attacked a version of myself that lacked context after The New York Times hired, and then fired, me for its editorial board
 Earlier Picks: 
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Premium cable network Epix plans to launch a standalone video subscription service, its Executive Vice President and GM Monty Sahran says
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Vanity Fair Editor Radhika Jones has made a series of new hires, naming Claire Howorth as deputy editor and Caryn Prime as director of editorial operations
Jackie Strause / Hollywood Reporter:
Transparent creator Jill Soloway is launching a book imprint called Topple Books with Amazon Publishing
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Sara Fischer / Axios:
News Media Alliance, a trade group for 2K+ US newspapers, forms industry's first-ever PAC to push for antitrust safe harbor against Google and Facebook
Discussion: TechCrunch
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Comcast offers about £22B for Sky, a 16% premium on the offer from Murdoch's 21st Century Fox