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1:45 PM ET, March 16, 2018

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ProPublica:
ProPublica retracts reporting saying Gina Haspel oversaw a “black site” while al-Qaida suspect Abu Zubaydah was waterboarded and that she mocked his suffering  —  On Feb. 22, 2017, ProPublica published a story that inaccurately described Gina Haspel's role in the treatment of Abu Zubaydah …
Bart Barnes / Washington Post:
Michael Getler, a Washington Post foreign correspondent, editor and ombudsman, as well as an ombudsman for PBS, dies at 82  —  Michael Getler, a Washington Post foreign correspondent and editor who later led the Paris-based International Herald Tribune and served as an incisive in-house media critic …
Robert Feder:
Layoffs hit Tronc's Chicago Tribune, the second round in five months; memo lists other changes, including content management system, redesign, and planned move  —  Chicago Tribune staffers bid farewell to more of their colleagues as another wave of layoffs hit the newsroom today.
James Andrew Miller / Hollywood Reporter:
Interview with former ESPN President John Skipper, who resigned in December citing substance addiction; he says someone tried to extort him for buying cocaine  —  The former network chief goes public in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter about the real reason behind his abrupt departure …
Daniel D'Addario / TIME:
Fox's Shep Smith on separating news and opinion programming, quitting if the show changes to accommodate viewers, concerns about who would replace him, and more  —  In a Manhattan Fox News studio on a recent Tuesday in February, Shepard Smith sits ready to begin taping his 3 p.m. newscast.
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Lisa de Moraes / Deadline:
Shep Smith signs multiyear deal with Fox News, renewing his status as the channel's chief news anchor and managing editor of breaking news
Discussion: Variety, Mediaite and The Wrap
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The latest Denver Post cuts, an apparent “harvesting strategy” by Alden Global Capital, parent of Digital First Media, shock and sadden remaining journalists  —  Jesse Aaron Paul could hardly believe his good fortune when he started his internship at the Denver Post in 2014 not long after he graduated from Colorado College.
CNN:
Trump administration announces new Russia sanctions on 5 entities, including IRA, and 19 individuals, in response to US election interference and cyberattacks  —  Putin's ‘chef,’ the man behind the troll factory  —  Washington (CNN)The Trump administration announced Thursday it is enacting …
Miroslava Germanova / New York Times:
Slovakia's prime minister resigns after demonstrations following murder of journalist Jan Kuciak  —  BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — The prime minister of Slovakia resigned on Thursday following mass demonstrations over the murder of a journalist who was uncovering government corruption.
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
BuzzFeed tests specific release times, or “universal windows”, for its episodic shows across platforms, including YouTube, Facebook, Amazon, Hulu, and Roku  —  BuzzFeed is experimenting with a new windowing strategy to get people to tune into its distributed series.
 
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Jessica Davies / Digiday:
The Times of London to pilot an algorithm that aims to serve subscribers relevant content at opportune times and help convert registered users into subscribers
Discussion: @chrisduncania
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Spotify confirms it is testing an in-app voice control feature; user demo shows fairly accurate speech recognition
The Guardian:
Guardian report on gender pay gap: men paid 11.3% more, top-paid workers are 65% male; outlet aims for 50/50 gender balance in top half of organization by 2023
Discussion: Forbes
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Trump's nomination of CNBC's Larry Kudlow is another instance of the feedback loop between the president and cable news
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