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9:50 AM ET, April 9, 2018

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Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Ben Smith recounts his mistakes as a young reporter in Belarus in 2001: assuming democracy would win, sources would be safe, and US officials wouldn't lie  —  As a young reporter in Eastern Europe in 2001, I expected to witness the “end of history” and the flowering of democracy.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Sinclair is showing the 30-second Allied Progress ad with Deadspin video montage critical of Sinclair, but inserts its own 15-second responses before and after  —  Ex-Sinclair news director: We had must-run pieces  —  Sinclair Broadcast Group has agreed to air a commercial …
Megha Rajagopalan / BuzzFeed:
The Sri Lankan government and civil society groups say that Facebook has failed for years to monitor and remove accounts inciting ethnic violence in Sri Lanka  —  DIGANA, Sri Lanka — When the Sri Lankan government temporarily blocked access to Facebook last month amid a wave of violence against Muslims …
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
A guide to new initiatives that work to repair people's trust in media, including information on funders, participants, and partners  —  Can't tell Trusting News from the Trust Project, or the News Integrity Initiative from the Journalism Trust Initiative?  Get informed here — trust us.
Discussion: Project News
Kate Holton / Reuters:
Source: WPP could publish the findings of its investigation into an allegation of misconduct against Chief Executive Martin Sorrell as early as next week  —  LONDON (Reuters) - WPP (WPP.L) could publish the findings of its investigation into an allegation of misconduct against Chief Executive Martin Sorrell …
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic:
Kevin Williamson's hiring at The Atlantic was greeted by some of his critics as if they were opposition researchers and their aim was to render him toxic  —  Last month, The Atlantic hired Kevin Williamson, the longtime National Review staffer.  Jeffrey Goldberg, the editor in chief of The Atlantic …
Christina Anderson / New York Times:
Three Nobel Literature Prize judges resign from the Swedish Academy amid sexual assault allegations against a major figure with close ties to the institution  —  STOCKHOLM — The Swedish Academy, which awards the Nobel Prize in Literature, was hit this past week by one of its worst crises …
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
How Trump's White House creates an anti-immigration feedback loop by distributing talking points to friendly journalists, pundits, and hosts via email  —  The monomaniacal White House talking points.  —  They are emails designed to grab you by the lapels.  “CRISIS AT OUR SOUTHERN BORDER,” announced one.
Yardena Schwartz / Columbia Journalism Review:
Women who have spoken out about sexual harassment at news organizations discuss how they've been blacklisted by other orgs and face abuse on social media  —  Women who speak out about sexual harassment are often blacklisted by other news organizations  —  Juliet Huddy thought the worst …
Reuters:
Sources: Viacom has asked CBS to increase its valuation of the company by $2.8B to $14.7B  —  (Reuters) - Viacom Inc (VIAB.O) has asked CBS Corp (CBS.N) to sweeten its merger bid by about $2.8 billion or almost a quarter more than CBS's offer, people familiar with the matter said …
Discussion: Variety
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
Norwegian aggregator Sol uses algorithms and human editors to surface local content, claims 50K daily users who spend a daily average of 11 minutes in app  —  Sol, an aggregated news site from Norwegian magazine and news publishing group Aller Media, launched an app in December to gain new, younger readers.
 
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Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Journalists at The Denver Post publish several online articles, which will also run in its Sunday opinion section, publicly rebuking owner Alden Global Capital
Valeriya Safronova / New York Times:
How Conde Nast's brands are pivoting to video, experimenting with different formats, moving away from Facebook to YouTube, and creating content for clients
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Al Jazeera English:
Palestinian journalist Yaser Murtaja dies after being shot by Israeli forces while wearing a jacket marked “PRESS”
Daniel Funke / Poynter:
A look at Projeto Lupe!, a fact-checking Messenger bot for Brazil's upcoming election funded by ~$75K from Facebook and inspired by Le Monde's Les Decodeurs
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Source: YouTube releasing new version of YouTube Kids within coming weeks with option to turn off algorithmic video suggestions and only show curated channels