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6:45 AM ET, April 16, 2018


 Top News: 
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
WPP CEO Martin Sorrell resigns following investigation into personal misconduct; Mark Read and Andrew Scott appointed joint COOs  —  Boss of world's largest marketing group steps aside amid investigation into personal misconduct … Martin Sorrell has said he will step down as head of the British-based global advertising agency WPP.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Us Weekly dropped a story around 2013 on alleged affair between Donald Trump Jr. and Aubrey O'Day after legal threats from Trump lawyer Michael Cohen  —  Federal probe looks closely at money flowing in and out of Essential Consultants  —  Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's personal attorney …
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
The New York Times has begun to direct some traffic to old stories to an archive that presents the page almost exactly as it appeared on that day  —  “We like to think of ourselves as the paper of record, but then it's important that we actually keep those records."  —  Remember Flash?
Discussion: @lynrobinson and @niemanlab
Danielle Tcholakian / Longreads:
Robyn Doolittle, who investigated Rob Ford, criticizes decision to cast a man in the film adaptation, highlighting the lack of women leads in journalism movies  —  Rachel McAdams on the set of ‘Spotlight’ in 2014 (Stickman/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)  —  The 2002 Robert Evans biopic The Kid Stays …
Chicago Tribune:
Michael Ferro sells stake in Chicago Tribune parent Tronc to McCormick Media for $208.6M  —  Michael Ferro, who resigned last month as chairman of Chicago-based newspaper chain Tronc, has struck a deal to sell his entire stake in the company, according to a filing late Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
How freelance reporter Greg Donahue uncovered the life of Ron Porambo, a journalist who reported on the underworld of America before turning to a life of crime  —  Ron Porambo (Essex County, via Atavist Magazine)  —  Ron Porambo was a journalist.  He was an author and a visionary.
Ivan Moreno / Associated Press:
US publishers worry a ~28% temporary tariff on Canadian newsprint, which may become permanent in August or September, will force smaller publications to close  — 69d219338b43  —  MILWAUKEE (AP) — Newspaper publishers across the U.S. already strapped …
Ernst-Jan Pfauth / De Correspondent:
De Correspondent designs a system to tap members' expertise to aid its reporting and hopes to launch a global English-language site in 2019  —  There's a great untapped resource in journalism, and it's available to journalists right now.  —  It's the experience and expertise of your readers.
Daniel Brown / Business Insider:
Russian journalist Maxim Borodin, who wrote about the deaths of Russian mercenaries in Syria, has died after falling from his apartment balcony  —  - Maxim Borodin, 32, died at a hospital on Sunday after falling from his fifth-floor balcony in Yekaterinburg on Thursday.
New York Times:
Profile: new owner of Los Angeles Times, biotech mogul Patrick Soon-Shiong, who plans to move LAT to suburbs, and pursued Dean Baquet and Marty Baron for EIC  —  LOS ANGELES — As a son of Chinese immigrants growing up in apartheid South Africa, Patrick Soon-Shiong spent his afternoons racing through …
Rob Haskell / Vogue:
Disney CEO Bob Iger talks about digital disruption from Silicon Valley, his decision not to run for president in 2020, and Black Panther  —  Disney's plan to acquire 21st Century Fox is about keeping up with a rapidly changing world.  “The status quo, to me, is a joke,” says Iger, photographed at home in Los Angeles.
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Tess Owen / VICE News:
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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
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Adam Thomas / European Journalism Centre:
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The Guardian:
UK court on right to be forgotten: Google has to remove links about one man who “showed remorse” for past conviction, can keep links for another, who didn't
Lisa Richwine / Reuters:
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