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2:40 PM ET, May 21, 2018


 Top News: 
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Barack and Michelle Obama sign multiyear deal with Netflix to produce TV shows and films for the streaming service, from scripted series to documentaries  —  WASHINGTON — Former President Barack Obama formally announced on Monday a multiyear production deal with Netflix in which he and the former …
Matt Labash / Weekly Standard:
Profile of Charlie LeDuff, a Pulitzer Prize-winning ex-NYT correspondent who covered overlooked people before leaving journalism to work in a hot dog joint  —  Charlie LeDuff anticipated all the problems that Trump's election made plain to the rest of us—then he fell into the Hole himself.
New York Times:
More than two dozen editors and writers who worked at Time Inc. reflect on the company's rise to prominence and its slow decline that began about a decade ago  —  It was once an empire.  Now it is being sold for parts.  —  Time Inc. began, in 1922, with a simple but revolutionary idea hatched by Henry R. Luce and Briton Hadden.
Brady Dale / CoinDesk:
VideoCoin, blockchain-based video streaming project backed by CNET co-founder Halsey Minor, raises $50M in an ICO completed via private placements  —  Streaming a TV show or a sports game directly to your laptop doesn't make big TV networks much money today.
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Q&A with Chad Nackers, editor-in-chief of The Onion, on how the site satirizes the Trump administration  —  The comedy website has had to develop new strategies and new characters for a president who often defies satire.  —  A lot has changed since 2013, when the editors of The Onion got …
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
The Pulitzer Prize Board has yet to conduct its independent review of allegations made against board member Junot Diaz  —  As was widely expected, the Pulitzer Prize Board gave its top honor, the Public Service award, to The New York Times and The New Yorker for their Harvey Weinstein exposes …
Charles Davis / The Daily Beast:
Material from Angela Nagel's 2017 book Kill All Normies appears to have been lifted from Wikipedia and RationalWiki; Nagel's publisher stands behind the work  —  Did the excesses of politically correct leftists on the internet—the sort derided for their focus on identity and pronouns …
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
In speech to Yale students at weekend, Hillary Clinton urged students to fight back against fake news by supporting journalists and subscribing to newspapers  —  Hillary Clinton spoke at Yale University's commencement ceremony this weekend to offer her support for the media …
Katrin Bennhold / New York Times:
Inside Facebook's deletion center in Berlin, where 1,200 people review posts violating firm's rules or German law and decide what is free speech or hate speech  —  A country taps its past as it leads the way on one of the most pressing issues facing modern democracies: how to regulate the world's biggest social network.
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK regulator Ofcom has opened three new investigations into RT, reviewing its impartiality as a broadcaster, bringing the total number of enquiries up to 11
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Q&A with Vox Media's Jim Bankoff on the challenges facing digital media companies, partnering with Hollywood, and the growth of podcasting
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Michael Avenatti threatened to sue one media outlet and bashed two others with whom he disagreed, sparking comparisons to Trump; next moves decide his legacy
 Earlier Picks: 
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
The Idahoan, a publication by a PAC veteran, stirs controversy with some claiming it is a political mailer, as deputy AG rules it is a newspaper under Idaho law
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Profile: Fox News' Neil Cavuto, a Trump skeptic who champions capitalism, financial markets, and free trade, and whose health makes for unique on-air challenges
Ernie Smith / Motherboard:
A history of the music industry's first efforts at creating music streaming services after Napster and why they failed given the importance of streaming now