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8:40 AM ET, July 23, 2018


 Top News: 
Andrew Buncombe / The Independent:
Jack Dorsey, responding to Maggie Haberman's criticisms of Twitter, vows to work on identifying credibility and improving conversations' organization, context  —  The CEO of Twitter has admitted the platform is no longer a place where nuanced or thoughtful discussion can take place …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Facebook could recognize Holocaust denialism as hate speech and ban it on those grounds, but trying to censor every falsehood should be noted as a bad idea  —  To follow Mark Zuckerberg's utterances is to constantly cringe.  —  Last week was no different.
New York Times:
Sources: feds think National Enquirer owner AMI may have acted more as a political supporter than a news org, raising 1st Amendment, campaign finance questions  —  Federal authorities examining the work President Trump's former lawyer did to squelch embarrassing stories before the 2016 election …
Luke O'Brien / HuffPost:
A look at how alt-right troll Mike Cernovich uses Twitter to target journalists, typically by implicating them in sex crimes against minors  —  He just took down director James Gunn.  Now he's using a trollish rumor about a sex tape to go after journalists.  —  106 -
Andrea Chang / Los Angeles Times:
Los Angeles Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold dies of pancreatic cancer at 57  —  Jonathan Gold, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times restaurant critic who richly chronicled the city's vast culinary landscape and made its food understandable and approachable to legions of fans, has died.
James Ball / Columbia Journalism Review:
It is time for newsrooms to cover technology extensively, across desks, acting as watchdogs rather than cheerleaders  —  A lowly tech employee was trying to do some simple task online and found out it was really hard.  Inspired by that difficulty, he—and it was almost always a he …
Discussion: BuzzMachine
Max Willens / Digiday:
Buzzfeed's standalone news site only includes programmatic ads at launch although native ads still drive a majority of BuzzFeed's revenue  —  BuzzFeed has been on a mission to diversify away from direct-sold advertising.  And nowhere is that more evident than on its new BuzzFeed News site.
Daniel Funke / Poynter:
Despite being debunked 80+ times and having 45+ posts marked as false by Facebook, YourNewsWire still gains hundreds of thousands of engagements per month  —  InfoWars isn't the only misinforming page that's still allowed to publish on Facebook.  —  YourNewsWire is one of the most popular fake news publishers in the world.
Discussion: The Week
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 More News: 
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
Trump tariffs on newsprint cause some newspapers to cut printing days; higher costs will likely lead to redesigns, pricier subscriptions, and fewer pages
Adam Entous / New Yorker:
A look at Alice Donovan, a fake persona used by Russia's military-intelligence agency that attracted FBI attention in 2015 for spreading propaganda in the US
Heather Bryant / Nieman Lab:
A look at the urgent challenges newsrooms face due to the sophistication of image manipulation as they struggle to adopt the necessary verification technology
Chris Welch / The Verge:
In an interview, Roku's CEO discusses how it is growing its ad business and software licensing to OEMs, which generated more revenues than device sales as of Q1
Discussion: Cord Cutters News
 Earlier Picks: 
Inside state-sponsored trolling efforts that combine virtual hate mobs, surveillance, and misinformation to silence critical voices and spread disinformation
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
The success of the In the Dark podcast's donor-only Facebook group, with $50 minimum donation to join and 250+ members, shows how publishers can monetize groups
Freia Nahser / Global Editors Network:
Inside Fox Sports, The Times, and Le Figaro's efforts to use AI, Alexa voice actions, and automation for their World Cup reporting
Simon Dumenco / Ad Age:
Q&A with Eric Gillin and Amiel Stanek of Basically, a millennial foodie brand, on how video has made recipes evolve, the pros of SEO, and making less content
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
Study of 3,000 US adults: users are more likely to trust news when they do not see identifying source info; Vox, Fox, and Breitbart trusted least when labeled