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6:50 PM ET, August 22, 2018


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Rob Beschizza / Boing Boing:
Readers object after The New York Times drops bylines from stories on its homepage amid a redesign  —  They're still on the stories' own URLs, but are gone from the homepage.  Eric Lipton, an investigative reporter at the Times, points out: “But names of OP-ED writers still there.”
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
In a divided, disbelieving nation, Trump's years-long campaign to undermine the media and truth itself could pay off now amid the Manafort and Cohen cases  —  Don't believe your eyes and ears.  Believe only me.  —  That has been President Trump's message to the public for the past two years …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Floyd Abrams on American Media: “If Mr. Pecker and his company acted as is alleged, there should and very likely would be no viable First Amendment defense”  —  WSJ: National Enquirer subpoenaed in Cohen probe  —  The National Enquirer's partnership with the Trump campaign was even more extensive than previously reported.
Discussion: Mediaite and CNN
Justin Miller / The Daily Beast:
Documents in Michael Cohen's case give more details of the role of American Media CEO David Pecker and National Enquirer EIC Dylan Howard in stifling stories
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Warner Bros. TV has poached Jessica Jones creator and showrunner Melissa Rosenberg from Netflix with an eight-figure deal  —  Melissa Rosenberg will depart the Netflix Marvel drama after season three to create and develop new projects for the indie studio.  —  Melissa Rosenberg is on the move.
Discussion: /Film, ScreenRant, CinemaBlend and The Wrap
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
From 2010 to 2018, The Seattle Times raised $4M+ through a mix of funding and donations from foundations, corporations, and non-profits  —  This piece originally appeared in Local Edition, our newsletter following the digital transformation of local news.  Want to be part of the conversation?
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Memo: Business Insider's politics, news, and military/defense teams being moved to Insider team, as Business Insider refocuses on business beat  —  Business Insider has over the past three years expanded outside of its core business coverage to general interest news, and now it's reorganizing to reflect that shift.
Discussion: @bmorrissey, @ajs and @lmoses
Eric Johnson / Recode:
Senator Ron Wyden says there should be “consequences” for social networks that fail to remove people like Alex Jones  —  Jones and his conspiracy-minded site Infowars have long since “blown past the bounds of common decency,” Wyden says.  —  Since 2016, everything …
Discussion: @raju
Facebook removes 652 Pages, groups, and accounts on Facebook and Instagram after a FireEye tip led it to investigate inauthentic behavior out of Iran and Russia  —  Today we removed multiple Pages, groups and accounts for coordinated inauthentic behavior on Facebook and Instagram.
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Mic forms Mic Productions, focused on developing and selling longer-form video projects to streaming platforms and TV networks  —  Starting with Facebook Watch, millennial-focused news publisher Mic is going long by producing exclusive and licensed shows for streaming video platforms.
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Charisse Jones / USA Today:
Walmart partners with Rakuten Kobo to launch Walmart eBooks, with a catalog of 6M+ titles and a $9.99/month Audible-like subscription service for audiobooks
Brent Lang / Variety:
IMDB's premium tier, IMDBPro, adds a tap-to-call feature and contact info for organizations that fight sexual harassment to its site and new Android app
The Argus:
Q&A with the founders of Byline Festival, a UK gathering run by journalists that brings the press, writers, musicians, and comedians together
Sophie Gilbert / The Atlantic:
Hollywood movies and TV shows continue to portray female journalists as unethical, perpetuating a cultural stereotype that has persisted for several decades
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Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
In an internal McClatchy memo, CEO Craig Forman announces some furloughs, a freeze of some open jobs, and staff reductions of about 3.5%, or about 140 people
Michael Barthel / Pew Research Center:
Pew Research says audiences for nearly every major section of the US news media fell in 2017, with radio the only exception
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed News:
Facebook says it plans to remove over 5,000 ad targeting options by this fall in an effort to prevent discriminatory advertising