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8:40 AM ET, August 24, 2018


 Top News: 
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
Sources: both David Pecker and chief content officer Dylan Howard were granted immunity so they would describe Trump's role in payments to Daniels and McDougal  —  David Pecker and Dylan Howard corroborated Michael Cohen's account implicating the president in a federal crime.
Jeff Horwitz / Associated Press:
Sources: Enquirer used a safe for documents about payments and stories it killed as part of ties with Trump; Enquirer first promoted Trump for president in 2010  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Enquirer kept a safe containing documents on hush money payments and other damaging stories …
Washington Post:
How National Enquirer essentially became a research arm of the Trump campaign and bought the silence of women, based on Cohen case documents  —  In August 2015, David Pecker and Michael Cohen hatched a plan to help a mutual friend in need.  —  Donald Trump had launched his improbable presidential campaign just two months earlier.
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”
Leaked docs and sources describe Facebook's content moderation apparatus and the logistics of trying to moderate billions of posts a week in 100+ languages  —  Moderating billions of posts a week in more than a hundred languages has become Facebook's biggest challenge.
Laura Wagner / Deadspin:
Sources: The Athletic is struggling to hire reporters for its new D.C. operation, with seven journalists at WaPo's sports desk rejecting offers to move  —  The Athletic, the venture capital-backed digital sports media venture that's plundering sportswriters from news organizations …
Discussion: @ajrod, @dcsportsbog and @ngreenberg
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Discussion: @cmclymer, Adweek and New York Post
Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
A look at SurfSafe, a browser plug-in that cross-references images with 100 trusted news sites and fact-checking organizations to determine if images are fake  —  WHEN MICHAEL BENNETT played for the Seattle Seahawks, he celebrated wins with a victory dance in the team locker room.
New York Times:
NYT Exec Editor Dean Baquet and Managing Editor Joe Kahn say bylines have not appeared above stories in paper's app or mobile UI for some time  —  Our executive editor, Dean Baquet, and managing editor, Joe Kahn, explain our thinking regarding bylines on our home page.
Rob Beschizza / Boing Boing:
Readers object after The New York Times drops bylines from stories on its homepage as part of a redesign
Ex-NSA contractor Reality Winner has accepted a plea deal and been sentenced to five years in prison for leaking information to The Intercept  —  (CNN)A former government contractor accused of leaking confidential information to the media has been sentenced to more than five years in prison.
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
The Lenfest Institute has created the Lenfest Local Lab, a team of news technologists tasked with testing and building products to aid local news  —  In the local news space, what's missing?  (Don't say money.)  —  What about rigorous — maybe even fun — product development and testing?
USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism:
BuzzFeed Investigations Editor Mark Schoofs is leaving the site to join USC Annenberg's journalism school to teach investigative reporting  —  Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mark Schoofs is joining the USC Annenberg School of Journalism to teach, train and inspire the next generation of high-impact digital journalists.
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Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
UK opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said a Labour govt may give journalists the right to elect their editors, create journalism fund paid for by tech giants
Discussion: TechCrunch
Marcela Kunova /
Publiq, a planned online content platform based on blockchain, would allow users to avoid censorship but would rely on users to weed out misinformation
Discussion: @raju
 Earlier Picks: 
Hunter Schwarz / CNN:
24% of Trump's Instagram posts from May 22 to August 22 were reposts from Fox News, Fox Business, or “Fox & Friends”
Discussion: Observer and Washington Post
Soutik Biswas / BBC:
To combat fake news on WhatsApp, the South Indian state of Kerala is running 40-minute classes in 150 schools to educate kids in spotting viral hoaxes
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
CNN suspends contributor Paris Dennard following a WaPo story that said he was fired from Arizona State University after sexual harassment allegations
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Dan Rose, Facebook's VP of partnerships who led deals such as its Instagram buy, leaving in Feb.; sources: Facebook has likely identified replacement internally
Discussion: MediaNama and Variety