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2:05 PM ET, August 31, 2018

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Christopher Robbins / Gothamist:
Leaked audio: Village Voice owner tells staff publication will cease posting stories, 15-20 staff to remain to “wind things down” and work on an online archive  —  Three years after buying The Village Voice, and a year after the paper shut down its print edition …
The Daily Beast:
Sources describe how Ronan Farrow's work on Harvey Weinstein died at NBC News: pressure via Weinstein lawyers and NBC general counsel, lack of executive support  —  Ronan Farrow had already left NBC News.  But a top lawyer at the network threatened to smear him if he continued to pursue the Hollywood mogul …
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed News:
The political journalism of the nineties and aughts, in which politics was covered like a tactical game using sports metaphors, is inadequate in today's climate  —  Traditional political journalists were the last people to notice in 2016 that the world had changed.
Sebastian Murdock / HuffPost:
Texas judge declines to dismiss a defamation lawsuit against Alex Jones brought by the family of Sandy Hook victim Noah Pozner  —  A judge ruled against the Infowars host, who had argued his repeated attacks on the grieving parents were protected by the First Amendment.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Twitter will exempt news organizations that meet certain requirements from its political and issue advertising policy, leaving their ad buys out of its archive  —  Twitter says news organizations can apply to be exempt from its political and issue advertising policy as a part of a larger update …
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Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Twitter says some organizations that purchase ads related to political issues, like abortion or immigration, will need to disclose more info about themselves
Discussion: MediaNama, The Wrap and Engadget
n+1:
Social media, metrics, bad faith readers, columnists, instant and bad takes, blogosphere nostalgia, and online abuse have created an op-ed internet culture  —  Each this is not to say or in other words a dull sword wielded against willful misunderstanding  —  HAVE EDITORS EVER KNOWN SO MUCH about their readers?
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
Billy Penn, Denverite, and The Incline have a combined 1,500 paying customers, 60% of whom are recurring contributors after a shift to a reader supported model  —  The three sites together are “just south of 1,500 paying customers,” 60 percent of whom are signed up as recurring contributors …
Alanna Durkin Richer / Associated Press:
A California man has been arrested after allegedly threatening to kill Boston Globe staffers; prosecutors say he called employees the “enemy of the people”  —  BOSTON (AP) — A California man upset about The Boston Globe's coordinated editorial response to President Donald Trump's attacks …
Tim Peterson / Digiday:
Two months after launch, Instagram's IGTV remains an experiment for some publishers, without much dedicated investment until a revenue model becomes clearer  —  Discovery should have as good an idea as any media company as to how Instagram's IGTV is panning out for publishers.
PTI / Times of India:
WhatsApp rolls out radio campaigns across 46 Hindi stations in India asking users to check the veracity of the information they receive before forwarding  —  NEW DELHI: In a bid to crackdown on spread of fake news on its platform, WhatsApp on Wednesday said it is rolling …
H.G. Watson / Nieman Lab:
How the Winnipeg Free Press experimented with a feature outside its paywall that saw 24 reporters write stories over 24 hours, all having to do with food  —  What's the kind of story worth putting outside a hard paywall?  The kind of civic storytelling that shows that you're “covering the city like no one else.”
 
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Michelle Boorstein / Washington Post:
Amid increasing polarization, a look at the conservative Catholic media outlets used to publish the letter accusing the pope of knowing about sexual misconduct
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
CoinDesk has formed a new business unit called CoinDesk Productions to develop long-form documentaries and TV shows “rooted in crypto and blockchain technology”
Kali Hays / WWD:
For $1.5M, Interview magazine is sold back to Peter Brant, who put it through bankruptcy liquidation to wipe out $3.3M in debts to former employees and others
Discussion: artnet News
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Memo: Vox Media reorganizes its ad sales staff into an enterprise team for big accounts and a growth team for new business
Discussion: @djbentley
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Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Interview with Business Insider's Nicholas Carlson on moving some coverage to Insider.com and deepening Business Insider's reporting by hiring 47 new staffers
Mike Allen / Axios:
Trump's narrative of social media bias echoes his attempts to discredit mainstream media and could lead to the development of right-wing social media sites