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5:05 AM ET, September 2, 2018

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 Top News: 
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 …
Renee DiResta / Wired:
As politicians accuse search and social media firms of censorship, the real focus should be on opaque algorithms and reckless amplification of harmful content  —  THE ALGORITHMS THAT govern how we find information online are once again in the news—but you have to squint to find them.
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.
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 …
Daniel Funke / Poynter:
A look at harassment campaigns and death threats Italian fact-checkers like David Puente face after debunking high profile viral hoaxes  —  David Puente has been a debunker for years.  —  From his home in Udine, Italy, he has investigated misinformation — its origins, authors and distribution methods — in his free time since 2014.
Austin Smith / Nieman Lab:
Overview of progress in digital growth and direct reader support at newspapers owned by civic-minded billionaires, including WaPo, Star Tribune, Boston Globe  —  In the post-disaggregation era of local news, several individual newspapers have been purchased by very wealthy men …
Discussion: Narrow Path
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
A look at Liker, a social networking site from the founder of Occupy Democrats Facebook page, which is now filled with inaccurate claims about Trump  —  In the world of the anti-Trump Facebook #Resistance, no one has a bigger soapbox than Omar Rivero, the founder of the Occupy Democrats Facebook page.
Daniel Funke / Poynter:
Study of 299 US adults shows that when people are exposed to tweets containing “fake news”, their ability to tell real from fraudulent stories decreases  —  Russian trolls?  Fake news.  —  Hate speech?  Fake news.  —  Iranian disinformation?  Fake news.
Discussion: @dangillmor
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?
 
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Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
Sources: Trump's Rose Garden videos are meant to make him feel good, remind him of his earlier digital media virality, and allow him to control the aesthetics
Discussion: Observer
Emily Dugan / BuzzFeed:
In 2017, the UK's Home Office created a rapid response strategy to solve immigration cases that made headlines; critics say it creates a double standard
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
Discussion: MarTechSeries
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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
Michelle Boorstein / Washington Post:
Amid increasing polarization, a look at the conservative Catholic media outlets that published the letter accusing the pope of knowing about sexual misconduct
Sebastian Murdock / HuffPost:
Texas judge declines to dismiss a defamation lawsuit against Alex Jones brought by the family of Sandy Hook victim Noah Pozner
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”