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4:25 PM ET, September 2, 2018

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Jay Rosen / FAZ.NET:
An American's thoughts about “pressthink”, the common sense of the journalism profession, in Germany, based on 53 interviews with members of the German media  —  I have been circulating among you since the first day of June, asking strange questions.  This is what I learned.
Julia Reinstein / BuzzFeed News:
CNN pulls three episodes of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown from CNN Go, two featuring Asia Argento and one directed by her, following sexual harassment claims  —  CNN has pulled episodes of Parts Unknown that featured Asia Argento from its streaming service following allegations …
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.
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: @tom_winter
Jeff Horwitz / Associated Press:
Documents show American Media lost $72M for year ending in March; NJ investment firm Chatham Asset Management owns over 80% of AMI and is backstopping its debt  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Enquirer has long explained its support for Donald Trump as a business decision based on the president's popularity among its readers.
Committee to Protect Journalists:
Iranian courts sentenced at least seven journalists to long prison sentences, public flogging, exile, and more for covering protests by a religious order  —  The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the harsh sentences Iranian authorities imposed on at least seven journalists …
Discussion: Voice of America and Iran HRM
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.
Discussion: @id4ro
Nic Fildes / Financial Times:
BBC, Sky, ITV, Channel 4, BT, and TalkTalk call for UK government to introduce independent regulatory oversight of the content carried over social networks  —  The heads of Britain's largest media and telecoms companies have called for the government to introduce independent regulatory oversight …
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.
 
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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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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
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
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