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4:10 AM ET, August 5, 2019

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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Journalists must change how they report on mass shootings by shining a light on solutions, insisting on more accountability from officials, and taking a side  —  Sadly, we in the news media know just how to do it.  —  When a mass shooting happens, even when it happens twice in a 24-hour period …
Alex Pappademas / New Yorker:
The Social Network trailer influenced the music in movie trailers with its choir cover of Creep; now many songs in trailers literally explain film plots  —  Every story, as movie trailers never tire of informing us, has a beginning.  The story of the cover-song trend in movie trailers began nine years ago …
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
Profile of Rui Pinto, Der Spiegel's “Football Leaks” source, now jailed in Portugal, who lawyers argue should have the same legal protections as whistleblowers  —  In 2016, a man who called himself John gave Der Spiegel, a German news magazine, 1.9 terabytes of data, or the equivalent of 500,000 Bibles.
Elizabeth Nolan Brown / Reason:
Section 230 of the CDA is the internet's First Amendment; repealing it would hurt online speech and marginalized groups more than it would hurt Big Tech  —  From Josh Hawley to Kamala Harris, online free speech is under attack.  —  Imagine, for a moment, the following series of online exchanges.
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Jessica Bennett / New York Times:
Playboy after the Hefner family: a young, socially conscious staff recruits female interviewers and photographers for its recently relaunched ad-free quarterly  —  The Hefners are gone, and so is the magazine's short-lived ban on nudity — as well as virtually anyone on the staff over 35.
Pak Yiu / AFP Correspondent:
A first-hand account of reporting in Xinjiang, China: suspicious people filming and following journalists, a fake car crash, roadblocks, and more  —  Kashgar, China — You expect to have problems when reporting on sensitive stories in China.  People following you, thugs blocking your way …
Maddy Myers / Kotaku:
E3 website leaks personal info, including addresses and phone numbers, of 2,000+ reporters and content creators; E3 has removed file but data still circulates  —  A spreadsheet containing the contact information and personal addresses of over 2,000 games journalists, editors …
Richard Fausset / New York Times:
A look at The Warroad Pioneer's 121-year history, the Minnesota paper's role in the community, and its last days, “a death by familiar cuts”  —  The Warroad Pioneer, a pillar of its small Minnesota town, ended its 121-year run with bloody marys, bold type and gloom about the void it would leave behind.
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
CNN analyst and Playboy correspondent Brian Karem says the White House suspended his press pass for 30 days; CNN says WH cited Karem's dispute with Seb Gorka  —  Playboy White House correspondent and CNN political analyst Brian Karem said today the White House has suspended his press pass for 30 days.
 
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Daniela Flamini / Poynter:
Internet shutdowns, which are on the rise by governments who say they're necessary to curb misinformation, can bar the dissemination of accurate information
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Ron Howard and Brian Grazer's Imagine Entertainment responds to the streaming age by splitting with Universal, raising cash to branch out into new content forms
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Luis Gomez / Medium:
Survey of 160 former journalists finds 58% left in the last 3 years, 18% in 2019; 45% had worked in the field for 10+ years; 87% worked in print at one point