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Taffy Brodesser-Akner to join staff of culture and NYT Mag

"We are delighted to announce that Taffy Brodesser-Akner will be joining us as a features writer for Culture and a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine."

Mic Kelsey Sutton

Conservative columnist Bret Stephens joins MSNBC

"Bret Stephens, a conservative columnist from the New York Times, has joined MSNBC and NBC as an on-air contributor."

Columbia Journalism Review Regina H. Boone

Why I’m devoting a year to helping black newspapers survive

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Columbia Journalism Review Corey Hutchins

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Digiday Lucinda Southern

How Bloomberg is proving to advertisers its branded content works

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Digiday Lucia Moses

Inside the Facebook team that’s charged with keeping publishers happy

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Media Shift Ginger Gorman

Journalism rip off: Is it ‘following up,’ lifting or straight up plagiarism?

"To me plagiarism like this has very severe implications for an industry that is already in trouble. It also has massive implications for democracy as a whole. Which crucial stories will never be told if this behavior continues?"

Mediaite Joseph A. Wulfsohn

Tucker Carlson, Mark Steyn mock CNN’s Brian Stelter for ‘converting’ journalists into a ‘victim group’

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Politico Hadas Gold

Trump seizes the advantage in war with media

"As he escalates his attacks on the 'failing media,' Trump and his allies are increasingly convinced that recent evidence, including the retracted CNN piece on an aspect of the Russia investigations, will prove to skeptical voters that the mainstream media has a vendetta against the administration."

CNN Tom Kludt

Outgoing GOP congressman Jason Chaffetz to join Fox News

"The network announced Wednesday that Chaffetz, a Republican congressman from Utah who announced last month that he will resign from Congress at the end of June, will join in a contributor role."

Variety Daniel Holloway

MTV News shifts toward video, targets younger audience (EXCLUSIVE)

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Townhall Christine Rousselle

Trump's Disney world drama continues; VICE retracts articles

"In what is shaping up to be one of the odder stories regarding the Trump presidency, VICE has retracted two stories related to President Donald Trump's audio-animatronic presence in the Walt Disney World attraction 'Hall of Presidents.'"

CNN Kevin Liptak and Allie Malloy

White House disinvites press from fundraiser

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CNN Brian Stelter and Tom Kludt

News outlets respond to Trump's intensifying war on media

"The President is telling people not to believe the journalists who are reporting on the bill. Meanwhile, he is declining to give interviews about health care or any other subject."

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Digiday Max Willens

Instagram video is soaring for publishers

"Publishers are piling into Instagram video. Fifteen months after the Facebook-owned platform raised the maximum length on a video from 15 seconds to one minute, video has become a central area of focus for publishers there, according to NewsWhip data."

The New York Times Danielle and Jake

Taffy Brodesser-Akner to join staff of culture and NYT Mag

"We are delighted to announce that Taffy Brodesser-Akner will be joining us as a features writer for Culture and a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine."

Mic Kelsey Sutton

Conservative columnist Bret Stephens joins MSNBC

"Bret Stephens, a conservative columnist from the New York Times, has joined MSNBC and NBC as an on-air contributor."

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