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Quartz Africa Lynsey Chutel

A fake HuffPo blog about white male privilege cost its non-white female South Africa editor her job

The author (who wrote under a fake identity) said "he wrote the post to expose how poor fact-checking was in South African newsrooms and apologized for the damage he’d caused."

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Transcript of AP interview with Trump

"AP: I do want to talk to you about the 100 days.

TRUMP: Good."

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Trump’s fake war on 'fake news'

"The president puts on a big show of assaulting his 'opposition' in the news media. But inside the White House, it’s a different story."

Newsonomics Ken Doctor

Univision's big bet on e-commerce, built on Gawker's ashes

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Trump to host conservative media at reception

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Alisyn Camerota accuses Roger Ailes of sexual harassment

"...He said: ‘Well, I would have to work with you — I would have to work with you really closely — and it may require us getting to know each other better, and that might have to happen away from here. And it might have to happen at a hotel. Do you know what I am saying?’”

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WWD Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke

A profile of Justin B. Smith, CEO of Bloomberg Media

"We are very conscious of not outsourcing our core publishing and media business to the platforms. We are not especially keen on training consumers to consume our content on other platforms. We are definitely not keen on giving platforms control over our advertising relationships and commercial monetization opportunities."

NPR David Folkenflik

Ailes accuser says Fox News execs ordered eavesdropping on her digital devices

"A new lawsuit filed Monday by a suspended Fox News host accuses the network and senior executives of arranging to have her private communications spied on as part of a campaign of intimidation."

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BuzzFeed is building a team of writers to sell you stuff you didn’t know you wanted

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Before you can use the Freedom of Information Act for your research or reporting, you need to know how the act can serve you. FOIA applies to every federal agency, department, regulatory commission, government-controlled corporation and "other establishment" in the executive branch of the federal government. This includes:

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