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The Wall Street Journal Jonathan Randles

Gawker estate asks for probe of Peter Thiel

"Gawker on Tuesday asked a bankruptcy judge for permission to subpoena Mr. Thiel to obtain information upon which it may build a possible legal case against him."

Digiday Sahil Patel

As Google and Facebook rise, media rivals are becoming allies

"It’s happening at all levels — from big TV giants to small digital publishers — as media companies that normally compete for RFPs vie for at least some share of ad dollars."

CNN Tom Kludt

Fox News anchor joins lawsuit alleging racial discrimination

"The suit is now headlined by Kelly Wright, a black reporter and anchor who has been with Fox News since 2003. Wright claims that he 'has been effectively sidelined and asked to perform the role of a 'Jim Crow' — the racist caricature of a Black entertainer.'"

CNN Brian Stelter

Fox News' new, O'Reilly-free lineup debuts to O'Reilly-level ratings

"Fox News pulled out all the stops for its first night without Bill O'Reilly, and the network was rewarded with O'Reilly-like ratings."

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Lena Dunham takes Lenny Letter on tour

"We are coming to a city near you. Like, a city VERY near you. We are making it our mission to take Lenny IRL across America."

EducationShift Clare Milliken

How journalism education is changing

“I don’t see a lot of schools right now saying, ‘We’re not changing. I’m sorry, we’re just not changing. We’re just gonna stay the course.’”

The New York Times GENE SEYMOUR

‘Obit’ follows the team that writes death notices for The New York Times

"I’m not a salaried employee of The New York Times, so I’m allowed to say here that some of the finest writing in daily journalism can be found on The Times’s obituary pages."

The Washington Post Matt Bonesteel

ESPN layoffs are slated to begin this year

"The job cuts, which will come from the network’s sizable stable of on-air and online talent, have long been expected as ESPN looks to pare expenses in the wake of mounting subscriber losses and rising rights fees."

CNN Nick Valencia

Pioneer Latino journalist Cecilia Alvear dies

"Alvear, who died from cancer, achieved recognition through her advocacy for newsroom diversity. She was NBC's first Latina producer."

Medium Fergus Bell

A list of initiatives that hope to fix trust in journalism and tackle “fake news”

"I’m aware that individual organizations have set up their own initiatives but for this post I decided to only include projects which are open or involve more than one organization."

Playboy David Hochman

Ezra Klein...the Playboy interview

If Klein interviewed President Trump, he'd "keep the focus on some simple, straightforward questions: How does his tax plan work? How does his health care plan work? I think people get bored by that stuff, so they don’t ask."

The Atlantic ADRIENNE LAFRANCE

The problem with WikiTribune

"Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales’s new journalism site may be too ambitious for its own good."

NPR Press Release

Robert Siegel is stepping down as host of "All Things Considered"

"Robert Siegel's voice and signature reporting have been an essential part of NPR since he first arrived in Washington in 1976."

Tech Crunch Josh Constine

Facebook shows related articles and fact checkers before you open links

"Facebook says 'That should provide people easier access to additional perspectives and information, including articles by third-party fact-checkers.'"

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Quartz Emma Pierson and Alex Albright

We analyzed every “Modern Love” column from the past 10 years. Here’s what we learned about love

"'Modern Love' editor Daniel Jones says this comes as no surprise: 'Our news standards don’t allow for much in the way of describing sex acts in personal essays, so sex happens, yes, but off-screen,' he notes via email."

The Wall Street Journal Jonathan Randles

Gawker estate asks for probe of Peter Thiel

"Gawker on Tuesday asked a bankruptcy judge for permission to subpoena Mr. Thiel to obtain information upon which it may build a possible legal case against him."

Digiday Sahil Patel

As Google and Facebook rise, media rivals are becoming allies

"It’s happening at all levels — from big TV giants to small digital publishers — as media companies that normally compete for RFPs vie for at least some share of ad dollars."

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