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Politico Hadas Gold

Blacklisted news organizations will join the Trump pool

"BuzzFeed, the Huffington Post, POLITICO and The Washington Post are among the blacklisted outlets that will be part of the pool rotation, which begins this week."

Honolulu Civil Beat Patti Epler

Honolulu Civil Beat introduces new internship program

"There’s no question that Hawaii needs more great journalists. So we’ve started a new highly structured and rigorous internship program to help train young journalists who are deeply committed to our craft and want to do the kind of work we value here at Civil Beat."

Digiday Lucia Moses

How The Dallas Morning News made a millennial-minded news app

"A key feature feature of the new app was My Feed, a news feed whose stories and alerts are customizable across 42 news topics. It came from the belief that millennials wanted complete control over their news feed, as they do with their social news feeds."

The Washington Post Erik Wemple

Fox News legal filing leaves host Bill O’Reilly dangling

"When a lawyer cautions against reading 'anything into' something, alas, it’s often a good idea to read a lot into it. Here, Fox News left its meal ticket, the host of cable news’ leading program for years, dangling in the margins of a damaging lawsuit."

Bloomberg Gerry Smith

Trump’s media ambitions may look more like TheBlaze than Fox News

"People close to the candidate have taken a preliminary look at Trump’s options to create a media business, according to people familiar with the matter, though there’s no serious effort right now."

CNN Money Seth Fiegerman

President Obama will guest-edit Wired

"What else can you possibly add to your resume after serving as president of the United States? Magazine editor, apparently."

PR Web Automated Insights

BBC Worldwide is now using an automatic language generator

"The natural language capabilities of Wordsmith will be a fantastic addition to our dashboards," said David Boyle, Executive Vice President Insight at BBC Worldwide. "It will allow us to get more people using data to make more decisions by cutting to the chase and telling people what they need to know, rather than relying on them to work it out by interpreting charts."

Columbia Journalism Review Anna Clark

In Flint, East Village Magazine has found new life

"And that holds true for the quiet glory of giving one’s time and talent to community journalism as well. Worth-Nelson used to go to the cluttered Second Street office on Sunday afternoons to proof her column."

Recode Peter Kafka

Yes, Facebook is a media company

"When you gather people’s attention and sell that attention to advertisers, guess what? You’re a media company. And you’re really good at it. Really, really good. Billions of dollars a quarter good."

Digiday Tanya Dua

Confessions of an ex-Facebook trending news curator

"It never seemed like anyone in the company ever actually understood what we did or understand how the topics were curated."

Digiday Lucinda Southern

The Telegraph built a tool that auto-creates graphics of Premier League goals

"We were trying to solve two problems: how to produce sports visualizations in real-time, and how to automate and save time."

The Washington Post Robert O'Harrow, Shawn Boburg, Drew Harwell, Amy Goldstein, Jerry Markon

Trump threatens additional lawsuits in Post interview

"Now, libel suits are very hard and I may look at that frankly if I get elected because it’s very unfair that somebody could write whatever they want to write and get away with it. And I will be bringing more libel suits as people — maybe against you folks."

Slate Will Oremus

How Facebook’s foray into automated news went from messy to disastrous

"...In its haste to mollify conservatives, the company appears to have rolled out a new product that members of its own trending news team viewed as seriously flawed."

Shorenstein Center Johanna Dunaway

Will mobile news accelerate the digital divide?

"Given that this disconnect falls along income, racial, ethnic, and occupational lines, the effect could be an acceleration of the divide between America’s haves and have-nots—this at a time when that divide is already a source of political concern and unrest."

Nieman Lab JOSHUA BENTON

The Washington Post open-sources its Trump reporting

"It is meant as a resource for other journalists and a trove to explore for our many readers fascinated by original documents."

In case you missed it

Politico Hadas Gold

Blacklisted news organizations will join the Trump pool

"BuzzFeed, the Huffington Post, POLITICO and The Washington Post are among the blacklisted outlets that will be part of the pool rotation, which begins this week."

Honolulu Civil Beat Patti Epler

Honolulu Civil Beat introduces new internship program

"There’s no question that Hawaii needs more great journalists. So we’ve started a new highly structured and rigorous internship program to help train young journalists who are deeply committed to our craft and want to do the kind of work we value here at Civil Beat."

Digiday Lucia Moses

How The Dallas Morning News made a millennial-minded news app

"A key feature feature of the new app was My Feed, a news feed whose stories and alerts are customizable across 42 news topics. It came from the belief that millennials wanted complete control over their news feed, as they do with their social news feeds."

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