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Gabriel Sherman joins Vanity Fair

“Gabe is one of the finest and gutsiest reporters at work today, and I’ve admired his achievements for years."

Cogan Schneier The National Law Journal

Immigrant bail bond company sues BuzzFeed for $5 million

"'The defamatory statements tend to injure Nexus in its business trade as the allegations call into question the proper operation of Nexus' business,' the company's complaint said. 'Additionally, the statement subjects Nexus to distrust, scorn, ridicule, hatred, and contempt.'"

The New York Times PETER BAKER

What it's like to interview President Trump

"Whatever else he is, Mr. Trump is a news machine. He generates headlines every time he speaks. He has made the White House press corps a growth industry."

Digiday Sahil Patel

Twitter plans to shut down SnappyTV in favor of new TV-clipping tool

"In recent weeks, Twitter has notified a handful of TV broadcasters and other SnappyTV users that it plans to 'sunset' SnappyTV, most likely by the end of the year, sources said. The new SnappyTV-like product would be an improved version of SnappyTV, sources said."

The Guardian Mark Sweney

Guardian Media Group cuts losses by more than a third

"Publisher of the Guardian and Observer says paid membership numbers more than quadrupled in the last financial year."

Columbia Journalism Review Timothy Pratt

‘Immigration is vital content’ for local Spanish-language papers

"Within minutes, another text arrives: 'ICE came and took my brother and sister and I don’t know where they are. What should I do?'"

National Press Photographers Association Uncredited

NPPA adds anti-harassment standard to Code of Ethics

"The board unanimously passed the resolution and acknowledged that harassing colleagues and subordinates, whether in the form of intimidation, sexual harassment, or harassment on the basis of race, religion, gender or national origin, is an insidious form of professional misconduct that harms the careers of those who are subjected to it."

The Washington Post Philip Rucker and Ashley Parker

New communications director moves toward possible staff purge at White House

"In consultation with confidants inside and outside the administration, Scaramucci has begun undertaking an audit of the White House’s dozens of press and communications staffers."

Vanity Fair JOE POMPEO

The agony and anxiety at The New York Times

"Despite a historic run, unease is now gripping the paper as a large-scale reorganization (physical, personnel, and psychic) looms. 'The mood at the paper is poisonous in a way I’ve never seen it in the past 15 years,' as one editor put it.'"

Business Insider Maxwell Tani

A handful of Democratic lawmakers are trying to break through on Fox News

"'In my district, when I go on Rachel Maddow, I hear about it from my liberal friends,' Maloney said. 'When I go on Fox, I hear about it from everyone else.'"

The Washington Post Erik Wemple

‘Fox & Friends’ issues ‘update’ on New York Times-ISIS flap. No apology.

"Missing from Doocy’s presentation was what the New York Times had requested: an apology for the remarks of 'Fox & Friends Weekend' hosts, one of whom suggested that the newspaper was working against the interests of the United States."

Town and Country Magazine CAROLINE HALLEMANN

Here's your first look at Meryl Streep as Katharine Graham in The Post

"I think my grandmother would be incredibly flattered that Meryl Streep was playing her. Who wouldn’t be?"

The Hill JACQUELINE THOMSEN

Trump accuses Washington Post of being 'lobbyist weapon' for Amazon

"'The Amazon Washington Post fabricated the facts on my ending massive, dangerous, and wasteful payments to Syrian rebels fighting Assad…..,' Trump first tweeted."

Washington City Paper LIZ GARRIGAN

Alexa Mills named new City Paper editor

"Mills is equal parts fearless reporter, digital geek, and delightful weirdo. The paper will no doubt flourish under her thoughtful watch."

HuffPost Michael Calderone

The New York Times doesn’t get its apology from ‘Fox & Friends’ over ISIS segment

“'For all of their hyperventilating to the media about a correction,' the statement continued, 'the New York Times didn’t reach out to anyone at Fox News until Sunday afternoon for a story that ran Friday night.'"

In case you missed it

Politico HADAS GOLD

Gabriel Sherman joins Vanity Fair

“Gabe is one of the finest and gutsiest reporters at work today, and I’ve admired his achievements for years."

Cogan Schneier The National Law Journal

Immigrant bail bond company sues BuzzFeed for $5 million

"'The defamatory statements tend to injure Nexus in its business trade as the allegations call into question the proper operation of Nexus' business,' the company's complaint said. 'Additionally, the statement subjects Nexus to distrust, scorn, ridicule, hatred, and contempt.'"

The New York Times PETER BAKER

What it's like to interview President Trump

"Whatever else he is, Mr. Trump is a news machine. He generates headlines every time he speaks. He has made the White House press corps a growth industry."

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