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Politico Jack Shafer

The 3 lame stories the press writes about every president

"Outside of rewriting stories their predecessors have written many times before, few Washington journalists ever get the joke."


Another defection from IJR

"Colin Chocola, a lead producer in IJR's video department, put in his two-week notice on Monday."

BuzzFeed Steven Perlberg

Breitbart has been denied permanent Congressional press passes

"The standing committee of the US Senate Daily Press Gallery wants Breitbart to clarify links to conservative nonprofit Government Accountability Institute as well as the involvement of Rebekah Mercer, whose family is an investor in the site."

The Huffington Post Uncredited

World's press calls on President Trump to stop targeting media

"Stop your 'fake media' claims, media tells Trump."


A profile of Aaron Klein, head of Breitbart Jerusalem

"Now, Breitbart Jerusalem, which is published only in English and is aimed at Americans and English-speaking Israelis, employs three full-time reporters, including Klein; several part-time reporters, two editors and two full-time researchers, including Klein’s brother, Joshua, who travels back and forth between Israel and the U.S."

CJR Tony Biasotti

How two sportswriters crowdfunded their way to $11,000 per month

"What happens when a solitary journalist tries a business model dependent on paying subscribers?"

The Atlantic Press release

The Atlantic is opening up a London bureau

James Fallows will be its first Europe editor.

Crains Matthew Flamm

Quartz brought in $30 million last year

And it made $1 million, as previously reported.

CNN Money Brian Stelter

Jon Lovett on Crooked Media: Biased but honest about it

"Obama speechwriter turned liberal podcaster Jon Lovett says podcasts are an alternative to the "dead language of cable news."

The New York Times Clyde Haberman

Recalling the epic battle for press freedom in the Nixon era

"Even though the revelations concerned events that occurred before he took office, President Richard M. Nixon was enraged. He rejected the notion that Americans deserved, almost by definition, to know how their leaders made life-or-death decisions."


Univision anchor: GOP Congress is shunning us

"After a year of feuding with Donald Trump, Univision is finding that Republicans are unwilling to appear on the network, according to Enrique Acevedo, the anchor spearheading Univision’s coverage of the Trump administration."

Digiday Lucia Moses

It's hard to make $100 million in digital media

" The stumbling comes because there are so many requirements. They have to have a unique audience, grow audience and engagement consistently, be differentiated, be meaningful on multiple platforms and improve margins..."

Digiday Jessica Davies

Subscription sales at the Times of London are way up since it ditched breaking news

"British newspaper The Times has seen subscriptions sales jump 200 percent in the last year, since it pivoted from publishing on a breaking-news cycle to a digital editions-based publishing strategy a year ago."

BuzzFeed Max Willens

How BuzzFeed gets its employees data-focused

"Plenty of publishers say they’re data-driven in their work. But at BuzzFeed, anybody on staff can query the massive pile of data they’re aggregating from the dozens of platforms and syndication partners they use to distribute content, and nearly half the company’s employees now pull data on a monthly basis."

In case you missed it

Politico Jack Shafer

The 3 lame stories the press writes about every president

"Outside of rewriting stories their predecessors have written many times before, few Washington journalists ever get the joke."


Another defection from IJR

"Colin Chocola, a lead producer in IJR's video department, put in his two-week notice on Monday."



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