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The New Republic Graham Vyse

Can journalists live without Twitter?

"As the social-media platform's struggles continue, we asked reporters and editors to imagine a world free of 140-character limits. They responded with equal parts horror and wonderment."

Digiday Ross Benes

For Axios, Apple News beats Google AMP and Facebook Instant Articles

"For politics and business publisher Axios, Apple beats Google and Facebook when it comes to platforms for a simple reason: It’s easier to monetize."

Nieman Lab Laura Hazard Owen

The Toronto Star, 'surprised by low numbers,' is shutting down Star Touch, its expensive tablet app

"The app’s shutdown is accompanied by layoffs of 29 full-time employees and one part-time employee."

Washingtonian Andrew Beaujon

The Washington Post’s new social media policy forbids disparaging advertisers

"You can be fired if your social-media activity 'adversely affects The Post's customers, advertisers, subscribers, vendors, suppliers or partners.'"

CNN Tech Kaya Yurieff

Facebook hits 2 billion monthly users

"It took the social network less than five years to go from 1 billion monthly users to 2 billion."

BuzzFeed Steven Perlberg

CNN on edge after Russia resignations

"CNN President Jeff Zucker sought to rally employees on Tuesday morning after three staffers resigned over the network’s retracted Russia story."

Committee to Protect Journalists Joel Simon

CPJ to use $50,000 Gianforte donated as part of body slam settlement to track other assaults on press

"We have joined forces with leading press freedom organizations including the San Francisco-based Freedom of the Press Foundation to work on a project that will document every major press freedom incident that occurs in this country."

The Australian Darren Davidson

Trump bump good for New York Times: Mark Thompson

"The New York Times chief executive Mark Thompson has credited US President Donald Trump with helping reinvigorate consumer interest in newspapers after subscriber growth hit record highs and the brand begins ramping up its ambitions for Australia."

The Guardian Andrew Vincent

How a Google tax could revive the local press

"Emily Bell... rightly identifies the collapse of local newspapers as a factor that allowed the housing safety crisis to run unchecked. That’s why the Green party wants to introduce what’s been dubbed a “Google tax” – a small tax on online advertising to fund local community-interest journalism."

Charlotte Observer Andrew Malcom

We’re politically divided and hateful. Maybe that’s the media’s fault too

"A CBS News Poll the other day revealed that a whopping three out of four Americans believe the current tone and lack of civility in U.S. politics and public discussions actually encourages violence among some people."

Press Gazette Zainab Mahmood

Journalist who launched awards to change media depiction of young people made MBE

"Tony Gearing, former journalist at The Independent and Daily Telegraph, has been made an MBE for showcasing achievements of young people in the UK by founding the Young People of the Year awards or ‘YOPEY’."

The Standard Emmanuel Yegon

TOP STORY: Cultivating the future of investigative journalism

"Investigative journalism requires that reporters deeply scrutinize a single topic of interest, such as serious crimes, political corruption, or corporate wrongdoing."

HoldtheFrontPage David Sharman

Students and journalists to do battle for regional media awards

"Media students and working journalists will compete against one another for the first time at a regional media awards event."

Columbia Journalism Review Jonathan Peters

Media opposes right-of-publicity bill: ‘an attack on the First Amendment’

"The hasty effort in New York to pass a right-of-publicity bill ended—for now—last week after the state assembly sponsor pulled his bill and the senate appeared unwilling to advance its own version until the assembly acted."

In case you missed it

Nieman Lab Ricardo Bilton

With a revamped CityLab, The Atlantic is making a bigger bet on niche media

"CityLab, The Atlantic’s site focused on urban development and innovation, is getting a big redesign Tuesday, joining a more refined editorial mission and more ambitious business goals."

The New Republic Graham Vyse

Can journalists live without Twitter?

"As the social-media platform's struggles continue, we asked reporters and editors to imagine a world free of 140-character limits. They responded with equal parts horror and wonderment."

Digiday Ross Benes

For Axios, Apple News beats Google AMP and Facebook Instant Articles

"For politics and business publisher Axios, Apple beats Google and Facebook when it comes to platforms for a simple reason: It’s easier to monetize."

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