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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."

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The problem with WikiTribune

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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

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Politico Media JACK SHAFER and TUCKER DOHERTY

The media bubble is worse than you think

"We crunched the data on where journalists work and how fast it’s changing. The results should worry you."

The Wall Street Journal Lukas I. Alpert

Politico names investment banker as new CEO

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Digiday Lucia Moses

How The New York Times plans to build a daily habit on Snapchat

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Digiday Ross Benes

Publishers say Facebook can save Instant Articles with better data and subscription tools

"Its critics say that Facebook has to do a better job of helping them monetize and connect directly to their readers. But Facebook can save IA by improving its subscription products, giving publishers more control over their inventory and providing more user data."

The New York Times Farhad Manjoo

Can Facebook fix its human problem?

"'When Facebook cares about something, they spin up teams to address it, and Zuck will come out and talk about it all the time,' one former executive told me. 'I have never heard of anything close to that on the filter bubble.'"

The New York Times MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM

Megyn Kelly’s first show for NBC will debut in June

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The Intercept Zaid Jilani

New state department spokesperson fronted Fox special on "stealth jihad"

"Nauert described the event as the 'minority becoming the majority at one community pool. Sharia law is now changing everything.'"

CNN Money Brian Stelter

In Trump era, Rachel Maddow starts beating Fox News

"Fox News normally ranks #1 among cable news channels. But lately MSNBC's Rachel Maddow has been challenging Fox at 9 p.m., the centerpiece of the prime time schedule."

Nieman Lab Ken Doctor

A Q-and-A with Lydia Polgreen on HuffPost's redesign

“Mobility is a crucial factor in our identity. I believe that sort of fundamental optimism of American identity is running out of gas…That fundamentally shifts our national character.”

Politico HADAS GOLD

Bill O'Reilly plans to turn podcast into 'genuine news program'

"'And then as we develop the website, we’ll have guests and things like that, and this will become longer and longer and longer, into a genuine news program. That’s the vision right now,' O'Reilly said."

In case you missed it

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."

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