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"... the millennial news site has begun laying off between 20 and 30 editorial staffers this morning amid a larger reorganization of the company later this month."

Nieman Lab LAURA HAZARD OWEN

“The center-right…is the least represented portion of the media spectrum”

A summary of the new Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society report.

The Washington Post Margaret Sullivan

This week should put the nail in the coffin for ‘both sides’ journalism

"Winston Churchill — a politician with a moral core — disparaged this idea for all time: 'I decline utterly to be impartial as between the fire brigade and the fire.'"

Digiday Max Willens

How Shane Roberts is shaping Fusion Media Group’s commerce content

"Roberts, 31, is now the executive editor of commerce at Fusion Media Group, a hydra that includes Gizmodo Media Group (which owns Kotaku), the news site Splinter (formerly known as Fusion), The Root and The A.V. Club."

Recode ERIC JOHNSON

Chuck Klosterman wants you to talk about what he wrote — not how he wrote it

"The essayist and author of "Chuck Klosterman X" talks about Taylor Swift and the future of journalism on Recode Media with Peter Kafka."

The New York Times MICHAEL D. SHEAR and MAGGIE HABERMAN

Bannon mocks colleagues and ‘alt-right’ in interview

"People close to Mr. Bannon said he believed the comments were part of an off-the-record conversation with Robert Kuttner with The American Prospect that, according to the magazine, he initiated."

SPJ Ethics Committee Blog Andrew Seaman

Journalists should speak out against discrimination

"... we objectively know that discrimination based on sex, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability and other inherited traits is wrong. Journalists should feel free to say so and forcefully challenge people who believe otherwise."

Columbia Journalism Review Karen K. Ho

Study: Diversity in newsrooms has been bad for decades and it probably won’t get better

"According to the study, minority individuals (black, Asian, Hispanic, Native American, or other) accounted for one person on the 11-person masthead of The Washington Post, three people on the 18-person masthead of The New York Times, one person on the five-person masthead of NPR, three people on the 14-person masthead of the Chicago Tribune, and one person on the 14-person masthead of the Los Angeles Times."

The Associated Press John Daniszewski

How to describe extremists who rallied in Charlottesville

"The events in Charlottesville are an opportunity to take another look at our terminology around 'alt-right' and the way that we describe the various racist, neo-Nazi, white nationalist and white supremacist groups out there."

The Cleveland Plain Dealer Joey Morona

CNN won't air a Trump ad that attacks the media

"President Donald Trump's contentious relationship with CNN took another turn Tuesday when the network refused to air a new campaign ad unless changes are made."

The New York Times Eileen Sullivan and Maggie Haberman

Hope Hicks will be Trump’s interim communications director

"However temporary it is, it was the latest reshuffling in the White House and comes at a time when the president’s remarks on white supremacists were drawing fire from Democrats and Republicans."

CNN Money Dylan Byers

Bannon vs. Murdoch, Breitbart vs. WSJ: The proxy war over Trump

"Bannon, the chief White House strategist and former Breitbart chairman, has long seen Murdoch as a corrupting influence on the president: a globalist who jumped on the Trump bandwagon because he enjoyed the proximity to power."

Nieman Lab Ken Doctor

Lessons for the news media from Charlottesville

"The New York Times, The Washington Post, and ProPublica, among others, have risen to the national occasion. But they can’t be expected to grapple with the real, transcendent issues state by state, community by community."

Columbia Journalism Review Brendan Fitzgerald

The outrageous editorial by a Charlottesville daily that preceded violence

"Alongside its inept assignation of blame, the Progress editorial equivocates."

Rolling Stone Andy Greene

Jake Tapper on Trump, 'SNL' and old-school rap

"CNN anchor explains how he's angered both sides of the political debate and why his wife thought a controversial 'Saturday Night Live' skit was sexist."

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Business Insider Maxwell Tani

Mic is laying off staff as it prepares for a pivot to video

"... the millennial news site has begun laying off between 20 and 30 editorial staffers this morning amid a larger reorganization of the company later this month."

Nieman Lab LAURA HAZARD OWEN

“The center-right…is the least represented portion of the media spectrum”

A summary of the new Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society report.

The Washington Post Margaret Sullivan

This week should put the nail in the coffin for ‘both sides’ journalism

"Winston Churchill — a politician with a moral core — disparaged this idea for all time: 'I decline utterly to be impartial as between the fire brigade and the fire.'"

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