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VICE lays off 15

VICE Media promoted Josh Tyrangiel to oversee the news division and announced it would lay off 15 in New York and L.A. "According to a tweet from Vice News foreign correspondent Harriet Salem, the entire editorial team in the United Kingdom was laid off, plus two foreign correspondents, including Salem."

Nieman Lab NICHOLAS QUAH

Podcast rankings are here

Podtrac announced Tuesday that it will release free monthly podcast rankings. One hitch — publishers have to opt in.

Slate Thomas C. Rubin

Another thing to worry about in the Facebook Trending Topics saga

Is a letter from Sen. John Thune of South Dakota asking for details on the editorial process a violation of the First Amendment? "Facebook is a publisher like any other."

Twitter Todd Sherman

Get ready for more characters on Twitter

"In the coming months we’ll make changes to simplify Tweets including what counts toward your 140 characters, so for instance, @names in replies and media attachments (like photos, GIFs, videos, and polls) will no longer 'use up' valuable characters."

Society of Environmental Journalists Jeff Burnside

Society of Environmental Journalists' executive director is stepping down

Beth Parke, SEJ's founding executive director, will step down from that role next year.

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Introducing The Washington Post's 'Global Opinions'

The Washington Post announced an expansion of its opinion section with "Global Voices." It's launching in Europe and will be led by Anne Applebaum.

Forbes Antoine Gara

New Tribune investor has some journalism-related patents

Tribune Publishing and NantWorks entered a licensing agreement for "over 100 machine vision and artificial intelligence technology patents for news media applications."

Adweek Emma Bazilian

Esquire's new editor is making room for women's voices

"When you have significant bylines who are women, significant photographers who are women, significant figures in the magazine who are women, you're actually mirroring what real life is," said Jay Fielden, Esquire's new editor.

Digiday Sahil Patel

The Players' Tribune now has a content studio

The digital home of first-person stories by athletes is now working with exclusively with Budweiser on sponsored content.

Committee to Protect Journalists Uncredited

Colombian journalist missing

Journalist Salud Hernández-Mor has been missing in Colombia since Saturday. Hernández-Mor writes for the daily El Tiempo and was reporting on human rights violations when she went missing.

In case you missed it

POLITICO HADAS GOLD

VICE lays off 15

VICE Media promoted Josh Tyrangiel to oversee the news division and announced it would lay off 15 in New York and L.A. "According to a tweet from Vice News foreign correspondent Harriet Salem, the entire editorial team in the United Kingdom was laid off, plus two foreign correspondents, including Salem."

Nieman Lab NICHOLAS QUAH

Podcast rankings are here

Podtrac announced Tuesday that it will release free monthly podcast rankings. One hitch — publishers have to opt in.

Slate Thomas C. Rubin

Another thing to worry about in the Facebook Trending Topics saga

Is a letter from Sen. John Thune of South Dakota asking for details on the editorial process a violation of the First Amendment? "Facebook is a publisher like any other."

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