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You can virtually explore the Galápagos Islands this weekend with The Washington Post's latest 360 video series.

Digiday Garett Sloane

Thrillist is building a Snapchat team

"Thrillist wants to capture a piece of Snapchat’s 10 billion daily video views for its own branded content deals by eventually including the channel in its advertising packages."

The Wrap Itay Hod

L.A. Times reporter banned from 'Frozen' stage production

Disney disinvited L.A. Times reporter Hugo Martin from a live production of "Frozen" after Martin wrote about the company's new theme park in China.

SI.com RICHARD DEITSCH

Chris Berman will leave ESPN

The host of "Sunday NFL Countdown," "Monday Night Countdown" and more will leave ESPN after the 2016 NFL season.

POLITICO PETER STERNE

On Gawker's switch to covering politics

It's not Talking Points Memo. It's not POLITICO. "Gawker was always going to be about other shit. If I had to run a site that was only about the campaign, I’d lose my mind."

Student Press Law Center Jordan Gass-Poore'

Wyoming's Northwest College plans to eliminate journalism program

The Wyoming Education Association is working to get board members to reverse the ruling on the program. The student newspaper "has a history of clashes with college administrators."

POLITICO Jack Shafer

Donald Trump's evasiveness is destroying the interview

"Trump has figured out how to soften rather than sharpen public discourse every time he is interviewed, blurring it into yet another form of meaningless PR, and—if he continues—destroying a journalistic institution in the process."

The Guardian Roy Greenslade

Suddenly, national newspapers are heading for that print cliff fall

"Despite all the prior warnings, a harsh reality has suddenly kicked in. We are in the midst of a crisis."

POLITICO Media Peter Sterne and Kelsey Sutton

The fall of Salon.com

POLITICO Media dives deep into the trashing of a former progressive bastion and digital news leader. "While the details of Salon’s enormous management and business challenges dominate the internal discussion at the magazine, in liberal intellectual and media circles it is widely believed that the site has lost its way."

Gawker Nick Denton

Gawker founder urges truce with Peter Thiel

In an open letter Thursday evening, Gawker Media founder Nick Denton challenged Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel to an open debate as an alternative to bankrolling lawsuits against the company. "Peter, this is twisted. Even were you to succeed in bankrupting Gawker Media, the writers you dislike, and me, just think what it will mean."

In case you missed it

The Washington Post Uncredited

No travel plans this weekend? Take a 360 trip

You can virtually explore the Galápagos Islands this weekend with The Washington Post's latest 360 video series.

Digiday Garett Sloane

Thrillist is building a Snapchat team

"Thrillist wants to capture a piece of Snapchat’s 10 billion daily video views for its own branded content deals by eventually including the channel in its advertising packages."

The Wrap Itay Hod

L.A. Times reporter banned from 'Frozen' stage production

Disney disinvited L.A. Times reporter Hugo Martin from a live production of "Frozen" after Martin wrote about the company's new theme park in China.

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