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McClatchy vice president Christian Hendricks, 54, to retire

"'Chris is a valued and respected leader at McClatchy and in the digital media industry,' said Craig Forman, McClatchy president and CEO. 'Chris has played an integral role in helping McClatchy transform into the digital media company it is today. We wish him and his family well as he embarks on a new life adventure.'"

Business Insider Nathan McAlone

Wall Street Journal staffers send letter criticizing lack of diversity in upper ranks

"Diversity in the newsroom is good for business and good for our coverage,...We would like to see The Journal undertake a more comprehensive, intentional and transparent approach to improving it."

The New York Times STEPHEN HILTNER

‘To the editor’: what happens when readers write back?

"...Despite the many competing platforms that now allow for the public airing of opinions and grievances — the endless chatter on Facebook and Twitter, a given article’s online comments — The Times’s letters section is as robust a forum as ever."

CJR Bastian Obermayer

A stunning scoop landed in my lap. Here’s why we looped in dozens of other newsrooms.

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The Washington Post Paul Farhi

Sean Hannity thinks viewers can tell the difference between news and opinion. Hold on a moment.

"Programs such as Hannity’s and others on cable news are often a mix of many things — news, commentary, analysis and pure, unadulterated opinion."

Texas Monthly DAN SOLOMON

BuzzFeed is opening a Texas office

It'll be based in Austin (because of course).

Politico Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman

Newsrooms are beefing up their security

"In the past few weeks, McClatchy Newspapers’ DC bureau has begun requiring employees to swipe their key cards to access their floor in their downtown D.C. building (which also houses the WSJ)."

Nieman Lab Jay Rosen

This is what a news organization built on reader trust looks like

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Nieman Lab Ken Doctor

Can Dutch import De Correspondent conquer the U.S.?

"It’s built a membership-driven model that produces trust, connection, and good journalism. But can it extend that approach to the hurly-burly of the American media market?"

The New York Times SYDNEY EMBER

Tronc feud escalates as billionaire investor demands access to records

"The move escalates an increasingly public feud between Dr. Soon-Shiong, Tronc’s vice chairman, and Michael W. Ferro Jr., its nonexecutive chairman, who have vied to increase their stakes in the company in apparent attempts to outmaneuver each other for control."

The Wall Street Journal FELICIA SCHWARTZ

State Department press briefings have been suspended

"Officials said the on-camera briefings won’t resume for at least two weeks as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson moves to get a permanent spokesperson in place."

The Washington Post Aaron Blake

David Fahrenthold wins the Toner Prize

"Fahrenthold’s extensive series on the Trump Foundation aimed to match Trump’s claims of big charitable giving with actual records. It revealed there was often a chasm between Trump’s rhetoric and reality."

Vox Matteen Mokalla

We're the only daily news source in our part of rural Alaska. Trump's budget would devastate us.

"Among those broadcasters were some 162 radio stations that serve rural communities with the mandate 'to provide all Americans with free, over-the-air access to public broadcasting's programming and services.'"

CNN Dylan Byers

Conservative media at a crossroads early in Trump era

"Much of conservative media rallied behind Donald Trump in 2016. Now that he's struggling to live up to some of his promises as president, the relationship is fast becoming more complicated."

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Nashville Scene STEVE CAVENDISH

Gannett slashes staffs at Tennessee papers

"...Sources tell the Scene that 17 staff members were eliminated in the newsroom, including seven digital producers, two photographers, two reporters, one clerk and five editors."

PR Newswire McClatchy

McClatchy vice president Christian Hendricks, 54, to retire

"'Chris is a valued and respected leader at McClatchy and in the digital media industry,' said Craig Forman, McClatchy president and CEO. 'Chris has played an integral role in helping McClatchy transform into the digital media company it is today. We wish him and his family well as he embarks on a new life adventure.'"

Business Insider Nathan McAlone

Wall Street Journal staffers send letter criticizing lack of diversity in upper ranks

"Diversity in the newsroom is good for business and good for our coverage,...We would like to see The Journal undertake a more comprehensive, intentional and transparent approach to improving it."

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