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    Kavanaugh accuser will be heard; Rosenstein's future still uncertain

    Big day in Washington; Tucker Carlson's blunder; The City rises in NYC; Is Siri a racist?

    Today, Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Newsrooms such as NPR are trying to stay nimble on special coverage plans, as well as contingencies should the status of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein change after his meeting with President Trump — also today.

    "At least we have warning," said Beth Donovan, NPR's Washington Desk head, "unlike so many other days when we're juggling two massive stories."

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    For once-jailed journalist, the struggle is not over

    UMich community, librarians are helping a threatened journalist make case to stay in the U.S.; the empty promise of Apple News; a Minnesota reporter who reimagined her city

    Journalists were scandalized when the Trump administration jailed an award-winning Mexican journalist in Texas and sought to extradite him to the homeland he fled after death threats.

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    NYT partners with pollster, publishes interview results in real time

    Real-time polling; more Kavanaugh accusers; welcome to The Markup

    When The New York Times began publishing poll results as they were taken, it may have seemed surprising to readers accustomed to the considered “get it right before getting it first” approach of the Gray Lady.

    I asked the NYT’s Amanda Cox, of The Upshot, how the live surveys from state voter lists began. We also talked about surprises (new subscribers!) in this brief Q & A:

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    Once media's shiny new object, how will podcasts fare now?

    'Serial' back on top; 'Convicted on Twitter'; Sluggo is lit  

    Hours after the release of its new season, the path-breaking podcast "Serial" surged last night to the top of the iTunes charts.

    At BuzzFeed or Panoply, the days of wishing for their very own "Serial" may be over. On Wednesday, BuzzFeed fired its in-house audio "PodSquad" team and said it was winding up most of its podcasts. Last week, Panoply exited the podcast-making business, saying it would focus on hosting and ad tech for the medium. 

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    Letter to the Editor: Progress in digital transformation at McClatchy

    Your headline "As Wall Street sours on McClatchy ..." disagrees with the story and the truth: We just completed a major refinancing of our debt — a move made possible by confidence in our roadmap and vision.

    While you report on our stock price history since 2006, before the recession, it’s important to note the performance more recently. McClatchy shares have improved in value by 30 percent over the lowest trading price in the past 52 weeks.

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    Investigation by golf publication helps free wrongfully convicted man

    It’s not every day that Golf Digest helps free a wrongfully convicted man from prison.

    That’s what happened Wednesday in Buffalo, New York, when Valentino Dixon, incarcerated for 27 years, walked free.  

    Dixon wrote Golf Digest in 2012 about his collection of dreamlike, peaceful drawings of golf courses. The inmate drew them from his 6- by 10-foot cell in the Wende Correctional Facility.

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    ‘It’s not the 11th hour.’ Covering Kavanaugh

    Kavanaugh confirmation delayed; J-school applications up; giving employees the paper

    We’ll start with how media outlets are covering the aftermath of the Brett Kavanaugh news. The Supreme Court nominee’s chances have been rocked by an allegation of sexual assault. The accuser, research scientist Christine Blasey Ford, was just 15 years old at the time. She's willing to testify. So is Kavanaugh.

 
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