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NBC’s D.C. Bureau Strongly Opposed Brian Williams’s Return in February

Source: Washington Post. Posted Apr 24, 2015

Journalists in NBC News’s powerful Washington bureau expressed strong opposition to the potential return of suspended anchorman Brian Williams during a contentious meeting with the head of the network’s news division in February. . . .

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Associated Press Posts First Revenue Gain in Six Years

Source: Associated Press. Posted Apr 22, 2015

The Associated Press boosted its revenue for the first time in six years in 2014, benefiting from special events and improved licensing of photo and video content, and the news cooperative said Wednesday that its profit soared. . . .

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Commentary: The Pulitzer Prize Scam

Source: Politico Magazine. Posted Apr 21, 2015

Jack Shafer writes: "Abandon everything you’ve ever been told about cynical journalists. If you want to melt the frozen heart of a reporter, just whisper in his ear that he’s a finalist in some journalism prize contest." . . .

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Why NBC's Richard Engel Is Telling a New Story About Syria Kidnapping

Source: MONEY.CNN.com. Posted Apr 16, 2015

NBC's Richard Engel has revised his account of his 2012 kidnapping in Syria -- something that probably never would have happened if Brian Williams hadn't become caught up in controversy over war zone exaggerations. . . .

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ESPN Suspends Reporter Britt McHenry Following Incident With Towing Company Employee

Source: Washington Post. Posted Apr 16, 2015

ESPN has suspended reporter Britt McHenry following the release of video in which she berates a towing company employee after her car was towed from a lot in suburban Washington, D.C. . . .

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The 10 Worst Countries for Journalists

Source: Committee to Protect Journalists. Posted Apr 23, 2015

Eritrea and North Korea are the first and second most censored countries worldwide, according to a list compiled by the Committee to Protect Journalists of the 10 countries where the press is most restricted. . . .

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BuzzFeed’s Censorship Problem

Source: CJR.org. Posted Apr 21, 2015

The recent resignation of an editor has put the popular website's editorial decisions into the national spotlight. . . .

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Journalists Shouldn’t Lose Their Rights in Their Move to Private Platforms

Source: Nieman Journalism Lab. Posted Apr 21, 2015

The shift to distributed content means concepts like fair use are increasingly in the hands of private companies — like SoundCloud. . . .

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