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Is an Anti-Abortion Activist With a Camera a Journalist?

Source: Dahlia Lithwick, Slate. Posted Feb 03, 2016

That question is being debated after an incident between the Center for Medical Progress and Planned Parenthood. . . .

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Yahoo to Cut 15 Percent of Its Workforce

Source: Mike Snider, USA Today. Posted Feb 03, 2016

Struggling search engine company Yahoo Inc. said it plans to cut about 15% of its workforce as part of a $400 million cost-cutting effort intended to "simplify" the troubled Internet company. . . .

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Al Jazeera America Staffers Start Website to Boost Job Hunt

Source: Tom Kludt, money.cnn.com. Posted Feb 02, 2016

What do you do if you're a journalist faced with unemployment? If you're the digital staff at Al Jazeera America, you start a website and call it bestofajam.com. . . .

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With a Bet on a Platform Strategy, BuzzFeed Faces Business Challenges

Source: Lucia Moses, Digiday. Posted Feb 01, 2016

With the company shifting to a distributed model, Buzzfeed has to navigate a thorny transition, as it seeks to follow the Silicon Valley credo of upending your business before others do so for you. . . .

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Politico Co-Founders Set to Leave Company

Source: Michael Calderone, Huffington Post. Posted Jan 29, 2016

Politico CEO Jim VandeHei and chief White House correspondent Mike Allen will leave the news organization they helped launch nine years ago and built into a politics and policy juggernaut. . . .

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Snapchat Debuts Political Campaign Show

Source: STEVEN PERLBERG, WSJ.com. Posted Jan 29, 2016

Snapchat on Thursday launched a new political campaign show on its “Discover” page, another step into the news arena by the popular app known for its disappearing messages. . . .

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Bloomberg Staffer Quits Over Potential Coverage Issues

Source: Michael Calderone, HuffingtonPost. Posted Jan 28, 2016

Kathy Kiely, the Washington news director for Bloomberg Politics, resigned Wednesday over concerns the company could not adequately cover owner Michael Bloomberg's considerations about whether to run for president as an independent candidate. . . .

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Google Takes On Twitter By Integrating Real-Time Responses From Presidential Candidates

Source: Sarah Perez, techcrunch.com. Posted Jan 28, 2016

Google says the feature is meant to “level the playing field” as it lets the candidates share their ideas or positions – even if they didn’t have a chance to on stage. . . .

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Jeff Bezos on The Washington Post’s Digital Strategy and the Future of Print

Source: JOSEPH LICHTERMAN, Nieman Lab. Posted Feb 01, 2016

The Post and Amazon owner met with the paper’s staffers in a town hall meeting this morning. . . .

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Crowdfunded Journalism: A Small but Growing Addition to Publicly Driven Journalism

Source: Nancy Vogt, Journalism.org. Posted Jan 25, 2016

Over the past several years, crowdfunding via the internet has become a popular way to engage public support. The area of journalism is no exception. . . .

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