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Unable to find a replacement for its executive director, the Sunlight Foundation will look to merge with another organization

You might have heard: After two years leading the Sunlight Foundation, executive director Christopher Gates stepped down in January (Poynter) But did you know: After its former executive director Christopher Gates left the organization earlier this year, the Sunlight Foundation’s board considered about two dozen candidates as his replacement. But none of those candidates “persuaded […]

The Washington Post becomes the first paper to call for the prosecution of its own source

You might have heard: The Washington Post’s editorial board called for the prosecution of Edward Snowden, saying that only one of the government programs Snowden revealed was in the public interest (Washington Post) But did you know: Three out of the four news organizations that received NSA documents from Edward Snowden have called for the […]

Vice promised assignments to freelancers and later rescinded them, failed to pay freelancers, and used fixers on stories without intending to pay them

You might have heard: Being a freelance journalist comes with its own challenges, such as not getting regular feedback on your work and not having as many rights with companies as a full-time employee would But did you know: “Freelancers have grown accustomed to being treated like disposable cogs of news production,” and Yardena Schwartz […]

Trying to get rid of human bias in its trending topics, Facebook will no longer employ humans to write descriptions for the section

You might have heard: Former Facebook news curators told Gizmodo they regularly suppressed conservative news from the site’s trending news section, butFacebook says it found no systematic bias in its own investigation But did you know: Facebook will no longer employ humans to write the descriptions for its trending topics section, and has laid off […]

Univision is buying Gawker Media and its seven sites for $135 million

You might have heard: The auction for Gawker Media was expected to draw bidders such as New York Magazine and Penske Media, and Univision is trying to diversify and expand its audience through acquisitions But did you know: Despite the buzz around the sale, the auction for Gawker Media on Tuesday drew only two bidders: […]

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