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1. Convicted of fraud and obstruction of justice, media mogul Conrad Black was pardoned by President Trump Wednesday due to his “tremendous contributions to business." Black, who last year penned a book entitled "Donald J. Trump: A President Like No Other," "has attracted broad support from many high-profile individuals who have vigorously vouched for his exceptional character,” the White House said in its Executive Clemency announcement. A court ruled in 2007 that while overseeing a newspaper empire that included the Daily Telegraph, the Jerusalem Post, and the Chicago Sun-Times, Black siphoned off $6 milion from the sales of multiple publications. In his column for Canada's National Post, Black says that his friend claims that it wasn't Black's public praise of the president that prompted the pardon, just a desire to “expunge the bad rap you got.” - REUTERS

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2. A thief has allegedly sought to thwart distribution of San Francisco State's student paper. According to Managing Editor Monserrath Arreola, over 2,000 copies of the weekly have been stolen since they were issued on Tuesday, with hundreds discovered in on-campus trash cans. Employees of the paper suspect that the alleged dumpings are an effort to stem the spread of this report, which details sexual misconduct allegations against Dr. Serie McDougal. who was promoted to chair of the school's Africana studies department on Monday. "You guys literally just published a piece that can ruin a man’s life - [and] for what?" a woman reportedly told a staffer who was distributing papers earlier this week, while another says he was confronted by a woman who said "you’re ruining people’s lives." - GOLDEN GATE XPRESS

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3. Throwback Thursday: When Ernest Hemingway filed a $187K expense report. Before the writer had achieved ubiquity as everyone's go-to for examples of minimal prose, Hemingway paid his bills as a journalist, and was dispatched by various publications to cover wars across China, Spain, and elsewhere. By the time World War II had ended, Peter Moreira wrote for CJR this week, Hemingway was writing for Collier's, a now-defunct weekly which at the time had a circulation of 2.8 million. The mag had offered Hemingway a contract that offered him $3,000 per 2,500- to 3,500-word article, which per this inflation calculator means he was paid $43,559.32 per piece. (I'll let you sit there with that for a minute.)

While on the job covering the conflict, the then-married Hemingway began a relationship with another woman, was "physically and verbally abusive" to his current wife, and kept filing those lucrative reports from the front lines. Meanwhile, his relationship with Collier's disintegrated over matters like the forwarding of mail and editorial feedback. Then, on August 27, 1945, Hemingway submitted his expense report for his time at the magazine: Three type-written legal-sized sheets that included entries for $680 (that's $9,700 by today's standards) for a car and driver; $1,824 ($26,000) for entertainment expenses; and $220 ($3,100) for "laundry, newspapers and tips." The grand total was $13,436.75, which would be about $187,500 today. After a back-and-forth with his editor, Hemingway reluctantly agreed to $1,000 ($14,000 today) per article, for a total of $6,000 ($84,000). 

Friends, the next time you're quibbling with your boss about reimbursement (assuming you get reimbursed for anything these days!) you're welcome to share this report - that's what the little buttons below are for. Just remember, if you want to live like Hemingway, you gotta write like Hemingway...and if you want to get paid like Hemingway, these days you might want to choose another line of work. 

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4. Should publications shut down their comment sections? There's been a move afoot to dump comment sections on news org websites, with outlets like The Atlantic and NPR doing away with them completely. But journo Simon Owens says that that decision "should be considered one of the industry’s worst blunders," as pubs have now lost their "discussion" foothold to social media. Yeah, I don't know - I've overseen a number of high-comment sites, and the traffic they generated was pretty slight compared to the respources we had to devote to moderation. And given how malignant the remarks frequently are, one has to wonder if those are the readers whose loyalty we should hustle to retain. What do you think, does Owens have it right or are pubs making the right decision in closing comments down? Hit reply on this email and let me know what you think. - WHAT'S NEW IN PUBLISHING

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5. Anat Kamm, a former personal assistant in the Israel Defense Forces, is telling her side of a lawsuit she filed against Haaretz and reporter Uri Blau. In a decision issued last year, Justice Rahamim Cohen ruled that the paper and Blau didn't do enough to protect Kamm's identity after she leaked confidential documents regarding on military strategy. - CJR

6. The media needs to stop amplifying President Trump's nasty nicknames for his critics, Margaret Sullivan says. "Never again should one of these nicknames appear in the following ways: In a headline. In a media organization’s tweet. In a bottom-of-the-screen TV chyron. In a news alert," she writes. "It’s in those minimalist settings that they do the most harm." - WASHINGTON POST

7. In yet another move that could upend the fortunes of freelance photographers, Adobe is sending threatening notes to users of older versions of Creative Cloud, saying that they're no longer licensed to use the versions of Lightroom Classic, Photoshop, Premiere, Animate, and Media Director that shooters purchased and therefore assumed that they owned. “Please be aware that should you continue to use the discontinued version(s), you may be at risk of potential claims of infringement by third parties," the message read in part. - VICE

8. The editor of Illinois newspaper The State Journal-Register has resigned in an effort to stave off more layoffs. Angie Muhs was escorted from the newsroom of the GateHouse Media-owned pub after she served notice, with her colleagues following her out “as a show of respect and support." - ASSOCIATED PRESS

9. The Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism is seeking a Director of Career Services for its Student Career Program. In the role, you'd lead "a comprehensive professional development program for students and recent alumni" and pull together "journalism career events and advice sessions with industry professionals." - CUNYFIRST

10. The Gillette News Record has an opening for a reporter in its Wyoming newsroom. The family-owned daily says the position is an "ideal opportunity to receive top-notch coaching and editing while working with other talented professionals." - JOURNALISM JOBS

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Eve Batey, who pens Inside San Francisco and Inside Media for you five days a week, is a writer, editor, and consultant based in San Francisco. You can find her on Instagram at @evelb, or email her at eve@inside.com.

Editing team: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside); Susmita Baral (senior editor at Inside, who runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram); and David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology).

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