Doug Mitchell with Next Generation Radio alumni at WHYY in Philadelphia. (Doug Mitchell/Next Generation Radio)

In the news this week, there’s another billionaire owner of a major metro newspaper, this time Patrick Soon-Shiong buying the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune in a fire sale from Tronc. The #releasethememo hashtag had a big groundswell of support on Twitter, but a researcher found that Russian bots were helping it go viral. And Facebook’s Instant Articles feature has lost nearly half of its original partner publishers, but has gained 29 publishers who are pushing fake news, and making money from – and for – Facebook. Our Metric of the Week is the Invisible Audience, and we go one-on-one with Doug Mitchell, founder of NPR’s Next Generation Radio, who’s launching a mentoring program for newsrooms to increase diversity.

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