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Co-founder and editor of new tech watchdog site The Markup abruptly departs

Julia Angwin, a former Wall Street Journal and ProPublica reporter, said she was fired over email on Monday night, less than three months before the site’s planned launch in July. Angwin claims that Sue Gardner, The Markup’s CEO and co-founder, was “seeking to change the mission of the newsroom to one based on advocacy against the tech companies…a ‘cause’ rather than a ‘publication.’” Gardner denied that was true but has not offered further details about Angwin’s departure, citing HR issues. At the time of publication, five reporters out of seven had resigned from The Markup in protest. (New York Times, Nieman Lab)

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