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10:30 AM ET, March 19, 2015


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Financial Review:
News Corp raises stake in APN News to 14.99%; 30% of APN sold in $279M block trade  —  Rupert Murdoch's News Corp emerges with 14.9pc APN stake  —  of  —  About 30.8 percent of APN News & Media has been sold in $300 million block trade handled by Credit Suisse.  Robert Rough
Michael Pascoe / Sydney Morning Herald:
With its APN buy, is Rupert Murdoch's News Corp tuning in to radio?  —  Because his father controls the company with a voting gerrymander that would have made Joh Bjelke-Petersen blush, Lachlan Murdoch was made non-executive co-chairman of News Corp a year ago.  —  On Thursday he did something, buying 14.9 per cent of APN.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Facing a 24% decline in prime-time ratings year-to-date, MSNBC shakeup to focus more on news  —  As ratings plunge, MSNBC faces shakeup  —  Insiders say to expect more news, less bombast and, fresh voices.  —  It would be hard to imagine a news event better tailored to MSNBC's Venn diagram of …
One Mother Jones staffer arrested for trespassing near private La prison; second MoJo staffer worked at facility for 3 months, quit after colleague's arrest  —  Mother Jones: Staffer arrested photographing prison  —  Mother Jones magazine confirmed Wednesday that one of its journalists …
Ina Fried / Re/code:
StoryCorps, the project that preserves oral histories in US, uses $1M TED prize to release app and expand globally  —  StoryCorps Using $1 Million TED Prize to Become an App and Go Global  —  For the past decade, StoryCorps has amassed more than 65,000 recordings of ordinary individuals interviewing …
Roger Yu / USA Today:
USA Today offering buyouts to about 15%, or 90 of 600 staffers, who are 55+ and have been with the company for 15+ years  —  USA TODAY offers buyouts to veteran staffers  —  USA TODAY announced Wednesday that it will offer buyout packages to veteran employees to trim staffing …
Egyptian court adjourns trial of Al Jazeera journalists to March 25  —  (Reuters) - An Egyptian court adjourned until March 25 the trial of two Al Jazeera television journalists after hearing witness testimony on Thursday.  —  The pair are charged with aiding a terrorist organisation, a reference to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Associated Press:
Two Myanmar Post journalists sentenced to two months in prison for defamatory quote  —  Myanmar court jails 2 journalists for defamation  —  YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A Myanmar court sentenced two reporters to two months in prison on charges of defamation, in the latest ruling that raises concerns …
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Ethical questions rise after The Jinx's filmakers wait six months to contact authorities  —  Durst murder case: When should the media go to the police?  —  NEW YORK (AP) — It was a filmmaker, not police, who uncovered a crucial piece of evidence in the murder case against Manhattan real estate millionaire Robert Durst.
Globe and Mail:
Montreal media company Gesca sells six of seven regional newspapers to focus on its flagship daily, La Presse  —  Desmarais-owned Gesca sells six papers as La Presse+ takes off  —  MONTREAL and TORONTO — The Globe and Mail  —  Desmarais-owned Gesca Ltée is selling its six regional newspapers …
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
How The Irish Times developed its new (very relaxed) metered paywall  —  DUBLIN — On February 23, The Irish Times erected a metered paywall on its website, making it the first major daily Irish newspaper to do so. … In the United States, newspaper paywalls are familiar [pick one: annoyances, understandable business choices] by now.
Latika Bourke / Sydney Morning Herald:
Media companies welcome extra protections for journalists as metadata laws pass the lower house  —  Metadata never worried Tony Abbott the journalist  —  The Prime Minister says reporters need not fear police accessing their metadata to identify their sources- he never worried about his own metadata …
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