Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Medium now has four branded-content partnerships, is looking to fund more content creators; comScore measures about 3M monthly uniques — Medium is courting writers and advertisers. But will the dollars follow? — Medium was created by Twitter's founders, gets contributions from notables …
Discussion: FishbowlNY and Appsoko-Trending News
Alex Sherman / Bloomberg Business:
Streaming's quick adoption may force cable companies to compete with each other, which they've avoided in the past — Why the Cable Companies You Hate May Be Forced to Compete Online — (Bloomberg) — The largest U.S. cable companies may be approaching a cliff they've long tried to avoid — competition with each other.
Al Jazeera English:
Nigeria releases detained Al Jazeera journalists — Ahmed Idris and Ali Mustapha leave Maiduguri, where they were detained and are now at the network's office in Abuja. — Ahmed Idris and Ali Mustapha have now completed the journey back to Al Jazeera's bureau in Abuja [Al Jazeera]
Discussion: allAfrica.com and Premium Times Nigeria
Akinwunmi King / allAfrica.com: Nigerian Military Frees Aljazeera's Journalists
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
Writer of Rolling Stone UVA rape story, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, expected to release apologetic statement Sunday night — Whatever came of the author of the botched Rolling Stone rape article? — Her tweet from late November reads likes it's in suspended animation, written in the calm before the storm.
Discussion: Mediaite, @brianstelter, @jayrosen_nyu, Poynter, Washington Post and The New York Observer
Evan McMurry / Mediaite: Rolling Stone and Sabrina Erdely to Apologize for and Take Down Discredited Rape Article
Brian Stelter / @brianstelter: ICYMI: here's what I reported on CNN about @RollingStone's discredited rape story. + @genevaoh discussion — watch: http://cnnmon.ie/1Gzb9gE
Jay Rosen / @jayrosen_nyu: So @brianstelter reports: Sabrina Erdely will apologize tonight, Rolling Stone will take down its story, confess to a “systematic failure.”
Kristen Hare / Poynter: On Sunday night, we'll get that review of Rolling Stone's ‘A Rape On Campus’
Erik Wemple / Washington Post: Rolling Stone U-Va. story: What happens when you mix tight FOIA laws with bad reporting?
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer: Columbia Will Release Rolling Stone Report on Easter Sunday
Winston Ross / Newsweek:
Confessions of a vulture journalist seeking a story at the Germanwings crash site — Confessions of a Vulture Journalist — By the time I arrived at the staging area in the French Alps last week, I was a day late to the biggest story in the world. German Chancellor Angela Merkel …
Discussion: @jayrosen_nyu, @marklittlenews and @patomahony1
Jay Rosen / @jayrosen_nyu: ‘Confessions of a Vulture Journalist.’ http://www.newsweek.com/... Hungry for a story at the scene of some horrible mishap.
Mark Little / @marklittlenews: Confessions of a Vulture Journalist ... breaking news is broken http://www.newsweek.com/...
Shannon Bond / Financial Times:
A look at the Newhouse family's media empire as it prepares to sell Brighthouse and get part of Charter — Newhouse family enters cable's top tier — The Newhouse family's media empire spans the glossy magazines of Condé Nast, a clutch of local US newspapers and a controlling stake …
Wall Street Journal:
Disney to invest $250M in fantasy sports site DraftKings, valuing company at $900M; DraftKings commits to spending over $500M on ESPN ads — Disney to Invest $250 Million in Fantasy Site DraftKings — Walt Disney Co. is investing $250 million in online fantasy sports business DraftKings Inc. …
Discussion: The Wrap, @danprimack, @ourand_sbj, @shaliniwsj, @pkafka, @joebrennanjr, PandoDaily, VentureBeat, SportsBusiness Daily and Forbes
John Ourand / @ourand_sbj: SBJ: DraftKings will sign a 3-year ad commitment that will pay hundreds of millions to ESPN, sources said. http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/ ...
Shalini Ramachandran / @shaliniwsj: Big draw for Disney: DraftKings has committed to spend ~$500 million in ads on ESPN's platforms in the coming years. http://on.wsj.com/1Dw1NmV
Peter Kafka / @pkafka: Neat trick! Disney invests $250mm in fantasy sports site DraftKings - which then has to spend $500mm on Disney ads. http://blogs.wsj.com/...
Joe Brennan Jr / @joebrennanjr: This should read “DraftKings pays ESPN $250 million to take 20% equity stake”. Where will DK get the other 250? http://blogs.wsj.com/...
Dennis Keohane / PandoDaily: Can a risky deal with DraftKings help MLB reconnect with young fans without selling its soul?
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: Disney invests $250M in online fantasy sports startup DraftKings, claims report
Darren Heitner / Forbes: DraftKings And Major League Baseball Extend Exclusive Partnership
Walt Hickey / FiveThirtyEight:
Tidal is selling itself on high-fidelity sound, but exclusive access to artists may provide its success or failure — Tidal May Live Or Die On One Thing, And It's Not High-Fidelity Sound — Jay Z launched a new music streaming service, Tidal, this week with a somewhat bizarre press conference.
Discussion: @mathewi, The Wrap, Mashable, The FADER and Globe and Mail
Mathew Ingram / @mathewi: It's articles like this one about Tidal that make me wonder what Five Thirty Eight is all about any more: http://fivethirtyeight.com/...
Yohana Desta / Mashable: Why Tidal's $19.99 premium service isn't for everyone
Lincoln Michel / Electric Literature:
Q&A with BuzzFeed Literary Editor Saeed Jones, who will lead literary magazine launching 2016 — BuzzFeed Launches Emerging Writers Fellowship: An Interview with Literary Editor Saeed Jones — BuzzFeed is going literary. The ever-growing media company launched BuzzFeed Books in December of 2013 …
Discussion: @thelincoln, @theferocity, @clmporg, @bimadew, @jamilsmith, @theferocity, @lisalibrarian, bookforum.com, FishbowlNY and BuzzFeed
Lincoln Michel / @thelincoln: The @BuzzFeed Emerging Writer Fellowship does it right: instead of unpaid internship, close mentorship + $12k stipend http://electricliterature.com/ ...
Saeed Jones / @theferocity: Are you the next @rgay or Hilton Als? Are you ready to set your gaze on American culture? Let's talk. http://electricliterature.com/ ...
Clmp / @clmporg: BuzzFeed Launches Emerging Writers Fellowship: An Interview with Literary Editor Saeed Jones, @theferocity http://electricliterature.com/ ...
Bim Adewunmi / @bimadew: BuzzFeed is launching a 4-month fellowship program for emerging writers, with a $12,000 stipend. See here for deets: http://electricliterature.com/ ...
Jamil Smith / @jamilsmith: Glad to learn @BuzzFeed's new literary editor is @theferocity, and that he'll be opening doors for many others. http://pocket.co/sowBhe
Saeed Jones / @theferocity: I'm becoming @BuzzFeed's Literary Editor, launching a fellowship program for emerging writers and soon - a lit mag. http://electricliterature.com/ ...
Lisa Hinchliffe / @lisalibrarian: Impressed w BuzzFeed. “You can't expect someone to do their best work if they're exhausted and broke."http://electricliterature.com/ ...
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY: BuzzFeed Offers Emerging Writers Fellowship
Jared Malsin / Columbia Journalism Review:
Seymour Hersh on My Lai and the state of investigative journalism — In 1968, a group of American soldiers massacred more than 500 unarmed Vietnamese civilians in a village known in the Army as “Pinkville.” The following year, a young American reporter exposed the massacre in what became …
Discussion: @alicesperi, @dancow, @cheeky_geeky, @jasonleopold, @billgertz and Politico
Alice Speri / @alicesperi: Seymour Hersh: “I screamed at The New York Times this morning” http://www.cjr.org/... via @cjr
Dr. Mark D. Drapeau / @cheeky_geeky: Really great interview with Seymour Hersh about the art of investigative reporting. Fun fact: He reads Gawker. http://www.cjr.org/...
Jason Leopold / @jasonleopold: Sy Hersh: “What if I told u for dozens of generations that there was a civil war in Yemen. Bet you didn't know that” http://www.cjr.org/...
Bill Gertz / @billgertz: Late NYT editor Abe Rosenthal to Sy Hersh: “How's my little commie? What do you have for me?” http://www.cjr.org/...
Malaysian cartoonist charged with 9 counts of sedition — KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian cartoonist known for lampooning the ruling coalition was charged Friday with nine counts of sedition over a series of tweets criticizing the country's judiciary.
Zunar Cartoonist / @zunarkartunis: Cartoon Zunar: Until last drop! pic.twitter.com/caunwHy3xF
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
Winnipeg Free Press to roll out paywall charging C$0.27 per article or C$17 unlimited per month — The Winnipeg Free Press is launching a paywall that lets readers pay by the article — It's an idea that's been discussed around the news business for years: an iTunes for news.
Discussion: @mathewi, @jbenton and @timmcdougall13
Mathew Ingram / @mathewi: The “pay per article” wall at the Free Press is an ambitious experiment but will likely fail: http://www.niemanlab.org/... http://twitter.com/...
Joshua Benton / @jbenton: If you've fantasized about the “iTunes for news” micropayments model, your dreams are about to come true (in Canada) http://www.niemanlab.org/...