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11:25 AM ET, April 15, 2015


 Top News: 
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Capital to become POLITICO New York as parent company sets expansion plans  —  Capital will be rebranded and relaunched as POLITICO New York as part of an expansion at its Beltway-based parent company, which is gearing up to roll out new satellite publications across the U.S. and Europe.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
NYT Now relaunching as free app on May 11  —  The New York Times will relaunch NYT Now as a free app on May 11 in a bid to attract younger readers who get their news on mobile devices.  —  Additionally, the Times' core mobile app will relaunch April 24 in conjunction with the debut of the Apple Watch …
Jane Martinson / Guardian:
News Corp confirms Rebekah Brooks is in talks on new digital business  —  Rupert Murdoch publisher's former UK chief, who was cleared of phone-hacking charges last year, is unlikely to be involved with the Sun, according to sources  —  Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation has confirmed …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Analytics firm StatSocial ranks, categorizes Twitter's most influential political journalists; Ezra Klein, Nate Silver, Mike Allen, and Ben Smith lead list  —  Twitter's most influential political journalists  —  Ezra Klein, Nate Silver, Mike Allen and Ben Smith are the most influential …
David Lumb / Fast Company:
Reddit announces Upvoted Weekly curated newsletter highlighting stories from across communities  —  NOW YOU CAN GET REDDIT IN NEWSLETTER FORM  —  Three months ago, Reddit launched Upvoted, a podcast exploring significant Reddit stories.  Its 14 episodes have received 600,000 total downloads so far …
Discussion: reddit, WebProNews, Mashable and The Next Web, Thanks:@steverubel
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
David Skok named managing editor for digital at The Boston Globe  —  Boston Globe digital advisor David Skok has been named managing editor for digital at the publication, Globe editor Brian McGrory told staffers in a memo Tuesday.  —  Skok's new title comes with the responsibility …
Discussion: Nieman Lab, Medium and Media Nation
Ryan Thornburg / Idea Lab:
Open N.C.'s Data Dashboard Brings Public Records to Reporters  —  Reporters in North Carolina are starting to use a new tool developed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that will help them speed up their everyday reporting and find stories that are hidden in the mass …
Jim Romenesko:
Newspaper reporter is 'the worst job of 2015′  — #200 out of 200 jobs/CareerCast graphic  —  Newspaper reporter lands on the bottom of CareerCast's Jobs Rated list for 2015.  Last year, it was #199 out of 200 occupations.  Today's press release says:
Jasper Jackson / Guardian:
Liberal Democrats set out plans to protect journalists in manifesto  —  British ‘First Amendment’ law, right to challenge Ripa and protecting freedom of expression in wake of Charlie Hebdo attacks among key measures  —  The Liberal Democrats are promising a slew of measures to protect journalists …
Discussion: Press Gazette
Jorge Luis Sierra / IJ Net:
Journalists in danger zones face harsh choice: death or self-censorship  —  Enrique Juarez Torres, editorial director of El Mañana de Matamoros, a newspaper based in Matamoros, a border city controlled by the Gulf Cartel, knows very well what a “zone of silence” means.
Discussion: @ijnet
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Universal Music Agrees to Pay $11.5 Million to Settle Digital Royalties Class Action  —  A settlement submitted to a judge for approval would also give UMG artists a higher royalty rate going forward.  —  Universal Music has agreed to pay up to $11.5 million and bump up royalties going forward …
Discussion: PR Newswire
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
A decision on Brian Williams's future at NBC could be coming soon  —  Andrew Lack, the former and current head of NBC News, started his old job anew last week staring at a monumental dilemma: What to do about Brian Williams?  —  The anchorman who was the face of NBC News and its signature …
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Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Most of You Watched ‘Game of Thrones’ on HBO's Old Streaming Service, Not the New One
Discussion: @pkafka and @zseward
Tom McGhie / Telegraph:
Global revenue from music downloads and streaming hits $6.85B, passing CDs and vinyl at $6.82B
Kevin Williams / Al Jazeera America:
Crawfordsville, Indiana, a town with population of about 15K, has two daily newspapers
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Serial-inspired podcast, Undisclosed: The State v. Adnan Syed, tops iTunes charts
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Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
The New York Times promotes Ian Fisher from deputy executive editor to head of investigations, shuffles other roles