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8:50 PM ET, April 20, 2015


 Top News: 
The Pulitzer Prizes:
Charleston Post and Courier wins Pulitzer Prize for public service; Seattle Times wins for breaking news  —  2015 Winners and Finalists  —  Journalism Public Service The Post and Courier, Charleston, SC Breaking News Reporting The Seattle Times Staff Investigative Reporting Eric Lipton …
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Don't hate the arbitrary Pulitzers; hate deferential journalists who use prizes for validation instead of finding it in their work  —  The Pulitzer Prize Scam  —  For the 99th straight year, they've convinced the American people they matter.  —  Abandon everything you've ever been told about cynical journalists.
Carol Morello / Washington Post:
Iran charges Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian with espionage, three other serious crimes  —  Post reporter jailed in Iran faces 4 charges including espionage  —  Iranian authorities are charging The Washington Post's Tehran bureau chief, Jason Rezaian, with espionage and three other serious crimes …
Martin Baron / Washington Post:
Full statement on Jason Rezaian from Post's executive editor Martin Baron
Discussion: CNNMoney
Editor and Publisher:
BH Media Group Acquires Tulsa Area Newspapers  —  Community Publisher, Inc., ("CPI") of Bentonville, Arkansas announced today that it has sold its six weekly Tulsa area community newspapers and the daily Tulsa Business and Legal News to BH Media Group.  —  Dirks, Van Essen & Murray …
Jim Romenesko:
Tulsa World loses four journalists to former World publisher's soon-to-launch news site  —  I've confirmed that the ex-World journalists have joined an enterprise/investigative news site being launched by Robert (Bobby) Lorton III, who was the World's CEO and publisher before Warren Buffett's BH Media bought the paper in 2013.
Jordan Chariton / The Wrap:
Vice, CNN, NBC and ‘Serial’ Among Peabody Winners  —  Vice News, CNN, NBC and the “Serial” podcast were among the winners for the 74th annual Peabody Awards.  —  Vice won for “Last Chance High,” a deep look at a Chicago high school with high-risk students running out of options.
Adam Ragusea / Nieman Lab:
SoundCloud doesn't recognise fair-use under US copyright law, removes student's radio story  —  Journalists shouldn't lose their rights in their move to private platforms  —  Here's a wakeup call to audio creators everywhere: SoundCloud does not recognize your fair use rights under U.S. copyright law.
Tim Ingham / Music Business Worldwide:
Spotify's ad revenue increased 53% YoY in Q1, with mobile ads growing 380%  —  SPOTIFY AD REVENUE JUMPED 53% IN Q1  —  Spotify saw a 53% increase in ad revenue year-over-year in Q1 2015, according to internal data at the streaming platform.  —  The figures come from the Swedish firm's Spotify …
Discussion: RAIN News
Emily Steel / New York Times:
Netflix Is Betting Its Future on Exclusive Programming  —  LOS GATOS, Calif. — It is April 9 just before midnight in the war room of Netflix's headquarters here, where the smell of popcorn fills the air and a team of engineers, social media experts and other specialists starts counting …
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Elveden unravels: After four years and 34 arrested/charged journalists, one conviction stands  —  It is nearly four years after the start of Operation Elveden and the arrest and/or charge of at least 34 journalists.  —  Today just one journalist conviction stands: that of former Sunday Mirror …
Discussion: @iancarterkm
Wolfgang Blau / Guardian:
Guardian launches international homepage in beta, for readers outside Australia, UK, US  —  Giving our international readers a fresh take on the news  —  Today we are starting a short beta trial of a new international homepage, edited specifically for our readers based in countries outside the UK, US and Australia
Discussion: @wblau and @penelopejones
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Discussion: @brannonj
John Brownlee / Co.Design:
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Discussion: Curbed National, Thanks:@steverubel