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12:55 AM ET, April 21, 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 …
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.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Jon Stewart Sets August 6 As Departure Date From ‘Daily Show’  —  Jon Stewart now has a firm departure date from Comedy Central's “The Daily Show.”  The comic announced on Monday's broadcast of the program that he will leave the show after its August 6th broadcast.
Discussion: Forbes and Mediaite
George Brock:
Facebook's director of news and global media partnerships, Andy Mitchell, deflects questions about the social giant's role as a gatekeeper of news  —  Andy Mitchell and Facebook's weird state of denial about news  —  Andy Mitchell, Facebook's director of of news and global media partnerships …
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Pandora to Replace 2 Board Members With Music-Industry Figures  —  Pandora Media is replacing two board members, both longtime investors, with music-industry veterans, the company announced Monday.  —  Timothy J. Leiweke, the chief executive of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment in Toronto …
Discussion: and Billboard
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
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.
Canadian Press:
Government relents, will issue Canadian passport to Mohamed Fahmy  —  The Canadian government says it's now prepared to issue a passport to a Canadian journalist on trial in Egypt on widely denounced terror charges.  —  Mohamed Fahmy spent more than a year in a Cairo prison and has been working …
Discussion: @mffahmy11, Guardian and @mffahmy11
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.
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