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5:45 PM ET, April 21, 2015


 Top News: 
Facebook tweaks News Feed to show more status updates from friends in lieu of liked stories, says post reach and referral traffic to publishers could decline  —  News Feed FYI: Balancing Content from Friends and Pages  —  Facebook is constantly evaluating what's the right mix of content …
Jay Rosen / Pressthink:
Facebook needs to answer questions about news, including what it's optimizing for, how it sees its role, and how it will use its power  —  “It's not that we control NewsFeed, you control NewsFeed...” Facebook: please stop with this.  —  Of course Facebook doesn't “edit” …
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
Roger Yu / USA Today:
Gannett to change name to TEGNA amid print unit spinoff  —  Gannett, the media company that owns USA TODAY and local newspapers and television stations across the country, said Tuesday it'll rename itself TEGNA, reflecting its future as a broadcasting and digital company that will shed publishing businesses.
Tess Stynes / Wall Street Journal:   Gannett Q1 revenue ahead of company split rose 4.9% to $1.47B; $0.49 EPS, beating estimates; broadcast revenue up 3.8%, publishing revenue down 8.8%
Gabe Rivera / Techmeme News:
Mediagazer introduces ads for media jobs, and Techmeme's job ads now extend to its mobile site  —  For nearly four years, Techmeme has offered space on our front page for companies to advertise that they're hiring, and link their job offerings.  Unlike typical job boards …
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
After the launch of its long-awaited web redesign, The Wall Street Journal hopes to spur innovation  —  Edward Roussel said it wouldn't be an exaggeration to call this past year “the busiest 12-month period in The Wall Street Journal's history” as the Journal has built out WSJD …
Jordan Weissmann / Slate:
2015 Pulitzer winner Rob Kuznia now works in PR because he couldn't make a living in journalism  —  One of Today's Pulitzer Prize Winners Left Journalism Because It Couldn't Pay His Rent.  Now He's in PR.  —  A Bot Made Millions on Wall Street by Reading Tweets.  It Also Ate This Guy's Lunch.
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Don't hate the arbitrary Pulitzers; hate deferential journalists who use prizes for validation instead of finding it in their work
Erik Larson / Bloomberg Business:
Aereo to settle broadcasters' copyright claims of more than $99M for $950K  —  Aereo Settles Broadcasters' Claims for Penny on the Dollar  —  Aereo Inc. agreed to pay CBS Corp. and other broadcasters a total of $950,000 to resolve copyright claims totaling more than $99 million …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Daily Show going on hiatus starting Aug 6th until it relaunches with Trevor Noah as host  —  Jon Stewart's last ‘Daily Show’: Aug. 6  —  For a couple of months, there's been haggling inside Comedy Central about precisely when Jon Stewart will depart “The Daily Show.”  —  Now we know the answer: August 6.
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
Esquire Takes 'What I've Learned' Feature to Medium  —  Esquire is launching a content partnership with Medium, the digital publishing platform founded by Twitter co-founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone, through which the Hearst-owned title will present audio recordings of interviews …
Sky News:
Sky Reports Near-70% Rise In New Customers  —  Fortitude was Sky Atlantic's most successful original drama  —  Sky has announced a big rise in new customer numbers, alongside financial results showing growth in both revenue and profits for its first nine months.
Kate Holton / Reuters:
Sky reports £1.03B operating profit in Q3, up 20% YoY, sends shares to 14-year high
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Vice launches personal finance YouTube show, “The Business of Life”, with journalist Michael C. Moynihan  —  Vice News to Bow Personal-Finance Show for Millennials, Sponsored by Bank of America  —  Vice News this week will launch a personal-finance talk show on YouTube …
Piers Morgan questioned for a second time over phone-hacking allegations  —  Former Mirror editor, who is now a TV host and editor-at-large of Mail Online in the US, has always denied he was personally involved in hacking  —  Piers Morgan, the former editor of the Daily Mirror and television host …
Discussion: @piersmorgan and Guido Fawkes
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.
Editor and Publisher:
BH Media Group Acquires Tulsa Area Newspapers
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Jordan Chariton / The Wrap:
Obama aide Johanna Maska joins LA Times as VP of Marketing and Communications
Sam Thielman / Guardian:
Wall Street divided over chances of Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger
Todd Spangler / Variety:
RTL's BroadbandTV acquires YouTube kids MCN YoBoHo for more than $10M
Financial Times:
Financial Times taps FT Group data to bring readers premium emerging markets intelligence
 Earlier Picks: 
Oliver Wright / The Independent:
Rupert Murdoch berated Sun journalists for not doing enough to attack Ed Miliband and stop him getting to No 10
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Publishers take ad-targeting cues for Facebook posts
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Pandora to Replace 2 Board Members With Music-Industry Figures
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