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2:00 PM ET, April 23, 2015


 Top News: 
Felix Salmon's report on the death of journalism as a career is greatly exaggerated  —  At Perugia this year Felix Salmon gave a talk: “The end of journalism as a career?”  —  In typical fashion, anytime a headline ends in a question mark the answer is almost always “no.”
Felix Salmon / Fusion:
Building a career in digital journalism still requires old-fashioned subject-matter expertise  —  Is there any such thing as a career in digital journalism?  —  One of my obsessions these days is the question of whether there's any such thing as a career in digital journalism.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Facebook Hits 4 Billion Daily Video Views in Q1; Mobile Ad Revenue Grows 80%  —  Facebook posted revenue slightly below Wall Street expectations for the first quarter of 2015, but the social giant is still seeing solid growth — especially on the mobile and video front.
Shannon Bond / Financial Times:
US mobile advertising spending jumped 76% to $12.5B in 2014, makes up 25% of total internet ad revenues  —  Mobile advertising spend in US jumps 76%  —  Mobile advertising spending in the US jumped 76 per cent to $12.5bn last year, overtaking display ads to become the second-largest online ad format …
Discussion:, @raju, MinOnline and Marketing Land
Minda Smiley / The Drum:
US internet ad revenues reached an all-time high of $49.5bn last year
Discussion: IAB
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Freelancer safety coalition has nearly tripled in 2 months  —  Since a group of news organizations signed onto a list of freelancer safety guidelines months ago, dozens more organizations have rallied to the cause.  —  The guidelines, which were released in February, set forth a list …
Discussion: @rohded and @poynter
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Vice, Disney, Vox, The Onion, and others partner with Facebook to develop sponsored videos  —  Facebook Lines Up 7 Branded-Content Video Partners Including Vice, Disney  —  Facebook teamed with seven media partners — including Vice Media, Disney's Oh My Disney digital division and Electus Digital …
BBC Three's online-only move postponed until 2016 while awaiting Trust's approval of proposals  —  BBC Three move ‘delayed until 2016’  —  Plans to move BBC Three online have been delayed as the corporation waits for the BBC Trust to approve its proposals.
Jasper Jackson / Guardian:
Channel 4 News launches 4NewsWall using animated GIFs  —  Standalone site on Tumblr, aimed at 16- to 34-year-olds, aims to recreate bulletin's ‘feisty spirit’  —  Channel 4 News has launched a “4NewsWall” displaying stories using animated GIFs.  —  The standalone site is hosted on Tumblr …
Discussion: The Drum, and Digital Spy
Committee to Protect Journalists:
China's Great Cannon: New weapon to suppress free speech online  —  China, rated as the eighth most censored country in the world, in a report released by CPJ today, has long had a strong line of defense against free speech online.  Its Golden Shield Project, launched by the Ministry …
Ryan Gallagher / The Intercept:
Counterterrorism Conference Kicks Out Intercept Journalist  —  LONDON — “We're not banning you, we're just not allowing you access,” Mike Oldknow, the security chief told me Wednesday, when I showed up to attend one of the world's largest annual counterterrorism events.
Michael Geist Blog:
The Great Canadian Copyright Giveaway: Why Copyright Term Extension for Sound Recordings Could Cost Consumers Millions  —  Randy Bachman, the well-known Canadian musician, found himself embroiled in a public fight with Prime Minister Stephen Harper last year when Harper used his song …
Ishmael N. Daro / National Post:   Canadian budget extends copyright for sound recordings and performances from 50 to 70 years; critics say move will cost the public
Ethan Zuckerman / My Heart's in Accra:
MIT's new FOLD publishing platform uses an accordion structure to supplement stories with maps, images, video, and text  —  Introducing FOLD, a new tool (and a new model?) for storytelling  —  This morning, Center for Civic Media at MIT is releasing a new publishing platform, FOLD.
Discussion: @fuzheado, Network World, @awrd and @mathewi
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
Google launches free tool to help AdSense publishers recommend more articles to their readers  —  Google Edges Further Into Hot Content Recommendation Sector  —  Google has rolled out a new free product designed to make it easier for Web publishers to get people to stick around on their sites longer.
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Associated Press:
Associated Press revenue grew 1% in 2014 to $604M, its first gain in six years; 47% of revenue came from TV broadcasters
Wall Street Journal:
FCC staff recommends hearing on Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger, a procedure seen as a likely deal-killer
Rick Seltzer / Baltimore Business Journal:
Sinclair signs Sharyl Attkisson for Sunday morning news push
Discussion: TVNewser and PR Newswire
Alexandra Steigrad / WWD:
Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp's total compensation dropped 35.5% to $5.8M in 2014
 Earlier Picks: 
J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
Interview with BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith and CEO Jonah Peretti about deleted posts, Pulitzers, and more
Sonia Paul / Mediashift:
Survey on attitudes about Middle Eastern media suggests a move away from pan-Arab focus toward local or national media
Discussion: @mediatwit
Agence France-Presse:
India takes Al Jazeera off the air for five days, saying the news outlet repeatedly showed wrong maps of disputed region of Kashmir