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12:50 AM ET, March 3, 2017


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Adrienne LaFrance / The Atlantic:
Even in an age of nearly-real-time news, big stories still often break in the evening because of newspaper print deadlines  —  It's usually around 8 p.m. when the push notifications start rolling in.  On Wednesday night, The New York Times kicked things off at 7:56 p.m. with a major story …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Journalistic basics resulted in strong stories from two newspapers after weak cable news punditry followed President Trump's Congress speech  —  Call it the revenge of the reporters over the pundits.  —  Tuesday night was a low point for “the media” — if such a multi-headed beast …
Wall Street Journal:
Snap closes first day of trading at $24.51 per share, 44% above original price of $17, valuing the company at around $34B  —  Popular disappearing-message app ends day valued at $34 billion, higher than Marriott, Target
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Interview with CNN chief Jeff Zucker, who is emerging as a champion of aggressive journalism as Trump attacks and snubs his network  —  Attacked on national TV for supposedly serving up “fake news.”  Shut out of a White House press briefing in retribution.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Spotify says it has 50M paying subscribers, up from 30M in March 2016  —  Spotify continues to cement its place as the leader in music streaming, and today the company announced that it just hit another milestone of 50 million paid subscribers. … It's impressive growth for the company …
Pew Research Center:
Pew survey: 76% of Democrats and 49% of Republicans say freedom of the press to criticize political leaders is very important  —  77% say it would be ‘too risky’ to give presidents more power  —  Large majorities of the public, Republicans and Democrats alike, say open and fair elections …
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Interview with Matt DeRienzo, who was named LION's executive director this week, on trends, business models, and making newsrooms “healthy again”  —  When Matt DeRienzo started working with Local Independent Online News Publishers two years ago, he thought the local news business had hit the bottom of cuts and layoffs.
Source: Trump has sworn off Morning Joe as he cuts back on MSNBC and CNN; he remains an avid Fox viewer and watches CNBC for business news  —  President said to binge more on Fox News, avoid CNN, MSNBC  —  Lobbyist discusses buying ads on Trump's favorite TV shows
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Mashable Studios creates a new position, vice president of programming and development, in Los Angeles and hires Polly Auritt, most recently of Fullscreen  —  Mashable has hired Polly Auritt, formerly VP of programming at Fullscreen, as head of programming and development for Mashable Studios.
Discussion: Multichannel News
Lauren Coleman-Lochner / Bloomberg:
Barnes & Noble sees its biggest holiday-quarter decline since 2005 as it misses Q3 targets, with Nook sales down 26%; stock falls over 8%  —  Bookstore chain's same-store sales tumbled 8.3% in the period  —  Company now expects a decline of 7% for the full year
Brian Flood / The Wrap:
The New York Times redesigns its front pages to give readers a more comprehensive overview of what the paper is doing both in print and digital  —  The New York Times today introduced a reimagined design of the front two pages of its newspaper (known as pages A2 and A3), modeled on the “front of book” pages of magazine layouts.
Los Angeles Downtown News:
The Los Angeles Downtown News is sold to Southland Publishing, an L.A.-based media group specializing in newsweeklies and magazines  —  The Los Angeles Downtown News, which has been covering Downtown L.A. for 45 years, has been purchased by Southland Publishing, an L.A.-based media group specializing …
Discussion: @eddiekimx and @downtownnews
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