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5:30 PM ET, May 2, 2017

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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Rupert Murdoch's 56-word memo on Bill Shine shows a continued focus on ratings and profits, without cleaning house of those who enabled Ailes  —  If ever there were an internal memo that said it all, a remarkably brief one from Rupert Murdoch to Fox News staff on Monday is it.
Discussion: @dangillmor
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Peter Kafka / Recode:
Sources: Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, Yahoo's NBA site, to join ESPN after the NBA draft; ESPN intends to hire other The Vertical staffers  —  The writer and some of his team will join ESPN after next month's NBA draft.  —  Last week, ESPN cut some of its reporters and on-air personnel.
Erik Hayden / Hollywood Reporter:
CNN declined to air Donald Trump ad that contained graphic claiming mainstream news outlets are fake news  —  “Per our policy it will be accepted only if the graphic is deleted.  Those are the facts," the network said.  —  For the most part, Donald Trump's new 30-second ad …
Nieman Foundation News:
Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard announces the 80th class of Nieman Fellows  —  The Nieman Foundation for Journalism, a leading global voice in journalism education and innovation, has selected 24 journalists as members of the Nieman class of 2018.
Discussion: @jbenton, @niemanfdn and @amlwhere
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Writers Guild of America, studios reach agreement including 15% increase in Pay TV residuals, ~$15M in increases in high-budget SVOD residuals, and more  —  It went down to the wire, and a little beyond, but the Writers Guild of America and major studios came to terms on a new contract early Tuesday …
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Disney launches Disney Digital Network, bringing its own brands and Maker Studios creators together under one umbrella  —  The Disney Digital Network will combine existing brands from the company, including Oh My Disney and Babble, with Maker talent and its gaming-focused Polaris network.
Max Willens / Digiday:
After 18 years, About.com is rebranding as Dotdash and will launch a travel-focused vertical later this month  —  On Tuesday, About.com is going to change its name.  The digital publisher is expected to announce at the Collision Conference that it will henceforth be known as Dotdash (pronounced “dot-DASH").
David Gilbert / Vice News:
Chinese gov't recruits 20K people to author online encyclopedia with 300K+ entries, dubbed by an official as the “Great Wall of culture”, to go live in 2018  —  The Chinese government is recruiting 20,000 people to create an online encyclopedia that will be the country's own …
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
ESPN isn't dying, but its cable-TV business is declining as the cost of sports programming rises, meaning it will need to transition to a new business model  —  Last week, ESPN laid off 100 employees, including several well-known SportsCenter anchors and popular writers.
Discussion: New York Times
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Twitter unveils 16 streaming partners for its live video service, including BuzzFeed, The Verge, Viacom, WNBA, MLBAM, PGA, Bloomberg, and Live Nation  —  Last year: NFL.  This year: Bloomberg, the WNBA, Live Nation and our friends at The Verge.  —  Yesterday, Twitter announced it was building …
Thomas Vinciguerra / Columbia Journalism Review:
Ex-NYT staff involved in the Pentagon Papers story are outraged at Spielberg's film on the scandal; scriptwriter says movie is primarily about WaPo's Kay Graham  —  God, it's been said, makes a lousy playwright.  As far as an upcoming film that spotlights the Pentagon Papers is concerned …
 
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Dawn Rhodes / Chicago Tribune:
Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University says it will not pursue renewed accreditation beyond this school year because the process is “flawed”
Corinne Grinapol / Adweek:
NPR names Terence Samuel, Washington Post's national correspondent, its deputy managing editor
Miranda Ward / Mumbrella:
New York Times launches expanded coverage of Australia, opens bureau in Sydney, details what readers can expect
Discussion: New York Times
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Michael Schulson / Undark:
Publisher of Nautilus, award-winning science magazine and website, admits they are having cash flow problems and are late paying contributors
Ben Makuch / Motherboard:
Journalist Barrett Brown, who broke stories about the Anonymous hacking group, released after he was re-arrested on Thursday after speaking with Motherboard
Discussion: Courage Brown and Courage Brown
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
The New York Times' popular morning news podcast The Daily is coming to weekends and to Spotify
Discussion: Slate
Naomi Martin / Dallas Morning News:
Tomi Lahren settles suit with Glenn Beck, allowing her to be freed from employment contract, pursue competing work, keep her Facebook page set up by The Blaze