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4:00 AM ET, February 28, 2018


 Top News: 
John Shinal / CNBC:
Facebook VP Andrew Bosworth shares chart that shows the Trump campaign paid slightly higher CPM prices compared to Clinton in 2016 election, disputing reports  —  - Facebook executive Andrew Bosworth shared a tweet showing that President Trump paid more than Hillary Clinton did to reach users on the platform during the 2016 election.
Associated Press:
Father of Florida shooting survivor admits altering an email from CNN that was sent to other news outlets amid controversy but says it wasn't on purpose  —  Last week's televised town hall on guns and school safety has led to finger-pointing by the father of a Florida school shooting survivor and CNN.
Mike Shields / Business Insider:
Little Things, a publisher with 12M Facebook followers that focused on feel-good news and videos, is shutting down, says algorithm changes cut traffic by 75%+  —  - The digital publisher LittleThings is shutting down.  — The company was one of a group of media company that had quickly amassed a big following on Facebook.
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
Infowars says YouTube gave it a second strike for Florida shooting videos, says it can't post new content for 2 weeks; 3 strikes in 3 months would close account  —  Conspiracy theory outlet Infowars is one strike away from being banned from YouTube.  —  The channel said it received an alert …
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Inside the 10-month partnership between NYT and Times-Picayune covering coastal erosion and sea-level rise, NYT's first collaboration with a local news outlet  —  Just before the 2016 presidential election, Dean Baquet, the executive editor of The New York Times, gave an interview that touched …
Discussion: Poynter
Quinn Norton / The Atlantic:
How social media created and attacked a version of myself that lacked context after The New York Times hired, and then fired, me for its editorial board  —  The day before Valentine's Day, social media created a bizarro-world version of me.  I have seen strange ideas about me online before …
Natasha Bertrand / The Atlantic:
Twitter DMs show Trump confidant Roger Stone and WikiLeaks communicated directly in October and November 2016, contrary to their denials in 2017  —  On March 17, 2017, WikiLeaks tweeted that it had never communicated with Roger Stone, a longtime confidante and informal adviser to President Donald Trump.
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
India-based music streaming service Gaana raises $115M led by Tencent for creating more personalized services and features for listeners using AI  —  Chinese internet giant Tencent is continuing to put its money in India and in music streaming services after it agreed to lead a $115 million investment in India's Gaana.
Cliff Kuang / Co.Design:
Knight study of 45M tweets examines how Asian Americans, African Americans, and feminists interact with media, with “hate-tweeting” often fueling sharing  —  Not only is hate-tweeting articles a real thing, it may be the dominant mode for how minorities talk about media coverage …
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Publishers are pivoting to subscriptions, as they did to video, but industry execs warn that reader revenue is a difficult business model to implement  —  Publishers are pivoting hard to subscriptions.  In the past few months alone, publishers including CNN, The Atlantic and Wired have made moves …
Ashley Feinberg / HuffPost:
Transcript of a Q&A with the New York Times' Editorial Page Editor James Bennet which happened during a meeting with NYT staffers in December  —  “The world needs this from us right now.” … James Bennet: So the op-ed page was created to do a bunch of different things.
Discussion: Editor & Publisher and Splinter
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
NYT editorial-page editor James Bennet defends op-ed page controversy, saying it publishes a variety of voices; newsroom sources voice concern and embarrassment
Sonam Rai / Reuters:
Discovery Communications had a net loss of $1.14B in Q4, says it expects to close $14.6B acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive by end of Q1 2018  —  (Reuters) - Discovery Communications Inc's (DISCA.O) revenue topped analysts' forecasts in the fourth quarter as the owner of Discovery Channel …
Discussion: and PR Newswire
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:   Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav said the company has added nearly 500K subscribers in Europe to its streaming services during the Winter Olympics
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Brittany Shammas / Miami New Times:
Internal email: Howard Saltz, editor and publisher of Tronc's The Sun Sentinel in Broward County, is leaving effective Wednesday
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Premium cable network Epix plans to launch a standalone video subscription service, its Executive Vice President and GM Monty Sahran says
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Vanity Fair Editor Radhika Jones has made a series of new hires, naming Claire Howorth as deputy editor and Caryn Prime as director of editorial operations
Jackie Strause / Hollywood Reporter:
Transparent creator Jill Soloway is launching a book imprint called Topple Books with Amazon Publishing
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Facebook to launch Local News Subscriptions Accelerator, a $3M three-month pilot program in the US to help metro papers boost digital subscription efforts
Leanna Garfield / Business Insider:
Petition by father of Parkland shooting survivor calling on Amazon to drop NRAtv has nearly reached its 200K goal, at which point it would be sent to Jeff Bezos
Discussion: The Wrap
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Comcast offers about £22B for Sky, a 16% premium on the offer from Murdoch's 21st Century Fox