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4:30 AM ET, March 4, 2018


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Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab:
BuzzSumo study of 100M articles posted in 2017 shows social sharing halved since 2015 and Google sites drove 2x more referrals to publishers than social media  —  Publishers may be getting dinged — and in some cases destroyed — by Facebook's move to decrease the amount of publisher content …
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
Some sites change domain names, a practice known as domain hopping, to avoid ad agency blacklists and losing traffic as a result of Facebook's algorithm changes  —  Domain hopping is one way publishers are combatting declining traffic from Facebook while also staying one step ahead of advertising blacklists.
Discussion: @adam22
Max Willens / Digiday:
Publishers like ViralNova, 9gag, Bored Panda, Diply see engagement drop precipitously after Facebook algorithm changes; Distractify saw traffic decline 78% YoY  —  LittleThings shut down after Facebook's algorithm change cut its organic reach by 75 percent, but it's not the only social publisher that's …
Cara Buckley / New York Times:
E! producer Aileen Gram-Moreno says she was fired for allowing a clip that criticized the network over gender pay disparity to air during Golden Globes show  —  With accusations of sexual harassment dogging its star host, Ryan Seacrest, and celebrities reportedly planning to steer clear …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
The Weinstein Company avoids bankruptcy through a $500M takeover led by Maria Contreras-Sweet; deal includes up to $90M in compensation for Weinstein accusers  —  Weinstein empire unravels amid scandal  —  The Weinstein Company's bankruptcy talk has been replaced by deal talk.
Andy Bechtel / The Editor's Desk:
Interview with Lisa Tozzi, global news director at BuzzFeed News, about curating breaking news, headline writing, and advice for journalism students  —  Lisa Tozzi is global news director at BuzzFeed News, a position she has held since 2013.  She previously worked at The New York Times …
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
Interview with Anna Veduta, one of two people running the English-language version of Latvia-based Meduza, an independent Russian news site  —  The English edition of the three-year-old Russian news site now gets an average of 100,000 monthly unique visitors and can count among its readers everyone …
Discussion: and New York Times
Paul Mozur / New York Times:
China is prosecuting a citizen who shared a critical message on WhatsApp; message was likely obtained by hacking a phone or via spy in a WhatsApp group  —  SHANGHAI — Within its digital borders, China has long censored what its people read and say online.  Now, it is increasingly going beyond …
Kristopher Tapley / Variety:
Jennifer Lawrence and Jodie Foster to present best actress Oscar, replacing Casey Affleck who withdrew after sexual harassment accusations  —  Breaking with tradition in the midst of an awards season that has come to colloquially become known as “the year of the woman,” …
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Nina Xiang / China Money Network:
Chinese anime-streaming platform Bilibili files for $400M US IPO, says its revenue increased from $80.4M in 2016 to $379.4M in 2017 and it had 72M MAUs in Q4
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Gimlet Media expands into voice assistant content with “Chompers”, a sponsored Alexa app that encourages children to brush their teeth with twice-daily episodes
Discussion: RAIN News
Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab:
Compass News app, with a twice-a-day news digest, has drawn 50K users over 10 months in the UK and is training an AI editor to mimic human editors' decisions
American Press Institute:
Survey of 4,113 subscribers to 90 local newspapers: subscriptions are triggered by promotions, quality and accuracy matter, print and digital subscribers differ
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
With Smarticles, The Guardian tests a format where algorithms provide new information based on the reader's last visit and the importance of new developments
Discussion: @bmorrissey
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