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5:10 AM ET, March 7, 2018


 Top News: 
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Technology news aggregator Techmeme, sister site of Mediagazer, is launching a daily podcast called the Techmeme Ride Home  —  Because everyone has a podcast.  (That's a good thing!)  —  Techmeme is an influential site that provides concise, headline-length summaries of the day's tech news.
Felix Salmon / Wired:
Serial's success, followed by Gimlet Media's proven effort to commercialize the format at scale, and then NYT's The Daily paved the way for daily news podcasts  —  How publishers are racing to own the money-printing machine that is the daily news podcast.  —  I USED TO think that podcasts …
Gwilym Mumford / The Guardian:
The 2018 Oscars experienced a 16% decline YoY in ratings, with 26.5M US viewers watching the four-hour broadcast; Trump mocked the figures on Twitter  —  Broadcast for 2018 Academy Awards attracted 26.5m viewers, a 16% drop on last year's ceremony … US president Donald Trump has mocked …
Women's Media Center:
Women's Media Center report: women of color represent 7.95% of US print newsroom staff, 12.6% of local TV news staff, and 6.2% of local radio staff  —  “It seems like there is a cap on people of color in newsrooms”  —  WASHINGTON — Fifty years after the Kerner Commission criticized …
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Andrew Beaujon / Washingtonian:
Axios founders Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen chastised “the media” for coverage of former Trump staffer Sam Nunberg while Axios fed the same flames  —  “Awful scandal porn” shouted an Axios headline Tuesday.  The unit of content, by Axios principles Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen …
Weinstein Co. buyer Maria Contreras-Sweet said her group is pulling out of its deal to buy the studio after an examination raised questions about its viability  —  Weinstein Co. buyer Maria Contreras-Sweet said her group is pulling out of its deal to buy the failing film and TV studio …
Shonda Novak / Austin American-Statesman:
The Austin American-Statesman is being sold to GateHouse Media for $47.5M, ending 41+ years of ownership by Cox Enterprises; deal expected to close April 2  —  The Austin American-Statesman is being sold to New York-based publishing company GateHouse Media, executives said Tuesday …
Dani Deahl / The Verge:
Apple confirms it will stop taking submissions for iTunes LPs, with bundled items like videos or bonus tracks, as of this month; existing LPs will be available  —  Existing iTunes LPs will still be available going forward  —  Apple has confirmed to The Verge that it will stop taking new iTunes LP submissions as of this month.
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
The Independent says BBC Media Editor Amol Rajan must have “misremembered” anecdote about traffic-boosting headline, mentioned during speech about press at uni  —  The Independent has said BBC media editor Amol Rajan “must have misremembered” an anecdote claiming he made a column …
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Subscription-based sports media site The Athletic has raised $20M Series C led by Evolution Media, plans to double staff from 120 to 200-350 employees in 2018  —  The two-year-old startup plans to double staffing and expand across the U.S. and into international markets
Amol Rajan / BBC:
Ex-investigator for Sunday Times says he used illegal techniques to target Labour officials from 1995-2010; paper denies it commissioned anyone to act illegally  —  An ex-private investigator who was used by The Sunday Times has spoken about the criminal activity he was involved in to obtain information for the paper.
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Examining “community information districts”, in which residents would agree to fees to support local journalism, similar to service districts for fire safety  —  It's how many communities fund libraries, build airports, or pay for hospitals.  Could it also pay for local news?
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Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Lawmakers and experts worry Facebook will suffer the same problems with disinformation and “dark” ads during 2018 US midterms as it did during 2016 election
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Penske Media, owner of Variety and Deadline, has acquired SheKnows Media, including, Stylecaster, and events business BlogHer
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Funny Or Die is retiring its website and migrating over to Vox Media's platform; both are exploring potential collaborations on long-form entertainment
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Co-founder of conspiracy theory website Side Thorn arrested with partner for harassing father of Sutherland Springs victim, told him shooting didn't happen
New York Times:
Right-wing journalist Peter Schweizer plans to release a documentary on tech companies' role in filtering the news, casting them as censorious and oppressive
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
In a letter to AG Sessions, members of Congress ask Trump administration to require Qatar-based Al Jazeera to register as a foreign agent under US law