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10:35 AM ET, March 9, 2018


 Top News: 
New York Times:
Sources: Barack and Michelle Obama are in advanced talks with Netflix to produce a series of exclusive shows, possibly highlighting inspirational stories  —  WASHINGTON — Former President Barack Obama is in advanced negotiations with Netflix to produce a series of high-profile shows …
Maria Temming / Science News:
Study of 4.5M+ tweets from 2006 to 2017 confirms inaccurate news spreads faster and further than true stories, and humans, not bots, are primarily to blame  —  An analysis of 4.5 million tweets shows falsehoods are 70 percent more likely to get shared  —  There's been a lot of talk …
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Sources: Jared Kushner talked to David Brock and Univision chair Haim Saban about buying New York Observer in January 2017; source says $20M price ended talks  —  Just days before heading to a West Wing job, Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, was secretly engaged in talks to sell …
Discussion: Mediaite and Splinter
Mike Fleming / Deadline:
Netflix buys rights to Extreme Universe comics from Rob Liefeld, creator of Deadpool, in a seven-figure deal  —  EXCLUSIVE: Netflix has bet big on the Extreme Universe of graphic novel characters hatched by Rob Liefeld, whose disruptive Deadpool creation was the blockbuster movie surprise of 2016.
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
In a leaked tape, Newsweek CCO blamed BuzzFeed report on ad fraud for Newsweek operating at “50% of the revenue needed to cover costs”; gave outlet 5 weeks  —  Two weeks ago, Newsweek Media Group Chief Content Officer Dayan Candappa said the company had just five weeks to turn around …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
U.S. News & World Report is shutting down its opinion section as part of a shift in coverage from Washington, DC., to health, education, and the economy  —  U.S. News & World Report announced on Thursday that it would be shutting down its opinion section.
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
The Better India, a news org focused on positive news gets 80% of its revenue from sponsored content, has 1.9M Facebook followers, 100K newsletter subscribers  —  “It was a huge revelation: If these kinds of stories, read by just a few thousand back then, could drive this kind of response …
Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
Fox News settles suit with Diana Falzone, who said she was demoted after writing about her medical disorder; lawyer says she has left the company  —  Diana Falzone, a reporter who covered entertainment and issues related to sexual harassment, has settled a lawsuit with Fox News and left the company …
Discussion: Mediaite
Iron Man director Jon Favreau to write and produce a live-action Star Wars series for Disney's new streaming service  —  The director of Iron Man and The Jungle Book will helm the series for Disney's new direct-to-consumer platform.  —  Lucasfilm is excited to announce that Emmy-nominated producer …
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
How WGBH uses volunteers and gamification to transcribe and tag metadata on thousands of hours of public radio and television to secure a reliable archive  —  It might not be the sexiest journalism innovation, but WGBH is hoping to keep public radio and public television's massive archives alive …
Reporters Without Borders:
Egyptian prosecutors seek death sentence for photojournalist Mahmoud Abou Zeid, who was arrested in 2013 during an anti-government protest while on assignment  —  Organisation  —  RSF_en  —  Prosecutors have requested a death sentence for Mahmoud Abou Zeid, an Egyptian photojournalist known …
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Lester Holt on changes to news broadcasts: focus is on scoops, exclusive interviews, and on-site reporting, given that viewers already know the day's news
Discussion: TVNewser
Wall Street Journal:
Analysis shows that IRA-backed trolls flooded social media to oppose Romney as a possible secretary of state, following claims that Russia was opposed to him
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