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3:05 PM ET, March 9, 2018


 Top News: 
New York Times:
Sources: Barack and Michelle Obama are nearing a content deal with Netflix for a series of shows; Apple and Amazon also expressed interest  —  WASHINGTON — Former President Barack Obama is in advanced negotiations with Netflix to produce a series of high-profile shows that will provide …
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 …
Scott Soshnick / Bloomberg:
Facebook gets exclusive rights to stream 25 MLB afternoon games, Facebook's first major US sports league exclusive; sources estimate price at $30-$35M  —  Social network is said to pay $30 million to $35 million  —  First time a major U.S. league has given Facebook exclusivity
Columbia Journalism Review:
Study: mainstream news outlets that embedded IRA tweets were generally using the tweets to reflect provocative, partisan public opinion on social issues  —  Image by Greyweed via Flickr.  —  The New York Times's Bari Weiss was in the news again yesterday, this time for citing a hoax Twitter account …
Discussion: HuffPost and @petersterne
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
How The New Yorker, with a circulation of 1.2M, plans to hit 2M subscribers: increasing coverage of some subjects, paid posts and search words, expanding abroad  —  The New Yorker belongs to a rare club of publications whose revenue from readers exceeds that of advertisers.
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.
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, @shaneferro 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.
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 …
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 …
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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
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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
Discussion: East Bay Times and The Hill
Iron Man director Jon Favreau to write and produce a live-action Star Wars series for Disney's new streaming service