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12:20 PM ET, April 6, 2018

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Politico:
President Trump does not plan to attend the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner; Press Secretary Sanders will represent the administration  —  President Donald Trump will not participate in this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner, and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders …
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UMD Right Now:
University of Maryland, White House Correspondents' Association, and Newseum partner to create a searchable digital archive of presidential pool reports  —  Contacts:  —  Jessica Jennings, 301-405-4618  —  COLLEGE PARK, Md.— The White House Correspondents' Association and the University …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Three political candidates vow not to advertise on Sinclair TV stations, and Sen. Richard Durbin asks Sinclair for information about its “must-run” stories  —  First Sinclair Broadcast Group got lacerated by the public and other news organizations for its controversial promotional campaign.
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Sources: YouTube TV is testing up to six new channels from digital publishers like Cheddar, Tastemade, and The Young Turks Network  —  YouTube's livestreaming TV service is looking to add channels from multiple digital media publishers, including Cheddar, Tastemade and The Young Turks Network.
Discussion: Tubefilter
Patrick Redford / The Concourse:
The new owners of LA Weekly, Semanal Media, have launched a campaign to push back against an ongoing boycott, saying the weekly is being bullied and harassed  —  In the four months since a mysterious group of rich people took over the L.A. Weekly, news outlets across the country have continued …
Anders Hofseth / Nieman Lab:
Q&A with Emily Bell on the lack of viable ad-supported models for journalism, commercial media, and the importance of public service media  —  “I think there's a very viable long-term financial model for commercial media.  But I don't necessarily think that applies directly to journalism."
Reuters:
Sources: Netflix is attempting to acquire Regency Outdoor Advertising, a billboard company, for $300M as it increases spending on marketing to $2B this year  —  (Reuters) - Netflix Inc (NFLX.O) is attempting its largest acquisition, offering more than $300 million to acquire a company …
Discussion: Variety and FierceCable
Sherisse Pham / CNNMoney:
AMC, owned by Dalian Wanda, wins the first cinema operating license in Saudi Arabia after a 35-year ban on public theaters, will open 30+ cinemas in five years  —  Hollywood seeks keys to the Kingdom  —  America's biggest movie theater company is bringing the silver screen to Saudi Arabia.
Alex Barinka / Bloomberg:
Sources: fewer than expected Spotify shareholders sold stock during listing, potentially driving price up; 5% of potentially available shares traded at open  —  Initial share supply shortage seen as driving up price briefly  —  Music-streaming company's trading volume below big tech IPOs
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Jack Stubbs / Reuters:
Russia's communications watchdog files a suit to block Telegram after the company refused to give state security services access to users' encrypted messages  —  MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's state communications watchdog said on Friday it had filed a lawsuit to limit access to the Telegram messaging app …
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
CNN brought in $19.9M, Fox News $16.2M, and MSNBC $8.1M in ad spending in the first quarter; many of the same brands advertised across all cable channels  —  As we shared with you yesterday, all three cable news networks saw very strong first quarters in the ratings, with Fox News and MSNBC the No. 1 and No. 2 channels on all of cable.
Discussion: The Week, HuffPost, Newser and Breitbart
 
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Mack DeGeurin / Motherboard:
Knowhere, a startup using neural natural language processing to rewrite trending news stories with an aim of impartiality, launches with $1.8M in VC funding
Discussion: FinSMEs
New York Times:
The Paris Review names a new editor: Emily Nemens, co-editor of The Southern Review, who hopes to strike “a balance between stewardship and innovation”
Discussion: thecut and Vogue
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Knight study of local TV news: revenues and viewership are rising, and in smaller markets, TV news websites are the dominant local news source
Discussion: Informed and Engaged
 Earlier Picks: 
The Daily Beast:
The Atlantic fires columnist Kevin Williamson after first defending some of his earlier commentary, including that women should be hanged for having abortions
Jason Cherkis / HuffPost:
Q&A with Rob Byers, the laid-off son of a coal miner who worked at WVA newspapers for over 26 years, on covering coal and politicians, and uncertainty in media