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7:20 PM ET, May 3, 2018


 Top News: 
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Dozens of news organizations partner to promote high-quality journalism in an ad campaign that encourages consuming a variety of news outlets  —  Why press freedom is your freedom  —  On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, dozens of news organizations are joining forces to promote high-quality journalism.
Voice of America:
Press freedom groups release report on threats to US media, citing whistleblower prosecutions, stigmatization by politicians, restrictions on public information  —  With the observation of World Press Freedom Day on Thursday, a group of press freedom organizations is calling attention …
Terry Glavin / National Post:
World Press Freedom Day: 32 journalists have lost their lives this year, with ten Afghan journalists deliberately targeted and murdered this week
Alan C. Miller / The News Literacy Project:
News Literacy Project refused to remove mentions of Turkey's press restrictions in presentation for UN Alliance of Civilizations; alliance then postpones event
Parag Agrawa / Twitter:
Twitter urges all users to change passwords after it found a bug that stored unmasked user passwords in an internal log; no indication of breach or misuse found  —  When you set a password for your Twitter account, we use technology that masks it so no one at the company can see it.
Washington Post:
Charlie Rose accused by 27 more women of sexual harassment; CBS managers were warned of his conduct on three occasions over 30 years  —  Incidents of sexual misconduct by Charlie Rose were far more numerous than previously known, according to a new investigation by The Washington Post …
Dom Cosentino / Deadspin:
Senior writer Peter King is leaving Sports Illustrated after 29 years, signing an exclusive agreement with NBC that includes his Monday Morning NFL column  —  After 29 years at Sports Illustrated, Peter King is leaving to join NBC.  —  SI announced King's departure a few minutes ago …
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:
Civil, the blockchain-based media startup, announces formation of Civil Studios, a separate, for-profit company to fund and pilot ambitious journalism projects  —  The wildly ambitious media startup, Civil, just got a little more ambitious.  On Wednesday, the New York-based blockchain company …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Podcasting app Pocket Casts has been acquired by a collective that includes NPR and This American Life and will continue to operate as a joint venture  —  One of the best podcast apps just got bought by some of the biggest podcast producers  —  Pocket Casts, widely considered …
Jaclyn Peiser / New York Times:
In Q1, NYT digital-only subscribers rose 25.5% YoY to 2.8M, total revenue went up 3.8% YoY to $414M; digital ad revenue fell 6% while print ad revenue fell 2%  —  The New York Times Company added 139,000 digital-only subscribers in the first quarter of 2018, a 25.5 percent increase …
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
Former Fox News host Eric Bolling gets a show on the conservative subscription-based CRTV, despite earlier allegations he sent inappropriate texts to colleagues  —  “Eric is not only one of the most talented conservative media figures, but one of the most authentic individuals I have met," chief of digital network says
Josh Rottenberg / Los Angeles Times:
Motion picture academy expels Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski  —  The motion picture academy announced Thursday that it has expelled comedian Bill Cosby and director Roman Polanski from the group's ranks.  —  The decision by the academy's 54-member board of governors was reached at a May 1 meeting …
David Cohen / Adweek:
Facebook to add followers/non-followers and gender metrics on Pages' video retention graphs, fixes bug that rendered graphs inaccurately for vids over 2 minutes  —  A new zoom chart will enable admins to more closely examine data  —  Facebook is beefing up the video retention graph …
Discussion: Facebook Media and Marketing Land
Janko Rottgers / Variety:
Pandora beats Q1 expectations with revenue of $319.2M, up 12% YoY excluding Ticketfly and AU, NZ markets, and 5.63M subs, up 19% YoY; stock up 7%+ after hours  —  Investors sent Pandora's stock up more than 7 percent in after-hours trading Thursday after the company reported better-than expected Q1 2018 revenue numbers.
Discussion: Pandora
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Video streaming service Philo offers three free months of Pandora Premium for new and existing customers, limited to the first 200K to sign up
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Group Nine Media's NowThis to launch NowBreaking, a breaking news channel exclusively for Snapchat Discover, in June  —  NowThis, the millennial social video media outlet that's part of Group Nine Media, will announce today the launch of NowBreaking, a breaking news channel produced exclusively for Snapchat Discover.
Discussion: Adweek, MediaPost and Tubefilter
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CBS beats with $3.76B in Q1 revenue, up 13% YoY, as retransmission revenues and fees rose 25%
Discussion: Variety, The Wrap and CBS Corporation
P. Kim Bui / Online Journalism Awards:
2018 Online Journalism Awards add new category for collaboration, a micro newsroom category, and criteria changes for explanatory, feature categories
 Earlier Picks: 
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
ESPN is extending its SportsCenter brand to other platforms after success on Snapchat, with a new daily version for its ESPN app and a new live Twitter show
Discussion: Variety
New York Times:
Filing shows executives at Cambridge Analytica and SCL Group, along with the Mercer family, have moved to create a new firm, Emerdata, possibly for “rebranding”