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10:25 AM 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.
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  —  On World Press Freedom Day, remember that without a free press, there is no democracy, no liberty.  Thirty-two journalists gave their lives this year
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  —  The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) indefinitely postponed an event at the U.N. tomorrow to observe World Press Freedom …
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 …
Discussion: Business Wire and @michaelroston
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”  —  The embattled political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica announced on Wednesday that it would cease most operations …
Wall Street Journal:
Cambridge Analytica is shutting down following the Facebook data misuse scandal, says it was losing clients and facing mounting legal fees
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Refinery29 plans to launch Channel29, an ad-supported streaming channel, in Q4, and to expand events to Chicago and San Francisco  —  Refinery29, the media and entertainment player that targets millennial females, is the latest content company to plot an over-the-top video push.
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  —  ESPN is extending “SportsCenter” to new platforms as it tries to revitalize its flagship TV franchise with new and younger viewers.
Discussion: Variety
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  —  Philo is teaming with music streamer Pandora in the hopes of luring more cord-cutters and cord-nevers to its skinny internet TV bundle …
Borys Kit / Hollywood Reporter:
Gabriel Sherman, who wrote a book about Roger Ailes, will write a screenplay for a Donald Trump movie, The Apprentice, produced by Amy Baer via Gidden Media  —  The film will focus on the president's rise to power.  —  Donald Trump is getting the big-screen movie treatment in a film called …
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Jessica Toonkel / Reuters:
Verizon's Oath signs distribution deal to place four of its apps, Newsroom, Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Finance, and Go90, on Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ devices in the US
Karen K. Ho / Columbia Journalism Review:
Inside the finances of the WHCA in 2017: dinner cost $553K, made $805K, and $108K went to 25 scholarships, with the rest to operating expenses
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Media exec Merrill Brown launches The News Project, a platform for news publishers, built by 10up, that includes AP wire access and uses Piano subscription tech
David Beard / Poynter:
South Florida Sun Sentinel puts a moratorium on gun ads and apologizes for failing to follow its own policy of not placing gun ads on the front page
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Condé Nast says Wired, GQ, and Bon Appetit will get streaming channels to be carried on Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire; Wired channel will launch later this year
Discussion: MediaPost
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Alison Weissbrot / AdExchanger:
BBC to test audio ads for the first time, will partner with Swedish podcast platform Acast to sell ads for podcasts outside of the UK
Discussion: TechCrunch
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK-based The New Statesman to launch a website covering North America, edited by Nicky Woolf, as part of a “major online expansion”