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6:40 PM ET, May 15, 2018


 Top News: 
New York Times:
Tom Wolfe, the journalist and author who helped create the 1960s movement known as “The New Journalism”, has died at age 88  —  Tom Wolfe, an innovative journalist whose technicolor, wildly punctuated prose brought to life the worlds of California surfers, car customizers …
The Guardian:
Facebook releases first content moderation report, closed 583M fake accounts in Q1 2018, took action on almost 1.5B accounts and 2.5M instances of hate speech  —  Firm's first quarterly moderation report also shows scale of spam, hate speech and violence  —  Facebook took moderation action …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
A study of 2 print and 2 digital-born news outlets in each of 11 European countries shows 41% of bylines were by male reporters and 23% from female reporters  —  Across 11 countries studied, 41 percent of bylines were male, 23 percent female.  —  It's the era of #metoo …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Consolidation of newsrooms by companies that own multiple TV stations in one market is creating uniformity of coverage, lessening watchdog power of local media  —  As big chains gobble up small TV stations, merged newsrooms are creating a uniformity of news coverage.
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Sources: Bill O'Reilly is in talks to return to cable news at Newsmax TV, one year after being forced out from Fox News amid sexual harassment allegations  —  Bill O'Reilly is in talks to head back to cable news in his old 8 p.m. slot, but this time at Newsmax TV, sources exclusively tell Page Six.
Elizabeth Dias / New York Times:
Profile of David Brody, correspondent for the Christian Broadcasting Network, who receives access to Trump while giving a direct line to an evangelical audience  —  David Brody has unusual access to the president.  In return, Mr. Trump gets a direct line to the evangelical audience he depends on.
Jason Schwartz / Politico:
Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti threatened to sue conservative outlet The Daily Caller News Foundation after they published a report on him  —  Stormy Daniels's lawyer calls out Daily Caller News Foundation for alleged “hit pieces.”  —  On Sunday, a national news outlet published …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Fox News
Mike Farrell / Multichannel News:
Betting-focused channels and fantasy sites expected to crowd the media field with the SCOTUS decision to allow states to offer sports betting  —  TVG, HRTV, WinView ready to pounce on opportunity  —  The decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to allow states to offer sports gambling services …
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Rich Lord / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
PCP Editor Charlie Deitch says he was fired after being told he could no longer write about a GOP state lawmaker, who was a client of paper's parent company
Sam Forsdick / Press Gazette:
Guardian adds a premier tier to its app for £5.99/month, giving readers a rolling live feed of news and updates, a Discover page to surface longer pieces, more
Discussion: The Guardian
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Minute Media, which operates a number of user-generated sports sites that attract 80M-90M users per month, raises $17M Series F led by Goldman Sachs and others
Discussion: VentureBeat
Sources: Amazon tests display ad product letting merchants buy spots across other sites after it abruptly stopped buying Google Product Listing Ads last month
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 Earlier Picks: 
Thu-Huong Ha / Quartz:
Amazon's control of the self-published ebook industry means authors lose negotiating power and publishers can't compete on pricing or receive data on what sells
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos says ~85% of new spending to go toward original content, plans to have about 1,000 originals total by the end of 2018
Seb Joseph / Digiday:
Advertisers on Facebook are re-examining their ad spend commitments to the platform as average price per ad goes up and ad targeting gets harder after GDPR