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3:30 PM ET, February 5, 2019


 Top News: 
15 influencers, including Jonah Peretti, Ro Khanna, Brooke Binkowski, Malcolm Gladwell, Mark Warner, and Kara Swisher, weigh in on Facebook on its 15th birthday  —  15 influencers weigh in on the company's 15th birthday.  —  When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg returned to Harvard in 2017 …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Researchers at Medill Local News Initiative analyzed 13TB of subscriber data from local papers, found high correlation between regular reading and sub retention  —  Hey, local newspapers: Want to try to predict which of your subscribers are going to stick with you — and keep paying — no matter what?
Discussion: Local News Initiative
Kevin Draper / New York Times:
CBS says 98.2M people watched the Super Bowl, the smallest television audience for the event since 2008, while 2.6M viewed via streaming  —  It was the lowest scoring Super Bowl ever, a universally agreed upon snoozefest.  The halftime show was forgettable.  The commercials were tame.
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook bans 22 more Alex Jones-linked Pages as it implements a new policy update, after finding admins repurposing old Pages with content from banned Pages  —  The company says it's cracking down on people gaming the system  —  Facebook today removed 22 pages associated …
Discussion: Recode and CNN, more at Techmeme »
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Montana Democrats introduce a “Protect The Free Press Act”, which would increase fine for assaulting a journalist from $500 to $5000, with up to a year in jail  —  HELENA, Mont. — Democrats in the Montana state legislature put forward a bill Monday that would increase the penalty …
Discussion: @mtdems
Sara Fischer / Axios:
The New York Times is offering free online subscriptions to 3M+ students, made possible by 30,000 contributions from readers  —  The New York Times will announce today that more than 3 million U.S. students now receive free access to, thanks to more than 30,000 contributions from its readers.
Discussion: @tjdoyle and @sarafischer
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Viacom's Q1 revenue rose 1% to $3.09B, falling below analysts' expectations, with ad revenue at its media networks dropping 6% YoY  —  Revenue for the company, led by CEO Bob Bakish, fell short of Wall Street expectations as advertising revenue dropped, but affiliate revenue increased.
Discussion: The Wrap and MediaPost
Sanjana Karanth / HuffPost:
The Washington Post's spend on its Super Bowl ad, reportedly $5.2M, has provoked anger in some quarters, including the Washington-Baltimore News Guild  —  Many are having issues with how much it cost, saying that money could go toward paying journalists.  —  The Washington Post aired …
The New York Times Company:
Michelle Agins, the second black female photographer to be hired at the NYT, has been awarded the National Press Photographers Association's highest honor  —  We are thrilled to announce that three members of the Photo department have been honored by the National Press Photographers Association.
BuzzFeed News:
The US-arm of China's English-language state TV broadcaster, CGTN, has registered as a foreign agent under the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA)  —  “It's already hard describing who we work for,” one CGTN source said.  “This makes it even more complicated and uncomfortable when talking to anyone on the outside.”
Discussion: @miriamelder and @buzzfeedben
Washington Post:
The Washington Post adds International Women's Media Foundation and James W. Foley Legacy Foundation to Press Freedom Partnership  —  The Washington Post today announced the addition of the International Women's Media Foundation and James W. Foley Legacy Foundation to its Press Freedom Partnership.
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Jon Levine / The Wrap:
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Nicole LaPorte / Fast Company:
Speaking at the Television Critics Association's winter gathering, FX CEO criticises Netflix for “not telling you the whole story” about its viewership figures
Stewart Clarke / Variety:
Viacom has launched MTV Play, a streaming app for music channel MTV, in the UK targeted at younger viewers and cordcutters; it is priced at £3.99 a month
Discussion: Digiday and The Verge
Philana Patterson / USA Today:
Gannett says its board has unanimously rejected an acquisition offer from Digital First Media, saying that the offer is not credible and undervalues the company