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7:10 PM ET, February 5, 2019

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Jaclyn Peiser / New York Times:
Around one-third of the content published by Bloomberg News uses some form of automated technology, with more news outlets beginning to rely on AI  —  As reporters and editors find themselves the victims of layoffs at digital publishers and traditional newspaper chains alike, journalism generated by machine is on the rise.
Anjali Robins / CNBC:
Disney beats estimates with Q1 net income of $2.79B on revenue of $15.3B vs. $15.14B expected; media networks revenue increased 7% YoY to $5.9B  —  - Investors and analysts are looking for new details on the company's direct-to-consumer plans and an update on its pending $71.3 billion acquisition …
Amanda Darrach / Columbia Journalism Review:
Amid buyouts and possible layoffs, McClatchy's board increased CEO Craig Forman's monthly stipend for travel, housing, and security from $5,000 to $35,000  —  BuzzFeed, HuffPo, Gannett, Vice.  This has already been a ruthless year for layoffs in digital journalism.
Vox:
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 …
Owen S. Good / Polygon:
Machinima is now officially closed, two weeks after it went offline, with layoffs of 81 people but a “select number” remaining to work at AT&T's Otter Media  —  Parent company confirms shutdown two weeks after everything went offline  —  Machinima is officially no more.
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
Kim Severson / New York Times:
The Los Angeles Times is resuming a print section dedicated to food in April, to be delivered on Thursdays, with new staff members to fill its pages  —  New hires are part of a rebuilding effort at a newspaper that has experienced hard times.  —  The Los Angeles Times said Tuesday …
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 nytimes.com, thanks to more than 30,000 contributions from its readers.
Discussion: @tjdoyle and @sarafischer
Greg Dool / Folio:
American Media, publisher of National Enquirer, US Weekly, and Men's Journal, has acquired TEN: Publishing's 14 brands in its Adventure Sports Network  —  The National Enquirer publisher adds 14 more media brands to its portfolio in its fourth acquisition since 2017.
Discussion: MediaPost
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.
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
 
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Jon Levine / The Wrap:
Leaked audio: Vice news chief Josh Tyrangiel says Vice is nearing a deal with Hulu for a new show, and revenue loss after end of HBO show contributed to layoffs
Washington Post:
The Washington Post adds International Women's Media Foundation and James W. Foley Legacy Foundation to Press Freedom Partnership
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
Sun Basket Meals becomes the latest company to remove its ads from Tucker Carlson's Fox News show
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
UK broadcaster Sky News is celebrating its 30th anniversary by broadcasting non-stop behind-the-scenes footage of its newsroom all day
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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
Discussion: The Wrap and MediaPost
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
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