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6:15 PM ET, February 11, 2019


 Top News: 
Wall Street Journal:
Source: American Media sought advice from the DOJ over whether it should register as a foreign agent after working with Saudi Arabia  —  American Media inquired about having to register as foreign agent after publishing glossy magazine promoting Saudi Arabia and its new crown prince
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
AMI sources: Lauren Sanchez's brother provided her texts with Bezos to National Enquirer; Bezos' security consultant says probe into who provided texts is over
Mark Fainaru-Wada / ESPN:
Bob Costas, a sports broadcasting icon, on how his criticism of the NFL and its handling of the CTE scandal led to him leaving NBC  —  IN DECEMBER 2015, the movie “Concussion” was set for a Christmas Day release in nearly 3,000 theaters across America.  The film told the story of the NFL's attempts …
Kevin McElwee / Columbia Journalism Review:
Analysis of six years of Who Pays Writers? data: freelancers typically made $200 per article, 73% had to wait 4+ weeks to be paid, and print articles paid more  —  The website Who Pays Writers? was founded in 2012 as a public, anonymous forum for freelancers to share their experiences working for publications.
Alexandria Neason / Columbia Journalism Review:
Former Marketplace reporter Lewis Wallace, fired for refusing to take a post on journalistic objectivity down, is crowdfunding a podcast exploring the subject  —  The American journalism community fancies itself a completely neutral estate, the poster child for objectivity.  But this conceit is, at best, ahistorical.
Mihir Zaveri / New York Times:
A.J. Calloway, a host on entertainment news show “Extra,” was suspended by Warner Bros. on Saturday amid growing number of sexual misconduct allegations  —  A.J. Calloway, a host on the entertainment news show “Extra,” was suspended by Warner Bros. on Saturday amid a growing number of accusations of sexual misconduct.
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Complex has licensed six of its shows to Netflix and another 10 to Hulu in 2019  —  “QB1: Beyond the Lights” is a reality show that follows three star high school quarterbacks during their final season before they move on to play college football.  Produced by Complex Networks with …
Discussion: @digiday and @richantoniello
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
As Fox News' opinion programming comes under scrutiny, the network's pitch to advertisers is more focused on the popularity of its news anchors and their shows  —  Whether or not they watch Fox News Channel regularly, a lot of people talk about its primetime hosts: Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson.
Discussion: TVNewser
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Viacom's VidCon, a conference for online video creators, is launching in London this week as part of an expansion into international markets  —  “There is such a great group of creators in the U.K.,” says Jim Louderback, the CEO of the Viacom-owned events business that has been making an international push.
Scott Roxborough / Hollywood Reporter:
CICAE, a European trade body representing art house cinemas, has criticized the Berlin Film Festival for including a Netflix film in its competition line-up  —  In an open letter to Berlin festival director Dieter Kosslick and the German culture minister, cinema owners criticized the inclusion …
CBC News:
Joe Schlesinger, former foreign correspondent for CBC and one of Canada's most beloved journalists, has died at age 90 after a lengthy illness  —  Schlesinger spent decades covering some of the most significant events of the 20th and 21st centuries  —  Joe Schlesinger, who narrowly escaped …
William Branigin / Washington Post:
William Branigin recalls Joe Alex Morris Jr, the LA Times Middle East correspondent, who was killed in the Iranian Revolution 40 years ago  —  Forty years ago, L.A. Times correspondent Joe Alex Morris Jr. and I headed into Tehran's chaos as the shah's regime teetered.
Jill Abramson continues to defend her book against plagiarism charges, says she gave Vice early excerpts of the book and invited the company's response  —  New York (CNN Business)Jill Abramson continues to claim that passages from her new book, “Merchants of Truth,” weren't plagiarized, but instead were improperly credited.
Tom Scocca / Hmm Daily:
Journalists defending Jill Abramson's plagiarism show that public figures above a certain level are somewhat immune to any real career consequences
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Ryan Broderick / BuzzFeed News:
A group of French Twitter personalities, called LOL League, is accused of coordinating harassment campaigns against female and LGBTQ writers and people of color
Business Wire:
Hearst Magazines President Troy Young has been named Vice Chairman of IAB's board for 2019, which a number of media execs have also joined
Travis Clark / Business Insider:
Steven Soderbergh's new film High Flying Birds, which premiered on Netflix on Friday and is a hit with critics, was shot on iPhone
Press Association:
Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho to host a fortnightly show on football on RT, starting on March 7
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