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9:40 AM ET, February 11, 2019


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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  —  The Worst Thing We Read Yesterday™  —  Last night, Michael C. Moynihan of Vice tweeted a series of examples of Jill Abramson …
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  —  Multiples sources tell The Daily Beast that Michael Sanchez, a Trumpworld associate and brother to Bezos' lover, gave the couple's texts to The National Enquirer.
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.
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Local news network Patch is now profitable, with $20M in ad revenue a year, but wants to offer deeper coverage and is exploring AI, paid memberships, and more  —  Patch is reemerging as local newspapers decline.  —  Perhaps you've read that the future of media is in peril.  But that's probably overstating the case.
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.
Benjamin Goggin / Business Insider:
Sources: GateHouse Media has quietly cut 60+ employees after buying a group of newspapers from Schurz Communications for $30M in late January  —  - GateHouse Media, owned by local newspaper giant New Media Investment Group, is quietly laying off journalists across the country.
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.
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Game show app HQ Trivia's parent company adds Tinder CEO Elie Seidman to its board, as it tries to recover from the death of CEO Colin Kroll  —  New York (CNN Business)The owner of the HQ Trivia mobile game is expanding its board of directors as the startup tries to recover from the sudden death of CEO Colin Kroll last December.
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Despite recent cost-cutting measures at digital media companies, major Hollywood media conglomerates remain confident in them as long-term strategic investments  —  As BuzzFeed and Vice cut hundreds of jobs, Comcast or Disney could look at takeover bids, but “why would they want to double …
The Outline:
An argument against the fixed-price subscription model, which isn't affordable for all, in light of free journalism experiments by The Correspondent and others  —  Imploring readers to support outlets through subscriptions misdiagnoses the problem.  —  Unconventional Wisdom
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