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6:35 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.
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
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.
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.
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  —  A secret group of mainly male French journalists have been accused of coordinating a sprawling, yearslong campaign …
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 …
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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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
Discussion: @justinmoorhouse
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William Branigin recalls Joe Alex Morris Jr, the LA Times Middle East correspondent, who was killed in the Iranian Revolution 40 years ago
The Outline:
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