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4:00 PM ET, February 14, 2019


 Top News: 
Al Jazeera:
Maria Ressa has been released after spending one night in NBI custody and posting bail of 100K Philippine pesos, or about $1,900  —  Rappler editor and critic of Duterte's administration posts bail a day after widely condemned arrest on libel charges.  —  Maria Ressa, an award-winning …
Aika Rey / RAPPLER:
Rappler CEO Maria Ressa arrested by Philippines National Bureau of Investigation on cyber libel charges over story published four months before cyber law passed
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Apple has signed many publishers to its upcoming news service with a 50% revenue split, sources say, but that split likely won't satisfy major newspapers  —  Magazine publishers are on board with Apple's new subscription news service.  Newspapers aren't.  —  Apple says it wants to help save journalism.
Sources: Apple will unveil both its video and news subscription offerings at a March 25 event
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: Apple plans an April or May launch date for its video streaming service, but Netflix won't participate and HBO hasn't committed
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Sources: Facebook has a new funding program for Facebook Watch shows and is seeking influencers to work with production partners, wants limited exclusive rights  —  Facebook has created a new funding program where it would work with publishers and influencers on new shows for Facebook Watch.
Discussion: Ad Age, Tubefilter and @mattnavarra
Alexander Russo /
Since Columbine, media has gotten better at covering school shootings, but issues of accuracy, follow-up, and narrow focus on gun control advocacy remain  —  Coverage of the 2018 school shooting may be marginally better than it was 20 years ago after Columbine, but it's still not nearly good enough.
Kerry Flynn / Digiday:
The NYT has quietly paused its Snapchat channel with the last edition dated Dec 21, 2018; Snap says it is having ongoing “creative conversations” with the Times  —  After publishing to Snapchat Discover every weekday, The New York Times has quietly stopped its channel.
Discussion: @digiday
New York Times:
The Trump Administration reached out to Lou Dobbs and Sean Hannity to support Trump's border deal; sources: Bill Shine was involved in outreach to Fox hosts  —  WASHINGTON — In pursuit of a wall, President Trump ran into one.  A single-minded drive to force Congress to finance …
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Univision recorded 2018 loss of ~$130M on its English-language digital assets which include Gizmodo and The Onion, bought The Onion's remaining stake for $28.7M  —  The company reported that the assets lost $32.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2018.  —  Univision is acknowledging …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
The Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh:
The Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh releases accounts of Publisher John Robinson Block's newsroom visit, where he berated staff and frightened his young daughter  —  After much careful consideration, the Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh has decided to release some of the eyewitness accounts …
Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
The Chicago Cubs partners with Sinclair to launch a sports network that will become its exclusive TV home in 2020, ending more than 70 years of free broadcasts  —  A WGN-TV camera operator works a game between the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets at Wrigley Field in 2014.  (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune)
Discussion: @chicagotribune
Nathan Bomey / USA Today:
Poynter launches MediaWise, a program providing curriculum to middle schools and high schools in US to teach fact-checking, wants to reach 1M students by 2020  —  WASHINGTON — Is this story trustworthy?  —  That's a question The Poynter Institute says students need to be taught to answer themselves.
Discussion: Poynter and TVNewser
Mark Di Stefano / BuzzFeed:
LexisNexis has cut media access to TraceIQ, a database of names, phone numbers, and addresses used in investigative journalism, citing “public concern” and GDPR  —  Until now, Trace IQ let journalists search names, phone numbers and addresses in one database - now they've been banned …
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Michael Smith / SportsBusiness Daily:
Sources: the owner of the Cleveland Browns, also CEO of a truck stop chain, pulls out of an ad deal with ESPN two years early after a critical story on the team
Michael Malone / Broadcasting & Cable:
CNBC names Dan Colarusso, executive editor at Reuters Digital, as senior VP of business news, overseeing television news content, coverage, and production
Discussion: TVNewser and Variety
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
JibJab, one of the first companies that let people insert selfies into videos, gifs and e-cards, has been acquired by Catapult Capital for an undisclosed sum
Discussion: PR Newswire
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L.A. Times Guild:
The Los Angeles Times Guild pushes back against a proposal that potentially broadens management's control over employees' book or movie deals
Matt Thompson, executive editor of The Atlantic, is joining California's Center for Investigative Reporting as editor-in-chief
Jaclyn Peiser / New York Times:
Organizers at BuzzFeed News announce they plan to form a union, nearly a month after more than 40 people were laid off from newsrooms