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5:45 AM ET, February 23, 2019


 Top News: 
Chris Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
NYT says that a reporter and a photographer were disinvited from covering Vanity Fair's Oscar party; on Thursday, NYT ran a story on the party's inner workings  —  After a story published on Thursday, the paper's staffers say a reporter for the Times was disinvited to the magazine's Oscar party on Sunday.
Caroline O'Donovan / BuzzFeed News:
YouTube says it will remove ads on anti-vaccine videos, launches info panel below anti-vaccine videos that links to the Wikipedia page for “vaccine hesitancy”  —  YouTube on Friday said it would prevent channels that promote anti-vax content from running advertising …
Ryan Broderick / BuzzFeed News:
After reports of pedophiles using YouTube comments to sexualize videos of children, YouTube warns creators it may demonetize videos with inappropriate comments  —  A new controversy this week over the sexualized exploitation of children on YouTube has set off a wave of advertiser boycotts …
AT&T says it is pulling all advertising from YouTube after reports of pedophiles openly using the platform; Nestle and Epic Games have also pulled ads
Jacob Goldberg / Columbia Journalism Review:
Limited information channels meant the same Rohingya victims of sexual violence were interviewed many times for different outlets, incurring an additional toll  —  In late 2017, on the shores of southern Bangladesh, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people completed a grueling march to escape …
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: in editorial call, CNN head Zucker defends hiring former Trump admin official Sara Isgur, emphasizes she won't make decisions about political coverage  —  On an editorial call, Jeff Zucker endorses former Justice Department official Sarah Isgur, clarifying her role and title
Discussion: @coreypein
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
CNN hiring Sarah Isgur is puzzling given her reported loyalty pledge to Trump's anti-press agenda and numerous critical tweets of CNN, reporters, and Democrats
Peter Georgiev / Reynolds Journalism Institute:
As increased use of algorithms in journalism raises questions of responsibility for libel, some stress the importance of transparency in code  —  “I will work tirelessly to keep you informed as texts will be typed into my system uninterrupted.”  —  This is how Xinhua News' artificial …
Discussion: @niemanreports
Anna Beahm /
The Democrat-Reporter, the Alabama newspaper that ran a KKK editorial, has named Elecia R. Dexter, an African-American woman, as its new publisher and editor  —  A new publisher and editor have been named at the Democrat-Reporter, the newspaper that gained national attention this week …
Antonia Noori Farzan / Washington Post:
An Arizona cop threatened to arrest 12-year-old journalist Hilde Lysiak while she was reporting; Lysiak uploaded the exchange on YouTube and her own website  —  When a small-town Arizona cop stopped a 12-year-old reporter who was chasing down a story tip on Monday, he probably had no idea what he was getting himself into.
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
In France, ten media companies, which together reach ~80% of the population, are partnering and spending €5M to create a unified login system across their sites  —  Media companies eager to deepen relationships with their audiences are teaming up and turning to unified login systems …
Chuck Strouse / Miami New Times:
McClatchy CEO says ~225 employees have accepted buyout offers across the country with sources saying the Miami Herald is losing at least 10 employees  —  McClatchy Company CEO Craig Forman announced Wednesday “a bit fewer” than 225 employees had accepted buyout offers and would leave newspapers across the country.
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Tim Ingham / Rolling Stone:
DJ Marshmello's concert on Fortnite drew a peak crowd of 10.7M and led to 100M rise in his YouTube views; the DJ was equipped with a body-motion suit to perform
Discussion: The Verge
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Janko Roettgers / Variety:
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