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4:00 PM ET, February 26, 2019


 Top News: 
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Sources: Facebook will only renew about one-third of existing Facebook Watch news shows; source says one show that was renewed had a 30% budget cut  —  Facebook is showing a greater willingness to ax news programming that's not working on Facebook Watch.  —  Last June, Facebook rolled …
Hadas Gold / CNN:
A DC appeals court has rejected the Department of Justice's bid to overturn a ruling that cleared the way for AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner  —  London (CNN Business)An appeals court has rejected the Justice Department's bid to overturn a ruling that cleared the way for AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner.
American Journalism Project:
The American Journalism Project, a venture philanthropy project aiming to reinvigorate local news, has launched with $42M in commitments  —  New venture philanthropy organization will work collaboratively to catalyze a new generation of civic news organizations  —  Feb. 26, 2019.
Rani Molla / Recode:
LinkedIn: share of journalism hires has declined 14% since 2004, but total share of journalism, PR, content, and social media hires was larger in 2018 than 2004  —  The plight of journalists might not be that bad if you're willing to consider a broader view of “journalism.”
East Bay Times:
After inadvertently releasing a list of thousands of cops with criminal convictions under public records law, CA's AG threatened two reporters with legal action  —  Attorney General warns reporters it's illegal to possess list of thousands of cop convictions  —  Their crimes ranged from shoplifting to embezzlement to murder.
Washington Post:
The US press corps were forced to leave the Melia hotel in Hanoi, where TV crews had spent weeks setting up cameras, after Kim Jong-Un arrived to stay  —  HANOI — What happens when the authoritarian ruler of North Korea checks into a hotel teeming with American journalists filing round-the-clock news reports?
The Guardian:
UK far-right activist Tommy Robinson has been permanently banned from Facebook and Instagram for repeatedly breaking policies on hate speech  —  Far-right founder of English Defence League repeatedly breached hate speech rules  —  Tommy Robinson, the far-right founder of the English Defence League …
Rafael Bernal / The Hill:
Univision says Jorge Ramos and his team, who were in Caracas to interview Maduro, were briefly detained at the palace after Maduro “didn't like” their questions  —  Univision reporter Jorge Ramos was detained at the presidential palace in Caracas Monday by order …
Jaclyn Peiser / New York Times:
Out magazine, whose parent company is owned by hedge fund Oreva Capital, has failed to pay contributors on time; CEO says five employees have been laid off  —  With a new editor in chief, a new staff and a new look, the February issue of Out magazine represented a fresh start for the groundbreaking queer publication.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Discovery Inc, which purchased Scripps Network Interactive last year, said Q4 revenue rose 51% YoY to $2.8B+, after posting a loss in the same period last year  —  Discovery Inc. said it swung to a profit in the fourth quarter after posting a loss in the year-earlier period.
Discussion: MediaPost and Broadcasting & Cable
Tim Ingham / Music Business Worldwide:
A job posting from Spotify suggests the company wants to develop a series of sports podcasts  —  Earlier this month, Spotify boss Daniel Ek got the music industry talking by predicting that over 20% of listening on his service will cover non-music content in the years to come.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
At the Oscars, Netflix's Roma wins Best Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Foreign Film, but not Best Picture  —  “Roma” took home three Academy Awards tonight — though not Best Picture, which went to “Green Book.”  —  Alfonso Cuarón did win an Oscar for directing the film.
Rick Porter / Hollywood Reporter:
Ratings for the 2019 Oscars, which had no host and ran 41 minutes shorter than last year's, increased ~12% YoY to 29.6M viewers, after 2018's all-time low
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Interviews with current and former Facebook content moderators in US show they make $28K/year, some develop PTSD, and a few are radicalized by fringe content  —  The secret lives of Facebook moderators in America  —  She spent the past three and a half weeks in training …
Justin Osofsky / Facebook:
Facebook says it's committed to enforcing its expectations of working conditions for contractor moderators, and the firms it partners with excel in their domain
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Joe Otterson / Variety:
HBO has ordered a second new documentary series of “Axios”, from the news site of the same name, as well as four shorter specials focused on more timely news
Discussion: Deadline
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called on governments and the international community to protect the press as attacks become “the new normal”
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
Memo: Jenna Bush Hager has been named as co-host of NBC's “Today” show, anchoring the program alongside Hoda Kotb in its fourth hour
Discussion: @thestalwart
 Earlier Picks: 
Spotify's launch in India hits a snag as Warner Music Group files an injunction to bar Spotify's access to Warner/Chappell's library of 1M+ songs
Manish Singh / VentureBeat:
Mozilla partners with Scroll to test alternative funding models for the web, following the news subscription service's acquisition of Nuzzel earlier this month
Discussion: The Verge and Future Releases
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Facebook restores network of Russia-backed pages targeting US millennials, 10 days after suspending them, after forcing those behind them to disclose RT ties