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7:00 PM ET, February 26, 2019


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Hadas Gold / CNN:
DC appeals court rejects DOJ's bid to overturn the ruling that cleared the way for AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner; DOJ says it will not seek further review  —  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.
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 …
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.
Columbia Journalism Review:
Reuters/Ipsos poll in US: 60% believe sources pay reporters sometimes or very often, 41% are less likely to believe stories with anonymous sources, and more  —  For decades, we've known that Americans don't trust the press.  What we haven't known is how people view the makings of journalism …
Gus Garcia-Roberts / USA Today:
Twitter has permanently suspended Jacob Wohl for creating and operating fake accounts, after he shared plans to make deceptive accounts before the 2020 election  —  Twitter announced that it is permanently suspending Jacob Wohl, a 21-year-old Internet hoaxer and supporter of President Donald Trump …
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.
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.”
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 …
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.
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
Tim Ingham / Music Business Worldwide:
A job posting from Spotify suggests the company wants to develop a series of sports podcasts
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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
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
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