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3:55 AM ET, March 4, 2019


 Top News: 
Q&A with Vivek Shah, CEO of J2 Global, which owns a portfolio of 40+ brands like Mashable, Ziff Davis, Speedtest, and IGN and which almost bought Gawker Media  —  J2 Global owns a portfolio of media and internet service companies that includes PCMag, Mashable, and Speedtest by Ookla.
Mark Di Stefano / BuzzFeed:
Writer and editor Emily Sheffield to launch #ThisMuchIKnow, a media startup backed by Guardian that will deliver news through Instagram posts and stories  —  Emily Sheffield told potential reporters and editors she had the backing of the Guardian's £42 million venture capital fund.
Isaac Lee / Columbia Journalism Review:
A look at the tactics used by the Venezuelan government to eliminate most independent media, from censorship to having government sympathizers buy outlets  —  Earlier this week, the Nicolás Maduro regime detained and expelled journalist Jorge Ramos, one of the most famous news anchors in the world …
Discussion: @samuelcnn
Max Willens / Digiday:
VC investors see growth in sports digital media like Overtime and Chernin Group's Action Network because their loyal fan bases offer revenue sources beyond ads  —  Venture capital firms might have soured on digital media companies over the past few years, but many sports media companies continue to draw backing.
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Former White House staffer Seb Gorka says he is no longer a contributor to Fox News: “I decided not to renew my contract”  —  Gorka, who hosts a daily radio show for Salem Radio Network, said he decided not to renew his contract.  —  Sebastian Gorka is no longer a Fox News contributor …
Paul Mozur / New York Times:
Interview with NYT's Paul Mozur, a tech reporter in Shanghai, about his most important tools, especially in a country with a government known for surveillance  —  To protect himself and his sources from prying eyes in China, Paul Mozur, a technology reporter in Shanghai, leaves just an “innocent trace” of digital exhaust.
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Q&A with the NYT Opinion Video director and senior editor on their first year, lessons learned, and how they're trying to appeal to a YouTube-native audience  —  “Hi.  I'm Niecy Nash, actress, inventor, and advocate for not calling 911 on black people for no goddamn reason."
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Fortnite dance emote lawsuits set a precedent for media companies to abuse copyright law further and turn shared culture of dance moves into private property  —  Fortnite is one of the most popular and profitable video games in history, and its publisher Epic is copying creative work …
The Guardian:
Uganda says the number of subscriptions to ~60 apps like Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, declined by 2.5M in the three months after social media tax was introduced  —  Economic fears raised as online subscriptions plummet in months following launch of levy created to curb ‘gossip’
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