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9:25 AM ET, March 19, 2019

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Medium:
Medium is once again seeking writers and editors to launch new publications on its platform, offering temporary contracts which may or may not be renewed  —  We are looking to fund more great editors, writers, and publishers  —  Every day, millions of people read unique, thought-provoking stories on Medium.
Discussion: New York Times and @rafat
Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:
Rep. Devin Nunes is suing Twitter and some of its users for defamation, alleging Twitter is shadow banning conservatives, seeks $250M+ in damages  —  House Intelligence Committee ranking member and former chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) is suing Twitter and a number of its users for more than $250 million.
Facebook:
Facebook says original Christchurch attack video was viewed <200 times during live broadcast; first user report came in 12 minutes after live broadcast ended  —  Our hearts go out to the victims, their families and the community affected by the horrific terrorist attacks in Christchurch.
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Ryan Faughnder / Los Angeles Times:
Warner Bros. Chief Executive Kevin Tsujihara steps down following allegations that he had an affair with a young actress and tried to get her cast in movies  —  Warner Bros. Chief Executive Kevin Tsujihara will step down after allegations that he had an affair with a young actress and tried …
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CNN:
The State Dept. press corps was barred from a Pompeo briefing, and the department won't release a list of attendees but said it was for “faith-based media only”  —  (CNN)The State Department on Monday said it would not be distributing a transcript or list of attendees …
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Reed Hastings confirms that Netflix won't be offering its content through Apple's upcoming video service  —  In other news: Turns out Netflix is not a tech company, Hastings says.  —  Apple is planning a big announcement to unveil its new video strategy next week, and there is a long list of unknowns about Apple's plans.
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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: the National Enquirer acquired Jeff Bezos' racy texts from his lover's brother for $200,000  —  Michael Sanchez sold the billionaire's secrets to American Media, the Enquirer's publisher, said people familiar with the matter  —  Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos and his allies …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Former DNC Chair Donna Brazile, who left CNN over leaks to Clinton campaign, has joined Fox News as a contributor  —  Donna Brazile, the former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, will join Fox News as a contributor, the cable-news network announced Monday.
Lívia Vieira / Nieman Lab:
Q&A with media academic and author C.W. Anderson, who says the current business model of US national news is Trump coverage plus rolling political scandals  —  LÍVIA VIEIRA: Your Ph.D. dissertation is remarkable, because almost 10 years ago, you were observing what you called the culture of the click.
Alex Weprin / @alexweprin:
ProPublica:
Cook County Juvenile Court judge bars ProPublica Illinois from publishing info that could identify families in a child welfare case the site is investigating  —  In an unusual move, a Cook County Juvenile Court judge has barred ProPublica Illinois, as well as other media …
The Incline:
Spirited Media has sold Pittsburgh news site The Incline to local news startup Whereby.us, which operates sites in Miami, Seattle, Orlando, and Portland  —  The Incline's getting a signal boost and new partners in journalism.  —  Dear Incline readers,  —  Some personal news: we've got a new owner!
Facebook Journalism Project:
Facebook announces the Facebook Journalism Project Community Network to support projects aimed at building community through local news  —  Product Marketing Manager, Today In Local News Partnerships Lead  —  Over the last twenty-five years, news deserts - communities with little or no local reporting …
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Associated Press:
Facebook is struggling with Today In, its feature curating local news, because 40% of Americans live in places that do not have enough local news coverage
 
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Steven Nelson / Washington Examiner:
New White House policy states reporters must spend 50% of their time at the White House, which few currently do, to qualify for a “hard” press pass
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
A new documentary, “Raise Hell”, looks at the life of famed Texan political columnist Molly Ivins, who died of cancer in 2007
Todd Spangler / Variety:
In a major jump to digital from traditional pay-TV, UFC signs a deal with ESPN that will see its pay-per-view events available exclusively on ESPN+ for 7 years
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable and The Wrap
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Adam Sternbergh / Vulture:
How podcasts have become audio portals into unexpected worlds, with an estimated 660K shows in production, offering ~28M individual episodes for 62M listeners
Financial Times:
New York Times CEO Mark Thompson criticizes the UK government's decision to make the BBC pay the cost of free TV licenses for over-75s
Sheila Dang / Reuters:
Comcast combines NBCUniversal and Sky's ad power to target viewers better worldwide through a new service called AdSmart
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
The EU has backed a resolution criticizing Iran's treatment of BBC Persian journalists, saying the country's authorities have “systematically targeted” them
Mark Di Stefano / BuzzFeed:
Leaked docs show a pro-Corbyn “alt left” news site Evolve Politics is paying freelance journalists as little as £10 an article plus slice of digital ad revenue
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
Ahead of Disney-Fox deal closing, executives from Peter Chernin to Bob Greenblatt discuss their time working at 21st Century Fox
Washington Post:
Inside YouTube's efforts to shut down uploads, coming as quickly as 1 per second, of the Christchurch shooting as uploaders managed to evade its detection tools