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11:45 AM ET, March 27, 2019


 Top News: 
Erik Wemple / @erikwemple:
[Thread] Sinclair announces it is shutting down its website Circa, which covered general interest news and drew contributions from Sinclair's TV stations  —  A statement from Sinclair confirms that it is shutting down its general interest website,
The Daily Beast:
Mueller was a ratings booster for MSNBC but in the wake of the Barr report, Rachel Maddow's show was down near 500K viewers since the previous week  —  The Mueller report and its potential implications have driven the network's coverage—and monster ratings—for two years.
Ben Strauss / Washington Post:
Adnan Virk discusses his firing from ESPN and his new role at streaming service DAZN, whose North American operation is headed by John Skipper  —  NEW YORK — On the afternoon of Feb. 1, Adnan Virk drove home from ESPN's headquarters in Bristol, Conn. It was a familiar trip.
Charles Bethea / New Yorker:
Since James Bruggers left his job at the Courier-Journal, Kentucky's coal country has been left without a newspaper reporter on the environment beat full-time  —  A year ago, the last Kentucky newspaper staffer dedicated to the environmental beat full-time left his job.  He was not replaced.
The New York Times Company:
NYT Diversity and Inclusion Report 2018: 51% of staff are women and 30% are people of color but racial diversity in leadership has not increased since 2016  —  The New York Times is driven by a simple but powerful mission: to seek the truth and help people understand the world.
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
John Cook, former executive editor of Gawker, is joining Business Insider as investigations editor where he will build a dedicated investigations unit  —  Alyson Shontell, editor in chief of Business Insider in the United States, sent out the following announcement on Wednesday:
Trey Yingst / Fox News:
Rocket fire landed near Fox News correspondent Trey Yingst and his TV crew as they reported on the exchange of fire between Israel and Hamas  —  ISRAEL-GAZA BORDER — Rockets from the Gaza Strip streamed through the sky above our crew.  —  And then, flashes of light.  —  Bang.  Bang.
Discussion: @treyyingst and Associated Press
Chris Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Krista Smith, Vanity Fair's executive West Coast editor who started at the magazine as a fact-checker in 1989, is joining Netflix as a consultant  —  The publication's executive West Coast editor is joining the streaming giant as a consultant, but will stay on as a contributing editor at the magazine.
Discussion: @chrissgardner
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Report: a judge in New York state has thrown out a libel case brought against the Wall Street Journal by a prominent antiques dealer over a 2017 article  —  A state court judge in New York threw out a case in which a prominent antiquities dealer accused The Wall Street Journal's publisher of libel.
Discussion: @georgikantchev
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Google is launching the Local Experiments Project to fund dozens of new local news sites in the US, partners with McClatchy for three operations in three years  —  Google is launching the Local Experiments Project, an effort to fund dozens of new local news websites around the country and eventually around the world.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Top music labels, including Sony and Warner, sue Charter, alleging it profits from repeat copyright infringers motivated by its advertised high internet speeds  —  The music industry is suing Charter Communications, claiming that the cable Internet provider profits from music piracy by failing …
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Rishabh R. Jain / Associated Press:
Facebook says it is partnering with media orgs in India ahead of elections to flag false stories across multiple languages, limiting them in News Feed by ~80%
Lautaro Grinspan / Washingtonian:
Foreign correspondents covering the US for publications globally indicate that international news outlets are also experiencing the “Trump bump”
Jon Slattery / InPublishing:
A look at intimidation against journalists across Europe, with the UK's NUJ reporting an increase in threats from the far right against its members
Discussion: Jon Slattery
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Viacom's shares soared ~10% amid speculation about its potential merger with CBS
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John Glenday / The Drum:
Survey: 63% of people now prefer to share content over “dark” social channels like Facebook Messenger, Snapchat, and WhatsApp
Liezel Hill / Bloomberg:
Bloomberg's South African journalists are struggling to live and work amid the country's series of scheduled power blackouts
James Vincent / The Verge:
European Parliament approves the Copyright Directive, a controversial law including Article 11, dubbed the “link tax” and Article 13, dubbed the “upload filter”