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12:55 AM ET, April 7, 2019


 Top News: 
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
An example of the usability issues trying to find stories on Apple News+: a search for The Highlight by Vox  —  Eleven days ago, Apple unveiled its premium news subscription service, Apple News Plus.  And as I wrote at the time, it was kind of disappointing.
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
The creators of HBO's Westworld, Lisa Joy and Jonah Nolan, are leaving Warner Bros. TV to join Amazon, in what sources estimate is a deal worth $30M+/year  —  Lisa Joy and Jonah Nolan have exited their home at Warner Bros. TV but will remain involved with the HBO genre drama.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple Music has been growing at a monthly rate of 2.6% to 3% and had 28M US users in Feb., compared to Spotify's 26M US users and growth of 1.5% to 2%  —  Apple's music-streaming service has surpassed Spotify's in paid U.S. subscriptions yet lags its Swedish competitor globally.
Jacob Bacharach / New Republic:
After spending its early years searching for an identity, a look at MSNBC's narrow, left-wing focus on Trump's scandals to the exclusion of any other news  —  On January 31, Rachel Maddow, the eponymous host of The Rachel Maddow Show, returned from a commercial break.
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
YouTube, which used to highlight and promote independent creators, is shifting toward more commercial, advertiser-friendly content as it battles misinformation  —  Danny Philippou is mad.  —  He's practically standing on top of his chair as his twin brother and fellow YouTube creator Michael stares on in amusement.
Columbia Journalism Review:
25 years after the Rwandan genocide, the country has made progress in building a legal framework for press freedom but continues to be wary of journalism  —  April 7 marks 25 years since the start of the Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda.  Since then, the Rwandan government has had a complex relationship with the press.
Discussion: @cjr
Katherine Rosman / New York Times:
As Cosmo's EIC, Jessica Pels has focused on the magazine's online presence, growing digital subscriptions, affiliate revenue, and using Instagram as inspiration  —  Jessica Pels, the editor, is trying to save the magazine from the jaws of Instagram.  —  “Bad ideas first!” …
Jason Kint / Nieman Lab:
Survey: fewer than 50% of US adults expect Google to collect data on users' activities on its platforms or apps, track personal browsing for ad targeting, more  —  Numerous privacy scandals over the past couple of years have fueled the need for increased examination of tech companies' data tracking practices.
Discussion: Digital Content Next
Netflix's DVD service, with its 2.7M US subscribers, appeals not only to those with poor broadband but also to many in urban areas seeking an extensive catalog  —  (CNN)Remember when Netflix used to be a DVD-by-mail company?  Well, for 2.7 million subscribers in the US, it still is.
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Analysis: the gender pay gap favoring men in UK media rose at 11 news outlets and declined at 22 in 2018; bonus gap was 56.3% at CNN and 50.2% at Hearst  —  Almost a third of UK media companies have seen their gender pay gaps increase (in favour of men) on the year before, new figures reveal.
Discussion: Fast Company, The Guardian and Deadline
Daniel Green /
Journalists from India, Malta, and Turkey call on social media companies to crack down on political groups using their platforms to harass journalists  —  Examples of harassment of journalists in India, Malta and Turkey indicate how political groups are using online platforms to silence their critics
Discussion: Variety, @maggienyt and @mollypriddy
Patrick Frater / Variety:
Study: corporate consolidation is likely for pay-TV sector in Asia, which is losing momentum as consumers turn to OTT suppliers and piracy for video content  —  Corporate consolidation is increasingly likely, as the pay-TV sector in Asia loses momentum, and consumers turn to video content …
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Megan Farokhmanesh / The Verge:
YouTube staff are using their own channels to better understand creators' work as YouTube tries to balance creators' well-being and their career sustainability
Rob Williams / MediaPost:
Vogue returns to Greece after shutting down in 2012 due to the economic crisis; its 29-year-old EIC Thaleia Karafyllidou is the youngest of any Vogue title
Julia Ziemer / Polis:
Google News Initiative and LSE's journalism think tank are collaborating on Journalism AI, a project to survey media usage of AI and foster AI literacy
 Earlier Picks: 
Harry A. Jessell / TVNewsCheck:
Borrell report: Facebook, Google received 70% of the $60B in local digital ad spending in 2018; TV comprised 9% of local ad spend, beating newspapers, a first
Ron Amadeo / Ars Technica:
Google pilots a row of ads on the Android TV home screen of Sony smart TVs, Xiaomi's Mi Box 3, and others; users say they cannot disable the ads
Andrew Bucholtz / Awful Announcing:
The Athletic apologizes to a reader for automatically deleting a comment about staff diversity on a post seeking feedback, says it's re-evaluating procedures
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Snap emphasizes that its approach to privacy is different than others as it adds integrations like sharing buttons, with The Washington Post as a launch partner
Jack Crosbie / Splinter:
The BuzzFeed union accuses the company of union-busting as recognition drags; the company only wants to recognize specific titles, not the newsroom as a whole