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2:40 PM ET, April 8, 2019


 Top News: 
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Private equity firm Great Hill Partners has agreed to acquire Gizmodo Media Group from Univision, forming a new company led by digital media exec Jim Spanfeller  —  Private-equity firm Great Hill Partners has agreed to acquire Gizmodo Media Group from Univision Communications Inc. …
Emily Bell / The Guardian:
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Poll: 69% of Americans use social media at least once a day, 82% believe it wastes their time, 55% think it spreads lies and falsehoods, 57% say “it divides us”  —  A sizable majority say social media does more to divide the country than unite it, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
UK whitepaper proposes “code of best practice” for how internet platforms should deal with harmful content, suggests expanding liability to tech company execs  —  Internet sites could be fined or blocked if they fail to tackle “online harms” such as terrorist propaganda and child abuse, under government plans.
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Sources: Megyn Kelly is planning a comeback following her departure from NBC News and is currently considering her options, including podcasts  —  Megyn Kelly's antipathy towards Donald Trump may torpedo a return to right wing media—while the NBC ‘blackface’ controversy may prevent her from rejoining the media mainstream.
Nico Lang / Columbia Journalism Review:
Interview with Andy Towle, founder and EIC of LGBTQ news site Towleroad, on its origins before social media, how it has survived, and its evolving news approach  —  Towleroad began as a hobby.  An LGBTQ news site, it was started in 2003 after its founder and editor-in-chief, Andy Towle, left Genre, a gay lifestyle magazine.
Stephen Fowler / Columbia Journalism Review:
Georgia's proposed Ethics in Journalism Act would compel reporters to hand over audio and video recordings and photos free of charge to interviewees when asked  —  In the waning hours of Georgia's legislative session, between votes on sex trafficking and organ procurement …
Laura McGann / Vox:
Mark Halperin apologized for his conduct towards women in an interview Thursday yet his punditry on political candidates remained sexist  —  His first interview post-#MeToo included a pretty sexist assessment of the 2020 field.  —  Mark Halperin swears he's changed his personal conduct since …
Discussion: @lkmcgann and @nishachittal
Gabe Bullard / Nieman Reports:
As more people use voice-activated smart speakers to request news, publishers are turning newscasts into conversations, challenging the foundations of radio  —  Smart speakers are challenging the foundations of radio, and news outlets are racing to find a place on the platform
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
Former Fox News host Greta Van Susteren is to host a nightly show, airing on local news company Gray Television's 93 television stations from September  —  Former Fox News host Greta Van Susteren will return to television with a new syndicated show on local news giant Gray Television, the company announced on Monday.
John Williams / New York Times:
Interview with Erin Lee Carr about her new book, All That You Leave Behind, exploring her relationship with her father, journalist David Carr  —  Carr's new memoir, “All That You Leave Behind,” documents her relationship with her father, the former Times reporter and columnist David Carr …
Lynne Marek / Crain's Chicago Business:
How Johnson Publishing, once the most powerful African-American company in the US and owner of iconic magazines Jet and Ebony, fell into decline  —  Johnson Publishing was once the most powerful African-American company in the country, but now its iconic magazines Ebony and Jet have been sold …
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Q&A with Lawrence Bartley, the ex-prisoner and Marshall Project staffer behind News Inside, a print publication which has been distributed to 30 prisons so far
Ted Johnson / Variety:
Groups representing producers, filmmakers, and other content creators have urged the FTC against introducing privacy regulations similar to the EU's GDPR
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
MTV names former Bleacher Report president Rory Brown to the newly created position of Head of Digital and Social for MTV and other networks
James Walker / Press Gazette:
Google's DNI Fund backs Noteworthy, a platform from Irish news site The Journal, which will crowdfund investigation ideas and then ask the public to fund them
Paul Caruana Galizia / Tortoise:
Paul Caruana Galizia, son of murdered investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, says the Maltese government is blocking a public inquiry into her death
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Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
While studios offer showrunners money from syndication and ads, value is not as quantifiable on streaming services whose advances and buyouts inflate contracts
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
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