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5:45 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. …
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.
James Ball / MIT Technology Review:   Some fear the sweeping nature of UK's proposal to combine work done by 8+ regulators into a new “super-regulator” with the power to block online platforms, more
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.
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 …
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.
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Joseph Azam, who resigned from News Corp in late 2017, says other employees were also troubled by Fox News' rhetoric  —  New York (CNN Business)Joseph Azam joined Rupert Murdoch's News Corp in 2015.  He says he loved working there.  But after the presidential election, he noticed a disturbing “change in tone.”
Discussion: Newsweek and @brianstelter
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
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.
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
A look at Facebook's “Today In” feature that only ~1.1M users have opted into so far and which is mostly surfacing crime and courts news  —  Our analysis of the links 10 cities saw in Facebook's local news section found funeral home obituaries, years-old stories, and yes, some meaningful local journalism.
Discussion: @dkiesow, @ewerickson and @jbenton
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  —  NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Lawrence Bartley, who spent 27 years in state prison, about why he's creating …
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.
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Democratic presidential candidates are divided on whether or not to appear on Fox News, with Pete Buttigieg among others appearing on the network's shows
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
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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
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
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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
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
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