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11:50 AM ET, May 24, 2019

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Washington Post:
US prosecutors charge Julian Assange with violating the Espionage Act in an indictment that says he “repeatedly encouraged” sources to steal government secrets  —  WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was charged Thursday with violating the Espionage Act by seeking out classified information …
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Columbia Journalism Review:
A newly released report on DOJ's subpoena of AP phone records in 2013 shows that DOJ also considered subpoenaing phone records of WaPo, NYT, and ABC
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
A distorted video of Speaker Pelosi, in which her speech is made to appear slurred, has 2M+ views on Facebook; YouTube says it has removed uploads of the video  —  Distorted videos of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), altered to make her sound as if she's drunkenly slurring her words …
Benjamin Goggin / Business Insider:
GateHouse Media cuts jobs for the second time in 2019; CEO of its parent company says the changes could affect about 200 people and are a small restructuring  —  - The local-newspaper giant GateHouse Media is laying off journalists across the US, multiple sources told Business Insider.
Axios:
Filing: Refinery29 is looking to raise up to $20M in convertible debt; source: $8M raised so far is from existing backers including Stripes Group, WarnerMedia  —  Refinery29, the venture-backed digital media company focused on millennial women, is looking to raise up to $20 million in new funding, according to an SEC filing.
Discussion: WWD
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Twitter permanently bans Brian and Ed Krassenstein, who frequently shared anti-Trump sentiments, alleging they ran fake accounts and purchased fake interactions  —  Ed and Brian Krassenstein are banned for life after ‘operating multiple fake accounts and purchasing account interactions,’ a Twitter spokesman said.
Pew Research Center:
Study: analysis of 17 national news outlets shows images accompanying stories on Facebook show men twice as often as women, most photos exclusively show men  —  Photos that exclusively show men make up the majority of photos that show people; representational differences persist across topics
Discussion: Nieman Lab, @arreglalo and NewsLab
INMA:
New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet on covering Trump, the Harvey Weinstein sex abuse scandal, reader understanding, digital innovation, and more  —  In a wide-ranging and sometimes intimate conversation with 500 of his closest professional colleagues — close because they've …
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Sources: Harvey Weinstein and his former studio's board members reach a tentative $44M deal to resolve lawsuits by women who accused him of sexual misconduct  —  Harvey Weinstein and his former studio's board members have reached a tentative $44 million deal to resolve lawsuits by women …
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Sources at Fox News say Sean Hannity doesn't follow Fox's supposed news standards because no one is willing to control him despite execs speaking with him  —  Despite reportedly being told to stop referring to dubious pundits as ‘investigative reporters,’ the primetime star has continued to do so.
Jem Aswad / Variety:
Rolling Stones to assign songwriter Richard Ashcroft royalties for the 1997 song Bitter Sweet Symphony; Keith Richards and Mick Jagger to receive writing credit  —  Nearly 22 years after the Verve's “Bittersweet Symphony” was released, the Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger and Keith Richards …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
FanDuel partners with fuboTV to bring sports betting data to the live-streaming service; deal also brings FanDuel's horse racing Networks to fuboTV  —  Live sports-streaming service fuboTV today announced a first-of-its-kind partnership with daily fantasy sports provider FanDuel …
Kali Hays / WWD:
Fortune's 27 digital staffers unionize with NewsGuild after a vote forced by management showed a majority in favor; the group makes up 60% of editorial staff  —  After management refused voluntary recognition, staffers showed their resolve.  —  The print side of Fortune magazine has been unionized for decades.
 
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Bill Bowden / Arkansas Democrat-Gazette:
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's publisher says he may spend $12M to give Apple iPads to print subscribers converting to digital, hopes to convert all by end of 2019
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
CNN to air an hour-long comedy special featuring Colin Quinn's Off-Broadway play Red State Blue State on Memorial Day
Discussion: Poynter
Guy Rosen / Facebook:
Facebook releases an update on enforcing its community standards, saying it banned 2.19B fake accounts in Q1 2019, up from 1.2B in Q4 2018
Washington Post:
San Francisco police's claim that Bryan Carmody was suspected of leaking a police report is an attempt to criminalize legitimate newsgathering
Peter Kafka / Vox:
Q&A with Neal Mohan, YouTube's chief product officer, about how the service deals with objectionable content, YouTube remaining an open platform, and more
Max Willens / Digiday:
Condé Nast announces Prime Web, a new ad program that offers video and interactive ad units across its portfolio using Spire, requires a minimum spend of $20K
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Victoria Song / Gizmodo:
Judge rules that a Redditor who is not a US resident can stay anonymous in a copyright case, says First Amendment applies for users of US-based companies
Discussion: Mashable and The Verge
Alex Crawford / Sky News:
Sky News correspondent Alex Crawford describes how her five-person crew was deliberately targeted and attacked by Syrian regime forces in Idlib province
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Rotten Tomatoes says it will now calculate the Audience Score using only ratings or reviews from users whose ticket purchase has been verified through Fandango
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Jay Fielden is out as Esquire editor in chief after three years as part of a reshuffling under Hearst Magazine President Troy Young