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11:20 AM ET, May 31, 2019

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Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
Should Gannett and GateHouse merge, the resulting company would own one in six US newspapers and have increasingly regionalized reporting and business functions  —  A combined company would own 1 of every 6 daily newspapers in America — and a little more breathing room.
Discussion: @niemanlab
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Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
Tribune Publishing to pay $56M cash dividend to shareholders, shrinking its cash balance to ~$25M, reducing its appeal to buyers and its ability to acquire  —  Printing of the Chicago Tribune newspaper, at Chicago Tribune Freedom Center, at 560 W. Grand Ave., in Chicago on Monday May 16, 2016.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Gannett has held merger talks with GateHouse Media, which would unite the US's two biggest newspaper groups; it's also spoken to McClatchy and Tribune  —  The potential tie-up would bring together the two largest newspaper groups in the country  —  USA Today publisher Gannett Co …
Keach Hagey / Wall Street Journal:
Study on behavioral ad targeting finds that publishers only get about 4% more revenue for an ad impression that has a cookie enabled than for one that doesn't  —  Finding could affect where publishers line up in brewing privacy battles  —  Are creepy advertisements really necessary to support the free web?
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Sources: NYT “prefers” its reporters not appear on cable news shows that it perceives as too partisan, including Rachel Maddow's and Don Lemon's  —  The Times recently yanked one of its journalists from Rachel Maddow amid concerns about cable-news “bias.”  Dean Baquet “thinks it's a real issue.”
Discussion: TVNewser, Fox News, Politico and Mediaite
Katie Kilkenny / Hollywood Reporter:
WarnerMedia, AMC, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and NBCUniversal say they will reevaluate filming in Georgia if a restrictive abortion law goes into effect  —  A slew of major Hollywood studios with business in the state finally spoke up about how the “highly restrictive legislation” …
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Lisa Richwine / Reuters:
Disney's Bob Iger said it would be difficult to film in Georgia if a new abortion law takes effect: “Many people who work for us will not want to work there”
Popular Information:
Netflix said it would rethink filming in GA pending abortion law, but CEO has given $143K to GOP members of MO legislature, which passed an 8-week abortion ban
Carlos Maza / @gaywonk:
[Thread] Despite policies against harassment, YouTube lets Steve Crowder videos stay up, with repeated attacks on Carlos Maza's sexual orientation and ethnicity  —  So, I have pretty thick skin when it comes to online harassment, but something has been really bothering me.
Hannah Ritchie / Our World in Data:
Study comparing causes of death in US with Google searches and NYT/Guardian coverage finds that terrorism and homicide are vastly overrepresented in the media  —  Our World in Data presents the empirical evidence on global development in entries dedicated to specific topics.
David Cohen / Adweek:
The Trust Project, which helps assess news sources, is launching as a nonprofit, with $2.25M via Craig Newmark Philanthropies, Facebook, and the Democracy Fund  —  It received a $2.25 million infusion from Facebook, Craig Newmark Philanthropies, the Democracy Fund
Katie Kilkenny / Hollywood Reporter:
Study of reviewers on Rotten Tomatoes finds men and women comprise 66% and 34%, respectively, of film critics working for print, broadcast, and online outlets  —  The latest Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film study of Rotten Tomatoes reviewers found male film critics dominated …
Discussion: The Wrap and Variety
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
In interview, Michael Wolff says as a non-institutional reporter it's “silly” to ask subjects for their responses to claims when you know what they will be  —  “I'm a New York guy,” the author says.  “Trump is a New York guy.  In the end, we know a lot of the same people.”
Sarah Sluis / AdExchanger:
New York Post CEO Sean Giancola plans to diversify revenue with a commerce program to recommend products and a digital subscription launching later this year  —  The New York Post promoted Sean Giancola to publisher and CEO in January after Jesse Angelo left the company.
 
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Daniel Funke / Poynter:
Though fact checks of the Pelosi video on Facebook had small audiences, fact checks for other falsehoods have had more reach than what they debunked
Dani Deahl / The Verge:
In the age of music streaming, missing, bad, or inconsistent song metadata is estimated to have left billions on the table unpaid to artists and musicians
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Brent Lang / Variety:
The Atlantic signs a first-look deal with Anonymous Content for the magazine's past and present content; Emerson Collective is an investor in both companies
Discussion: The Wrap
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Critics slammed Facebook and Twitter for hosting a doctored video of Pelosi, but many overlooked Fox News, which smeared Pelosi via a separate video montage