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4:15 PM 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.
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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.
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.”
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.
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 …
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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.
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  —  Nancy Pelosi didn't slur her words at an event in Washington, D.C., last week.  But a video making it look like she did has been viewed millions of times on Facebook.
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
Reed Hastings' representative says he donated to Missouri legislators to support charter schools, after controversy over lawmakers' vote for 8-week abortion ban  —  Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has long advocated for charter schools, giving money to Republicans and Democrats across the country in support of the education reform movement.
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.
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:
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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