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5:20 PM ET, February 7, 2020


 Top News: 
Edmund Lee / New York Times:
A look at the profitable subscription-based tech news site The Information, which Jessica Lessin says is expected to reach $20M in sales by the end of 2020  —  Jessica Lessin's online tech publication costs $399 a year and has no ads.  Silicon Valley's elite is eating it up.
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Sources: new Tribune Publishing CEO Terry Jimenez cut at least six positions ranked VP or higher, including that of Grant Whitmore, former Daily News publisher  —  Even the ax men are getting axed at Tribune Publishing.  —  The struggling newspaper giant's new boss has unleashed a bloodbath …
@CTGuild / Chicago Tribune Guild:
[Thread] Tribune Publishing's Chicago-area newsrooms are losing more than a dozen staffers who chose to take buyouts in the most recent round of cuts
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:
Investigation finds a network of around 100 “local news” sites, dating back to at least 2015, that have been plagiarizing stories from major news organizations  —  As they stole stories from real newspapers, these sites baffled scientists, activists, and journalists.  Until now.
Carolyn Said / San Francisco Chronicle:
The author of California's AB5 law says she'll seek amendments to remove restrictions on freelance journalists, cutting out the 35 article submission cap  —  The author of AB5, California's new gig-work law, said Thursday that she'll seek amendments that remove some restrictions …
Esther Kezia Thorpe / What's New in Publishing:
Thrillist partners with Academic Travel Abroad to curate educational trips, using travel to diversify revenue, like The Culture Trip and Lonely Planet  —  Food, travel and entertainment digital media site Thrillist is the latest publisher to move into travel packages as a way of diversifying revenue.
Discussion: Group Nine Media, Forbes and MediaPost
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Since it began, Netflix has taken down nine pieces of content after govt requests: five in Singapore, and one in New Zealand, Vietnam, Germany and Saudi Arabia  —  Netflix has taken down just 9 pieces of content around the world in response to written government requests since it was founded 23 years ago …
Ad Age:
New York Times Magazine leads Ellies with 10 nominations, a record for the title; NY Magazine gets nine, Nat Geo eight, Bon Appetit and the New Yorker six each  —  The Times Magazine, New York Mag and Nat Geo shine in the finalist phase of the Ellies  —  A magazine published by a newspaper …
The Daily Beast:
Internal Fox News research briefing advises colleagues to be wary of “disinformation” from several on-air regulars, including John Solomon and Rudy Giuliani  —  In a dossier obtained by The Daily Beast, Fox's research unit advises colleagues to be wary of “disinformation” …
Public radio stations in CA partner with NPR to form a regional newsroom to increase coverage of statewide issues and reporting about and from underserved areas  —  Joanne Griffith introduced as the first managing editor of the collaboration, which aims to help to boost coverage throughout the state …
Tim Dams / Variety:
Vice News Tonight is set to relaunch on March 4 in an hour-long live format on Vice TV with shows Monday through Thursday  —  Vice is to relaunch its nightly news show, “Vice News Tonight,” in a new hour-long live format on March 4 on Vice TV.  Vice has named TV news veteran Nikki Egan …
Discussion: Adweek and Deadline
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Karlene Lukovitz / MediaPost:
Report: national linear TV ad revenue in 2019 was down just 1% YoY to $44.1B and up 2% counting digital video thanks to higher ad prices
Janko Roettgers / protocol:
Profile of Tom Conrad, a former Pandora and Snap executive who is now chief product officer at Quibi, as the streaming service gears up for launch
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Twitter Q4: revenue of $1.01B, up 11% YoY, net income of $119M, down from $255M in Q4 2018, monetizable DAU of 152M compared to 126M a year ago
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Murtaza Hussain / The Intercept:
Brazilian judge dismisses cybercrime charges against journalist Glenn Greenwald, who was alleged to have been involved in hacking phones of public officials
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: ViacomCBS is building a new ad-supported streaming service that will build on CBS All Access, and an ad-free version that includes Showtime
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
NYT Q4: profit up 4.4% YoY to $78M on revenue of $502.7M, up 1.1% YoY, ad rev fell 10.7% YoY, digital subscriptions grew 30.8% YoY to ~4.4M of 5.25M total subs