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1:45 PM ET, February 18, 2020


 Top News: 
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Bloomberg reporters say the EIC's decision to not investigate Michael Bloomberg left them vulnerable and wonder what a President Bloomberg may mean for the pub  —  Michael Bloomberg's rise in the polls has increased the pressure on political reporters employed by his news outlet.
Financial Times:
Eileen Yu / ZDNet:
For the first time, Singapore orders Facebook to block access to a page, after the latter refused to comply with previous directives under the “fake news” law  —  Social media platform has been ordered to block access to the States Times Review page, after the latter's author …
Hanaa' Tameez / Nieman Lab:
The AP StoryShare platform formalizes collaboration as newsrooms find and upload articles; 25 outlets have shared 200 stories since last month's launch  —  “On most days of the week, I'm competing with them.”  But when the situation's right, local news outlets are using one another to augment their own resources.
Discussion: Poynter and Associated Press
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
BBC News deputy political editor John Pienaar is leaving after almost three decades to join News UK's upcoming Times Radio to front its new drivetime program  —  Longtime BBC presenter to front drivetime show on Radio 4 rival station  —  Times Radio has hired the BBC's deputy political editor …
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Sources: News UK's upcoming Times Radio is making lucrative offers to leading BBC presenters like Nick Robinson, promising higher salaries and editorial freedom
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
Axel Springer survey finds European publishers are seeing modest subscription gains from platforms run by Facebook, Apple, and Google  —  Facebook, Google and Apple now have more ways to drive subscriptions, but in Europe at least, the impact is still negligible.
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
As Caroline Flack's death sparked anger at tabloid coverage, UK's Reach offered help to targeted staff and to remove links to their Twitter accounts in bylines  —  The death by suicide of TV presenter Caroline Flack has seen renewed anger towards tabloid newspapers over recent coverage of the Love Island host.
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Death of ex-Love Island presenter Caroline Flack re-focuses attention on British tabloids, amid calls for a “Caroline's law” against excessive media intrusion
Rachel Abrams / New York Times:
White House proposes cutting public broadcasting funds from $30M in 2021 to $0 in 2023; Republican chairman of NPR's board says public media is not in danger  —  Donations to the public broadcaster went up sharply after the president said it was “a very good question” to ask why it still existed.
Katie Notopoulos / BuzzFeed News:
Facebook allowing sponsored content for political campaigns with little oversight further muddies the waters, as #sponsored labels are often difficult to spot  —  This week, Instagram meme accounts like @fuckjerry and @tank.sinatra posted sponsored ads for former New York mayor Michael …
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Rebecca Jennings / Vox:
A look at influencer gossip accounts, which occupy a new media landscape where the line between reporting and brand building is very thin
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Ofcom fines News UK-owned talkRadio £75K after ex-presenter George Galloway breached impartiality rules; talkRadio argued it was too “niche” to warrant a fine
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
UK newspaper groups, including the Daily Mail, express concerns that Ofcom's plan to monitor social media posts could result in censorship of their websites
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
App Annie: YouTube dominated 70% of time spent on Android phones watching the top 5 streaming apps in 2019; the other four were fueled by viewing time in China
McKinsey Insights & Publications:
Research: women made up 49% of the media and entertainment workforce in 2019, but accounted for 27% of its C-suite positions; news media had similar patterns
 Earlier Picks: 
Tim Rogers / Nieman Reports:
How independent Latin American journalists are working around repressive regimes, from exile journalism on Nicaragua to English-language outreach in El Salvador
John F. Harris / Politico:
Bernie Sanders' reversal on releasing health records highlights how pervasive the Trump precedent is and the dilution of mainstream media's institutional power