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5:30 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.
Senior Campaign Adviser Timothy O'Brien says Michael Bloomberg will sell Bloomberg LP if he is elected President  —  Senior Bloomberg Campaign Adviser Timothy O'Brien says the candidate will release his tax returns and sell Bloomberg LP if he is elected president.
Leta Hong Fincher / The Intercept:
After killing a story on high-level corruption in China and firing the reporter in 2013, Bloomberg LP threatened to sue unless the reporter's wife signed an NDA
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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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
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
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
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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