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8:45 PM ET, February 28, 2020


 Top News: 
Evan Smith / The Texas Tribune:
The Texas Tribune has hired Stacy-Marie Ishmael as editorial director and Millie Tran as chief product officer  —  These superlative journalists and inspiring role models will be The Texas Tribune's new editorial director and chief product officer, respectively.  We're so lucky to have them on our team.
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
Katie Kilkenny / Hollywood Reporter:
Proposed amendment to CA's AB5 for freelancer writers, editors, and photographers removes 35-article cap and requires that contracts state pay rates and more  —  Amendments to AB 1850 end the controversial 35-submission cap for freelance journalists and requires that companies allow independent contractors to work for other businesses.
The Guardian:
In HK, anti-Beijing publisher Jimmy Lai charged with illegal assembly for attending a protest and intimidation for swearing at a reporter for pro-Beijing paper  —  Lai, who was arrested with two other activists and later released on bail, has been a major financial patron of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
NBCU's Peacock makes a licensing deal with A&E Networks; the content won't be available at launch in April but will arrive later in the year  —  Peacock, NBCU's upcoming streaming service is expanding its unscripted lineup thanks to a new deal with A&E Networks.
Discussion: The Wrap and The Streamable
Laura Bassett / GQ:
Columnist Laura Bassett accuses MSNBC's Chris Matthews of making suggestive comments in 2016 as she prepared for his show, part of a pattern on and off air  —  The Hardball anchor frequently demeans women guests with objectifying and belittling comments, both on and off air.
Kyle Pope / Columbia Journalism Review:
As with Trump in 2016, mainstream media is dismissing Sanders, when their job is to report on voters' choices, not to elevate candidates they think should win  —  The Wednesday morning after the 2016 presidential election, I wrote a piece for CJR criticizing the American press for its coverage …
New York Post:
Carson Griffith, tapped in January 2019 to revive Gawker, sues the Daily Beast over a story she claims portrayed her as racist and homophobic  —  A former Gawker editor has sued the Daily Beast over an explosive exposé last year that portrayed her as racist and homophobic …
Discussion: @petersterne and @carsongriffith
TikTok, with 145M US downloads, claims Chipotle-sponsored #boorito hashtag had 3.9B views; Captiv8: hashtag campaigns cost ~$150K, homescreen takeover $50K/day  —  Popular creators are paid to promote hashtags as mobile video app develops more targeting tools for advertisers
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
LinkedIn is testing Snapchat-style stories, with plans for wider public tests in the coming months  —  Nothing says ‘fun’ like corporate stories  —  LinkedIn is a website that's effectively a mixture between an interactive resume and a college job fair, but that hasn't stopped it from aspiring …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Stem Disintermedia launches Scale for musicians, an alternative to deals with record labels that take ownership of music, offering financing at 5% to 25%  —  - Stem Disintermedia offers alternative to deals with labels  — Musicians can select how much they want to borrow, and when
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Ryan Lizza / Politico:
Hillary Clinton to launch a podcast in late spring, co-produced by iHeartRadio and iHeartMedia, featuring her in conversation with a guest
iQIYI, Inc.:
iQIYI reports Q4 revenues reached $1.1B, a 7% increase YoY, as membership grew 21% to 106.9M subscribers
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Barbara Allen / Poynter:
Layoffs are under way at newspapers owned by Gannett; one employee has tracked at least 24 newsroom staffers affected, with 40 pressroom positions cut
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
Top media outlets normalized Trump's often incoherent press briefing Wednesday on the coronavirus, downplaying his campaign-style insults and slinging of blame