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12:20 PM ET, March 2, 2020


 Top News: 
Ben Smith / New York Times:
The success of the NYT may be bad news for journalism, as it crowds out rivals; sources: NYT in talks to acquire Serial Productions, likely for less than $75M  —  In his debut, our new media columnist says The Times has become like Facebook or Google — a digital behemoth crowding out the competition.
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Sports streaming service DAZN to expand to 200 countries, including the UK, on May 2, with an initial focus on boxing  —  Dazn's initial focus will be on boxing when it expands to 200 countries, including UK, in May  —  A streaming service that is aiming to become a “Netflix of sport” …
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Embattled MSNBC host Chris Matthews was absent from the network's live coverage of South Carolina primary results on Saturday  —  The MSNBC host was nowhere to be found on air a day after he was accused of sexual harassment.  —  A day after he was accused of sexual harassment by a journalist …
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
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Trump is attempting to minimize the dangers of coronavirus for political gain and the media has a responsibility to contextualize his claims, not amplify them  —  Among the many outlandish statements President Trump has made since taking office, one in particular stands out for me.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
AT&T TV launches across the US after rolling out in over a dozen markets last year, with prices that start at $49.99/month but go up dramatically after a year  —  AT&T's next big TV play has a problem: pricing  —  AT&T TV is launching nationwide today after initially rolling out to over a dozen markets last year.
Tina Dyakon / Poynter:
Poynter Institute and Google News Initiative partner to launch VidSpark, helping three local US newsrooms create shareable videos for younger audiences  —  The Minneapolis Star Tribune, WGBH News in Boston and 10News WTSP in Tampa, Florida, will receive resources and guidance to create video content …
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International Journalism Festival:
The 2020 International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy has been canceled due to concerns over COVID-19; the next festival is still planned for April 2021  —  We announce the cancellation of the 2020 International Journalism Festival due to the public health risks caused by COVID-19.
Bill Siemering / Current:
Fifty years after NPR's founding, 37M people listen weekly to its stations, 99M consume its content on some platform monthly, and its podcasts have 23.7M MAUs  —  In 1905, 10 years before the invention of educational radio in the state of Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin President Charles Van Hise provided …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Publisher cooperation under a single login system for paid news can improve ad targeting, but it should not come at the expense of a country's free public media  —  In Norway and Sweden, a survey finds some people won't pay for online news because the news from their free public broadcaster is good enough.
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Ted Macdonald / Media Matters for America:
Climate change coverage on broadcast news shows rose 68% from 2018 to 2019 but made up 0.7% of their overall content; much of this increase was driven by CBS
Dan Brooks / New York Times:
Given the length of Quibi's videos, its competitors aren't Netflix or other streamers, but YouTube and Facebook, which we use to occupy idle time
Alexis Self / Prospect Magazine:
Profile of Popbitch, a UK celebrity gossip email newsletter that has published weekly for over 20 years and whose circulation has surpassed the Daily Telegraph
Pew Research Center:
Pew: 73% of US adults think journalists should be watchdogs over elected officials; 59% of Republicans say they're going too far in the role now vs. 14% of Dems
 Earlier Picks: 
France's César Awards faced protests and several walkouts as an absent Roman Polanski won best director, in a country where #MeToo has gained little traction
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Sources: BuzzFeed seeks an EIC who can improve its financials with potential candidates including WaPo's Margaret Sullivan and NYT national editor Marc Lacey
Ian Burrell / The Drum:
How Bloomberg Media is integrating Bloomberg TV+ and QuickTake by Bloomberg into its OTT ecosystem and broadening its appeal to reach younger business audiences