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3:40 PM ET, May 5, 2022


 Top News: 
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
The Guardian issues new social media guidelines: staff are not expected to have a Twitter presence and shouldn't scoop the website or criticize colleagues  —  The Guardian has issued new social media guidelines warning that staff who engage in public slanging matches with each other on Twitter could face disciplinary action.
Wall Street Journal:
Whistleblowers: Meta deliberately took down Pages for hospitals and other Australian institutions in 2021 as a negotiating tactic over the news bargaining law  —  When Facebook blocked news pages last year to pre-empt Australian legislation that would force it to pay for content …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
At Digital Content NewFronts, Twitter aimed to convince advertisers their content would be in a brand-safe zone thanks to upcoming premium video partnerships  —  Twitter returned to the Digital Content NewFronts this evening to pitch its upcoming premium video content slate to advertisers, as it had in previous years.
New York Times:
Elon Musk's hate for ads conflicts with Twitter's business model, as ad execs say they will move spending elsewhere if the company relaxes content moderation  —  Many marketers were already lukewarm on the service.  Now, some may move their money elsewhere if the content moderation policies are relaxed.
Andrew Kersley / Press Gazette:
Report finds 80% of UK journalists come from professional and upper-class backgrounds, up from 72% in 2016; 42% of the general workforce has that background  —  Some 80% of journalists come from professional and upper class backgrounds according to a new report from the NCTJ …
Survey of 1,780 US TV stations: 20.4% of news directors said staff had been physically attacked in 2021, rising to 31% in top-25 markets, down from 39% in 2021  —  More than one in five TV news directors reported there had been an attack on their newsroom employees in 2021 …
Georg Szalai / The Hollywood Reporter:
AMC Networks reports 9.5M subscribers in Q1, up from 9M+ at the end of 2021; net revenue grew 3% YoY to $712M and operating income rose 2.9% YoY to $174M  —  The company, led by interim CEO Matt Blank, posted its quarterly results.  —  AMC Networks, the cable networks and streaming company …
Patience Haggin / Wall Street Journal:
Researchers say 15+ adtech firms had sufficient data to detect that Gannett provided inaccurate ad auction data to advertisers for nine months but did nothing  —  Firms that facilitate online-ad transactions had enough information to detect error that affected Gannett's systems for over nine months, researchers say
A.J. Perez / Front Office Sports:
The New York Times CEO Meredith Kopit Levien says in 2022, the company will insert ads to money-losing The Athletic and create NYT-Athletic subscription bundles  —  - The Athletic lost $6.8 million in the first two months since it was acquired by The New York Times.
David Pierce / The Verge:
The New York Times credits Wordle for a huge jump in new subscribers, saying the game “brought an unprecedented tens of millions of new users to The Times”
Janko Roettgers / Protocol:
Cameo lays off 87 staff; source says CTO Rob Post, marketing exec Emily Boschwitz, CPO Nundu Janakiram, and Chief People Officer Melanie Steinbach have gone  —  Cameo, the celebrity video greetings startup, laid off 87 of staffers Wednesday, a move that CEO Steven Galanis described as “right-sizing.”
Branko Marcetic / Jacobin:
In the last week, PayPal has abruptly canceled and frozen the funds of independent news outlets Consortium News and MintPress News without explanation  —  Over the past week, PayPal canceled without explanation the accounts of two prominent independent news outlets.
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
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Matt Tamanini / The Streamable:
Sinclair says its upcoming sports streaming service will be called Bally Sports+, cost $189.99 per year or $19.99 per month, and have a soft launch in Q2 2022