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4:30 PM ET, April 8, 2024


 Top News: 
Sophie Culpepper / Nieman Lab:
How local US news outlets in the total solar eclipse's path are covering the event, using it as an opportunity to broaden their appeal beyond current audiences  —  “Celestial events tend to draw highly engaged audiences, and this one is no exception.”  —  Incarcerated New Yorkers facing a lockdown (and suing successfully against it).
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
LA Times names Terry Tang as executive editor, the first female editor in the paper's 142-year history; Tang has been interim executive editor since January  —  Terry Tang, who has been leading the Los Angeles Times newsroom since late January on an interim basis, has been formally named executive editor.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify debuts AI Playlist in beta for its Premium users in the UK and Australia, letting Android and iOS users generate and revise playlists using text prompts  —  Spotify already found success with its popular AI DJ feature, and now the streaming music service is bringing AI to playlist creation.
Kaya Yurieff / The Information:
TikTok expands TikTok Lite, which gives people financial incentives to watch its videos, to Spain and France, amid growth struggles in Europe  —  TikTok's growth in Europe has slowed down so much that it's rolling out a new app that gives people financial incentives to watch its videos.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Politico and Bloomberg
Sources: if Skydance and National Amusements merge, David Ellison would become CEO of the combined company; Ellison aims to spend billions to rebuild Paramount  —  - Producer, tech heir has a month to seal a definitive agreement  — He needs to sell Paramount's board on merger with his company
Corey Hutchins / Inside the News in Colorado:
More than 30 Colorado newsrooms, led by COLab, launch a statewide initiative to better cover the 2024 US elections by focusing on voter concerns  —  More than two dozen Colorado newsrooms have launched an unprecedented collaboration to better cover the 2024 elections.
Claire Atkinson / The Media Mix:
Sources: The Overseas Press Club is split about naming a new award after Shireen Abu Akleh, the Palestinian-American journalist killed by an Israeli soldier  —  The Middle East conflict divides a group of international journalists.  —  The Overseas Press Club is at war over a new award for covering conflict.
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK-based The News Movement's EIC and co-founder Kamal Ahmed leaves to join The Telegraph as director of audio, its second co-founder to leave in recent months  —  Ahmed, one of five co-founders of The News Movement, will co-host The Daily T with Camilla Tominey.
Nielsen data from 2021 to 2023: nine of the 10 most-watched streaming programs are reruns, but a majority of the 100 most popular titles are original series  —  Netflix isn't the most-watched streaming service in the US.  But it does have the most hit shows.  —  We are inching closer to Paramount having a new owner.
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Washington Post:
Internal Kremlin documents from May 2022 to August 2023 show an ongoing campaign to promote American isolationism via fabricated news articles and social media
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Irish entrepreneur Michael O'Rourke brings UK news and lifestyle newsbrand Joe Media out of administration in a £3.6M deal, after a similar rescue deal in 2020
Discussion: The Sunday Times
Anthony Boadle / Reuters:
Elon Musk says X is “lifting all restrictions” in Brazil after a court ruling to block certain accounts, which X is defying, and calls on the judge to resign
 Earlier Picks: 
Sara Guaglione / Digiday:
How Forbes, the Financial Times, Snopes, Trusted Media Brands, and other news publishers are updating on-site search with AI chatbots
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Rep. Jim Jordan, who heads the House Judiciary Committee, sent letters to major advertisers including GroupM to explain why they won't advertise on Truth Social
Connie Loizos / TechCrunch:
Mahbod Moghadam, the controversial co-founder of Genius and Everipedia, passed away in March at age 41, according to a post on Genius attributed to his family
Amanda Christovich / Front Office Sports:
Nielsen: the UConn-Iowa women's Final Four match drew 14.2M viewers, a record for women's college basketball and ESPN's most-watched basketball game ever
Cameron Joseph / Columbia Journalism Review:
A look at States Newsroom, a nonprofit network in all 50 US states focused on state politics and policy, with 220 full-time staff and a $22M+ annual budget
New York Times:
Sources: OpenAI transcribed 1M+ hours of YouTube videos through Whisper and used the text to train GPT-4; Google also transcribed YouTube videos to harvest text