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7:40 PM ET, April 27, 2015


 Top News: 
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
New York Times airs its first virtual reality film at NewFront presentation to advertisers  —  Times pushes virtual reality, video series at its ‘NewFront’  —  The New York Times is adding virtual reality to its growing roster of video content as it races to scale digital revenues.
Jeremy Barr / Capital New York:
Bloomberg pitches to advertisers with international expansion to Europe later this week and to Asia in a few months, plus new video tech, Responsive.TV  —  Bloomberg touts ‘very wealthy’ subscriber audience in inaugural NewFront pitch  —  Bloomberg Media delivered its first NewFront presentation …
Discussion: AdAge and Talking Biz News
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Packed Field Stokes Competition for Digital Ad Dollars  —  Over the next two weeks, some of the biggest Internet companies and publishers will showcase their original programming in an annual attempt to attract advertising dollars.  The events, taking place in New York under the banner …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
CNN political reporter Peter Hamby is joining Snapchat as Head of News  —  Peter Hamby leaving CNN for Snapchat  —  Peter Hamby, widely recognized by Beltway insiders as one of CNN's best political reporters, is leaving the network to join Snapchat as Head of News, the On Media blog has learned.
Jennifer Schuessler / New York Times:
Six writers withdraw as literary hosts of PEN gala after it gives freedom of expression award to Charlie Hebdo  —  Six PEN Members Decline Gala After Award for Charlie Hebdo  —  The decision by PEN American Center to give its annual Freedom of Expression Courage award to the French satirical …
Jane Martinson / Guardian:
Google and eight European publishers plan Digital News Initiative to develop news business models, with $163M Google innovation fund  —  Google admits mistakes with news outlets as it announces new partnership  —  The Digital News Initiative is likely to be seen as an attempt for Google …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:   BuzzFeed Pitches Advertisers On “Pound” Tech That Tracks A Story's Viral Spread
Eric Blattberg / Digiday:
PopSugar unveiling daily show PopSugar Rush at NewFronts on April 30, will run on Facebook for 24 hours before hitting YouTube, PopSugar site  —  How PopSugar went from zero to 14 mil.  Facebook video views a month  —  Six months ago, women's lifestyle publisher PopSugar had a simple video strategy …
Discussion: Adweek, @digiday and @choire
Kathryn Bachman / Katy on the Hill:
ESPN files lawsuit against Verizon over skinny TV packages  —  ESPN filed suit against Verizon over its Custom TV packages, which allows FiOS customers to pick and choose between ESPN and ESPN2.  The suit was filed Monday morning in the New York State Court.
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Huffington Post to launch Highline, weekly installments of longform journalism, under ex-TNR editors Greg Veis and Rachel Morris  —  HuffPost readies to launch longform initiative  —  The Huffington Post will soon publish the first article of a new longform venture captained by two former editors …
Discussion: @poynter and @ariannahuff, Thanks:@benmullin
Christiane Amanpour / Committee to Protect Journalists:
Committee to Protect Journalists releases Attacks on the Press, documenting dangers globally  —  Foreword  —  In Pakistan, an unknown gunman shoots a news anchor multiple times.  No one is arrested for the crime, though the journalist is—for his reporting.
Wall Street Journal:
Katie Couric's show to play key role in Yahoo's push to grow video advertising and improve distribution of content through social media  —  Yahoo, Katie Couric Tweak the Recipe  —  It isn't about home-page traffic, they say, playing up the staying power of interviews thanks to social media
Ayman al-Warfalli / Reuters:
Islamic State kills five journalists working for Libyan TV station-army official  —  (Reuters) - Islamic State militants have slit the throats of five journalists working for a Libyan TV station in the eastern part of the country, an army commander said on Monday.
Michelle Castillo / Adweek:
Why Derek Jeter Traded Pinstripes for Publishing With The Players' Tribune  —  Derek Jeter hung up his glove last September, ending a legendary 20-season baseball career with the Yankees.  He's since embarked on a new path: publisher of The Players' Tribune, a portal for athletes to share their thoughts and experiences.
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Philip Di Salvo / European Journalism Observatory:
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Hilary Lewis / Hollywood Reporter:
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Discussion: The Webby Awards and VideoInk
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Martin Fackler / New York Times:
In Japan, right-wing Abe government tries to silence, intimidate press
Discussion: @huffpostmedia
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Rather: Brian Williams Is Probably Done, But NBC Being ‘Vicious’ with Leaks
Discussion: NY Daily News, FTVLive and CNNMoney
Brian Flynn / The Sun:
The Sun launches SecureDrop on site to allow whistleblowers to leak stories anonymously, after police hacked Sun reporters phones to identify source
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
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Discussion: @stevebuttry
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
‘Investigative reporting is obviously alive and well’ and other observations from first-time Pulitzer jurors
Discussion: @eramshaw and @kristenhare