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1:25 PM ET, March 5, 2018


 Top News: 
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Early estimates from Nielsen suggest ratings for Sunday's 90th Academy Awards dropped significantly since last year's show  —  Live viewership of the 90th annual Academy Awards ceremony was down significantly from the 2017 telecast, according to preliminary Nielsen ratings for ABC's nearly four-hour telecast.
The New York Times Company:
The New York Times promotes Deputy Culture Editor Patrick Healy to role of politics editor  —  Patrick Healy has been named politics editor.  Read more in this memo from Dean Baquet, Joe Kahn and Matt Purdy.  —  The midterm elections are shaping up as an epic battle …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
A look at NewsGuard, led by Steven Brill and Gordon Crovitz, which has raised $6M and plans to use journalists to rate reliability of ~7,500 online news sources  —  Media entrepreneur Steven Brill thinks there's something missing from all the efforts to separate fake news from the real kind: Some smart and discerning humans.
Jay Solomon / Columbia Journalism Review:
Journalist Jay Solomon lost his job as a foreign correspondent with the Wall Street Journal after being targeted by hackers who were likely state sponsored  —  How hacked emails and a yacht in Monaco ended my career  —  Off the coast of Monaco in the summers of 2014 and 2015 …
Discussion: @jpodhoretz
Joey Rhyu / Facebook Media:
Facebook has been testing adding a breaking news label to stories and is now expanding that beta to publishers in Latin America, Europe, and Australia  —  Earlier this year we made a commitment to show more high quality news on Facebook.  People tell us they want to see informative news …
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed:
Profile of PragerU, a nonprofit site whose five minute explainer videos, presented by well-known conservative pundits, have amassed 1B+ YouTube, Facebook views  —  A right-wing online “university” is on track for a billion views in 2018, its professors are some of the best-known conservatives in media …
Discussion: The Outline
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The world - and Hollywood - has changed since last year's Oscars, thanks to courageous reporting by the press on men like Harvey Weinstein  —  The world has changed since last year's Oscars — and for the better.  —  So let's not forget what got us there: great journalism.
Frederic Filloux / Monday Note:
A “Spotify for News” won't work for the same reasons Spotify itself is struggling: competition from the “big four” in tech, which will ramp up over time  —  Spotify's IPO is scheduled for this spring.  Its SEC Filing offers an interesting perspective on the future of the news industry.
Discussion: One Man & His Blog
Carlotta Gall / New York Times:
Turkish government attempts to clamp down on country's digital media with proposed law which will make broadcasting via internet illegal without a license  —  ISTANBUL — Having already brought Turkey's mainstream media to heel, and made considerable headway in rolling back Turkish democracy …
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Profile of Outlier Media, a free text message-based news service for low-income residents in Detroit offering to check the public record of houses or landlords  —  “I was not satisfied with covering low-income communities for a higher-income audience.  I wanted to cover issues for and with low-income news consumers."
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Mars Woo / DealStreetAsia:
Bilibili, China's biggest video streaming platform for anime, is planning an IPO in the US and hopes to raise $400M
Discussion: Variety
Wayne Ma / Wall Street Journal:
Marriott US staffer says he was fired after HR questioned him on Tibet related tweet he liked via Marriott's account; China pressured Marriott over Tibet issue
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Zoë Beery / Columbia Journalism Review:
Journalists say the editing tests they're given during the hiring process amount to too much unpaid work and often receive no feedback
New York Times:
Advertisers complain Facebook is inconsistent and gender biased in its process of determining whether images should be rejected for being sexually suggestive