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5:30 PM ET, April 2, 2018


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Timothy Burke / The Concourse:
Sinclair's local TV anchors are reading corporate-mandated script saying some media outlets publish fake news, as Sinclair awaits Tribune deal approval from FCC  —  Earlier this month, CNN's Brian Stelter broke the news that Sinclair Broadcast Group, owner or operator of nearly 200 television stations …
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Zuckerberg says it will take a few years for the company to resolve its current issues and that it spent too little time thinking about the risks of its tools  —  “We will dig through this hole, but it will take a few years.”  —  It's been a tough year for Facebook.
Jackie Wattles / CNNMoney:
As advertisers ditch Laura Ingraham's show following call from Parkland survivor David Hogg, media critics are divided on whether it's the right way to protest  —  More businesses seem willing to yank their advertising dollars from platforms that are involved in controversies.
Business Insider:
Twitter accounts linked to Russian influence operations have rallied behind Fox News host Laura Ingraham as advertisers ditch her show
New York Times:
DOJ is investigating Live Nation for possible antitrust violations after complaints it pressured venues into using its subsidiary Ticketmaster or lose big shows  —  In 2010, when the Justice Department allowed the two most dominant companies in the live music business — Live Nation and Ticketmaster …
Theodore Schleifer / Recode:
Profile of Spotify's CFO Barry McCarthy as the company prepares for its unusual direct listing on NYSE this Tuesday  —  Spotify's CFO pushed for this week's direct listing, which could change life for Wall Street and for big tech startups.  —  When Spotify goes public Tuesday …
Oleksiy Kuzmenko / bellingcat:
Ukrainian and Russian media frequently quoted David Jewberg, a Pentagon analyst on Russia, without realising he didn't exist and was the creation of a US group  —  Summary:  — “Senior Pentagon Russia Analyst LTC David Jewberg” maintained a popular Facebook page and was frequently quoted …
Jessica Toonkel / Reuters:
Sources: CBS plans an all-stock offer for Viacom, below current market valuation; CEO Les Moonves to propose staying at helm at least 2 years  —  (Reuters) - CBS Corp (CBS.N) plans to make an all-stock offer for Viacom Inc (VIAB.O) that values the U.S. media company below its current market valuation …
Discussion: CNBC
Jia Tolentino / New Yorker:
Teen Boss, a quarterly magazine for 8-15 year-old girls focusing on making money and building brands, reinforces female ambition as smiling and social  —  The magazine Teen Boss, styled as Teen Bo$$!, débuted in September of last year.  It publishes quarterly, like an earnings report.
Corey Hutchins / Columbia Journalism Review:
Q&A: Julie Reynolds, formerly at a Digital First Media owned paper, on covering DFM's owner Alden Capital and the NewsGuild labor union's #NewsMatters project  —  FOR TWO YEARS, JULIE REYNOLDS has cranked out stories about Alden Global Capital, the secretive New York hedge fund …
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Poll: 75% of Americans believe major news outlets report “fake news”, 65% say “fake news” applies to editorial decisions, 83% think outsiders plant fake stories  —  Trump less trusted than CNN, MSNBC, and Fox as info source  —  West Long Branch, NJ - The news about …
Carlos Martínez de la Serna / Tow Center …:
How digital networks have powered collaboration and cooperative production, creating a journalism commons, during the first three decades of digital journalism  —  EXECUTIVE SUMMARY  —  The history of journalism includes many and varied forms of cooperation, as far back as landmark events …
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