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4:50 PM ET, May 1, 2018

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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Sources: CBS News execs were so dismayed by WHCD this year that they considered withdrawing from future events, until WHCD said changes are being considered  —  As the power elite of Washington filed out of the White House Correspondents' Association dinner on Saturday …
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PR Newswire:
Letter from The Hill's Chairman James Finkelstein to WHCA's Exec Director, explaining its decision to withdraw from future events over Michelle Wolf's comments
Jill Colvin / Associated Press:
Trump answering questions at events allows him to dodge questions more than at a press conference, a format he's abandoned, but aides say doing so grants access
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
WHCA discusses possibly changing format for future dinners, including inviting a liberal and a conservative comedian, booking a singer, or suspending the dinner
Variety:
Sources: NBC News told reporters to mention letter of support for Tom Brokaw in their reporting, raising concerns among some staffers who had issues with letter  —  On Monday, NBC News staffers received a memo with guidance from the network's standards and practices on how to handle reporting …
BBC:
BBC Afghan service reporter Ahmad Shah was shot dead by armed men on Monday, becoming the fifth BBC journalist to die in Afghanistan since the 1990s  —  A BBC reporter has been killed in the east Afghan province of Khost, on a day of attacks which left nearly 40 people dead, other journalists among them.
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The Nieman Foundation for Journalism:
Flipboard's Managing Editor Gabriella Schwarz and The Lens' Editor Steve Myers are among 2019's Nieman fellows  —  The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, home to internationally recognized journalism fellowships, programs and publications, has selected 27 Nieman Fellows for the class of 2019.
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Overview of Twitter's video ad business, which brought in $287M+ in Q1 and over half of the company's total revenue since Q4 2017  —  Twitter made more than $287 million from video ads last quarter.  —  Twitter has been highlighting its video ad business during earnings calls for years …
Discussion: One Man & His Blog
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Disney Digital to launch an over-the-top video app for millennials, as it woos advertisers burned by YouTube  —  Ahead of the 2019 launch of Disney's Netflix competitor, the company's digital arm will launch a free, over-the-top video app aimed at millennials sometime this summer.
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Viacom launches new Digital Studios unit for original internet programming available on services including Facebook Watch, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube  —  Viacom has come a long, long way from the days when online video was seemingly its mortal enemy.  The media giant has formally …
Dawn C. Chmielewski / Deadline:
Inclusion Media, founded by Broadway producer Howard Kagan, bids $315M for TWC, with support from 5 women who sued TWC; deal sets aside fund, equity for victims  —  EXCLUSIVE: A new bidder has emerged for the Weinstein Co., a day after the bidding process reached a seemingly anticlimactic end …
Discussion: IndieWire and The Guardian
Wall Street Journal:
Tehran court orders Iranian telecoms to block Telegram saying the app gave Islamic State “safe ground” and also citing the app's role in recent protests  —  Tehran court ruling prohibits the messaging platform used to organize protesters  —  Iran moved to shut down the messaging app Telegram …
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
In 2017, Digital First Media recorded a 17% operating margin and nearly $160M in profit, meaning parent company Alden Global may be reluctant to sell it  —  Digital First Media's financials — revealed here — show how the company has ridden its deep cuts to nearly $160 million in profits and the highest margins in the business.
Roll Call:
CQ Roll Call's Executive Editor Steve Komarow has died aged 61, following a recent accident and long illness  —  Steve Komarow, a veteran foreign correspondent and newsroom leader who served as senior vice president and executive editor at CQ Roll Call, died Sunday after a recent accident and long illness.
 
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Barry Levine / MarTech Today:
Trade groups representing 4,000 publishers criticize Google's GDPR policies, say proposal to get consent from EU visitors if Google ads are served “falls short”
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Twitter announces 30 new or renewed video content deals, details live programming from ESPN, NBCUniversal, Live Nation, Vice News, MLB, and more
Amanda Meade / The Guardian:
Australia's ABC to restructure its eight capital-city newsrooms for digital and multi-platform journalism; about 20 jobs will be cut as new roles are created