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6:10 AM ET, May 4, 2018


 Top News: 
Voice of America:
Press freedom groups release report on threats to US media, citing whistleblower prosecutions, stigmatization by politicians, restrictions on public information  —  With the observation of World Press Freedom Day on Thursday, a group of press freedom organizations is calling attention …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Dozens of news organizations partner to promote high-quality journalism in an ad campaign that encourages consuming a variety of news outlets  —  Why press freedom is your freedom  —  On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, dozens of news organizations are joining forces to promote high-quality journalism.
Parag Agrawa / Twitter:
Twitter urges all users to change passwords after it found a bug that stored unmasked user passwords in an internal log; no indication of breach or misuse found  —  When you set a password for your Twitter account, we use technology that masks it so no one at the company can see it.
Dom Cosentino / Deadspin:
Senior writer Peter King is leaving Sports Illustrated after 29 years, signing an exclusive agreement with NBC that includes his Monday Morning NFL column  —  After 29 years at Sports Illustrated, Peter King is leaving to join NBC.  —  SI announced King's departure a few minutes ago …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
CEO Susan Wojcicki says YouTube now has 1.8B logged-in users each month, announces new content deals with Will Smith, Coachella, and more  —  Video site renews deals for ad-supported shows Demi Lovato, Kevin Hart, Slow Mo Guys  —  YouTube now has 1.8 billion logged-in users each month …
Garett Sloane / Ad Age:
Sources: Google plans to unveil new Google News design and app at I/O; new design has elements of the Newsstand app, YouTube, uses AMP tech on desktop, mobile  —  Google is revamping Google News with a new design that will incorporate elements of the Newsstand app and YouTube, according to people familiar with the plans.
Erin Griffith / Wired:
Pandora study finds that too many ads can push users to subscribe, but not enough to compensate for lost ad revenue from those listening less due to more ads  —  AT BEST, ADVERTISING is something people tolerate while consuming media.  At worst, it's a turnoff.
Ashley Dean / Denverite:
Chuck Plunkett, the Denver Post editorial page editor who organized pieces rebuking Alden Global, resigns after execs reject a new editorial he wrote on Alden  —  Chuck Plunkett, the Denver Post editorial page editor behind the paper's unprecedented call-out of its hedge fund owners, has resigned.
David Cohen / Adweek:
Facebook to add followers/non-followers and gender metrics on Pages' video retention graphs, fixes bug that rendered graphs inaccurately for vids over 2 minutes  —  A new zoom chart will enable admins to more closely examine data  —  Facebook is beefing up the video retention graph …
Discussion: Facebook Media and Marketing Land
Washington Post:
Charlie Rose accused by 27 more women of sexual harassment; CBS managers were warned of his conduct on three occasions over 30 years  —  Incidents of sexual misconduct by Charlie Rose were far more numerous than previously known, according to a new investigation by The Washington Post …
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Alison Flood / The Guardian:
The Swedish Academy says it will announce the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2018 in 2019, amid sexual assault allegations against husband of academy member
CBS beats with $3.76B in Q1 revenue, up 13% YoY, as retransmission revenues and fees rose 25%
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P. Kim Bui / Online Journalism Awards:
2018 Online Journalism Awards add new category for collaboration, a micro newsroom category, and criteria changes for explanatory, feature categories
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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Podcasting app Pocket Casts has been acquired by a collective that includes NPR and This American Life and will continue to operate as a joint venture
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Group Nine Media's NowThis to launch NowBreaking, a breaking news channel exclusively for Snapchat Discover, in June
Discussion: Adweek, Tubefilter and MediaPost
Jaclyn Peiser / New York Times:
In Q1, NYT digital-only subscribers rose 25.5% YoY to 2.8M, total revenue went up 3.8% YoY to $414M; digital ad revenue fell 6% while print ad revenue fell 2%
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Refinery29 plans to launch Channel29, an ad-supported streaming channel, in Q4, and to expand events to Chicago and San Francisco