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1:00 AM ET, January 14, 2019

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Cara Lombardo / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Alden Capital's Digital First Media plans to bid for Gannett after quietly acquiring a 7.5% stake, will offer a 23% premium over Friday's closing price  —  A hedge-fund-backed media group known for buying up struggling local papers and cutting costs is planning to make an offer …
Ellen Cranley / INSIDER:
A lack of black reporters in an announcement about CBS journalists covering the 2020 election sparked debate on Twitter from writers, politicians, and others  —  - “Scandal” actress Kerry Washington and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez were among Twitter users who criticized CBS for seemingly …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Viacom is in talks to sell a majority share in its channel brands, such as MTV and Nickelodeon, in China  —  Media company is among other multinational corporations facing hurdles in the country  —  Media giant Viacom Inc. VIAB .38% is in talks to sell a majority stake …
Discussion: @missiwhite4 and Bloomberg
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Survey of 200 digital leaders from 29 nations: 52% say subscription and membership will be their main revenue focus; 87% say Google is a very important platform  —  Every December, Nieman Lab asks media folks to predict what they think will happen in the new year — resulting …
Discussion: Press Gazette
Sinclair Target / Motherboard:
A look back at the evolution of RSS and why it lost out to centralized information silos on the web controlled by corporations, despite being an open format  —  Before the internet was consolidated into centralized information silos, RSS imagined a better way to let users control their online personas.
Manish Singh / VentureBeat:
Wikimedia announces the integration of Google Translate into Wikipedia's content translation tool used by editors, which now supports 121 total languages  —  For years, Wikipedia has been working on making its eponymous encyclopedia support more languages.  But the nonprofit's effort has been slow …
Marcela Kunova / Journalism.co.uk:
Quartz's AI Studio has developed bots to help journalists with data analysis tasks, using machine learning to identify patterns in records and more  —  The US publisher offers reporters with no coding skills a set of free tools to help them write better data-driven stories
Discussion: VentureBeat
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify outlines its strategy for podcasts that includes bringing talent in-house or exclusively licensing content and selling ads within its podcasts  —  Having established itself as a top streaming service with now over 200 million users, Spotify this year is preparing to focus more of its attention on podcasts.
Discussion: @niemanlab
Financial Times:
A look at how data brokers identify people and how much personal information they sell as IDC forecasts data vendor sales will triple to $10.1B by 2022  —  There are many personal details that Paul-Olivier Dehaye is willing to share online, but the behaviour of his bladder is not one of them.
Joshua Fruhlinger / Thinknum Media:
Job openings at Vox are up 100% since September 2018, but many are freelance or contract positions, possibly to sidestep the union or adapt to seasonal content  —  Normally an uptick in hiring at a new media company like Vox Media ($VOXMEDIA) is a good sign.  It means that the company is reinvesting in talent.
Discussion: @rafat
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
SEC filing: Disney CEO Bob Iger's total compensation in 2018 reached $65.6M, up from $36.2M in 2017, due to increased stock awards  —  On the heels of Disney's historic deal to buy 21st Century Fox, Disney chairman-CEO Bob Iger saw a big increase in compensation last year thanks to stock awards …
Discussion: Multichannel News and The Wrap
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
CBS reaches an agreement to keep using Nielsen's Total Audience measurement services, resolving an impasse since their previous contract expired December 31  —  CBS Corp and Nielsen said Friday they have reached an agreement for Nielsen national, digital and local audience measurement.
 
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