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8:00 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 …
Mark Armstrong / WordPress:
WordPress has launched Newspack, a publishing platform aimed at small and medium-sized news outlets and backed by Google, ConsenSys, Lenfest, Knight, and others  —  Over the past 15 years, WordPress has grown to become the world's most popular publishing platform for the open web — and it's especially true for news organizations.
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 …
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 …
Mark Arsenault / BostonGlobe.com:
The Boston Globe has parted with its vice president of advertising, Michael Bentley, for not “upholding” its standards but did not elaborate further  —  The Boston Globe has cut ties with its vice president for advertising, Michael Bentley, an executive whose name was removed this week from the paper's masthead.
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
How Neue Westfälische and Lokalportal are trying to build a hybrid between a local newspaper and a local social network in a German area with about 2M residents  —  One user: “I do not want to stay in touch with avoidable contacts in Dubai or London.  I want to know who lives …
HBR.org:
How unions increased the number of unionized workers in internet publishing 20X since 2010 using old-style organizing tactics and modern social media platforms  —  Union membership as a share of the workforce in the United States has fallen to its lowest point in 80 years …
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
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 …
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.
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
 
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