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1:10 PM 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 …
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Associated Press:
Gannett says it has received Digital First Media's $1.36B takeover bid and that its board will evaluate the offer  —  DENVER (AP) — The publisher of USA Today has received a $1.36 billion takeover bid from a media group with a history of taking over struggling newspapers and slashing costs.
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
37% of Gannett's revenue is from digital, but its print ad revenue plummeted nearly 20% in 2018, and it has a duty to its shareholders to consider DFM's bid  —  Alden Global Capital, the most reviled newspaper owner in the business, now wants to buy Gannett, the United States' largest daily newspaper company.
Discussion: USA Today
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 …
Sarah Mervosh / New York Times:
In a tweet, Stephen King urged his local paper The Portland Press Herald not to drop book reviews, so the paper asked for 100 new subscribers to help fund them  —  When the largest daily newspaper in Maine decided it was going to stop publishing regional book reviews, it caused …
Andrew Albanese / Publishers Weekly:
Vermont-based indie publisher is suing Netflix for allegedly infringing its Choose Your Own Adventure trademark with the release of film Bandersnatch  —  Netflix has scored big with its interactive feature Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.  But on January 11, Vermont-based indie publisher Chooseco LLC …
Discussion: Bookseller News and Vanity Fair
James Walker / Press Gazette:
RSF: Afghan citizen journalist Javid Noori becomes first journalist to be killed in 2019, after the Taliban executed him on January 5  —  Afghan citizen journalist Javid Noori has been executed by the Taliban, making him the first journalist to be killed in 2019.
BBC:
Scooter rental company Bird backs down and apologizes to Cory Doctorow after issuing him legal threats over a blogpost about modifying Bird scooters  —  A scooter firm has apologised after issuing a journalist with legal threats over a blogpost about its scooters.
Tim Ingham / Music Business Worldwide:
Report: Norway launches a criminal investigation over potential data fraud after claims that big stars' streaming numbers were inflated on Tidal  —  In an explosive story last year, TIDAL was placed at the center of a major alleged ‘fake streams’ scandal.  —  Norwegian financial newspaper …
 
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