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3:50 PM ET, February 3, 2019

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Nick Evershed / The Guardian:
The Guardian Australia publishes its first story written by an automated system called Reporter Mate, which automates analysis and writing of formulaic stories  —  Guardian Australia has just published its first automated article but reporters fear not - you're still needed for a while yet
Martin Scott / Nieman Reports:
Interviews with 74 journalists and foundation representatives show concerns with relying on philanthropy because funding shapes which issues get covered and how  —  New research raises questions about unintended consequences when it comes to foundation funding of international coverage
Maura Judkis / Washington Post:
The Washington Post is airing a 60-second ad during the Super Bowl's fourth quarter on Sunday, with Tom Hanks describing journalism's importance to society  —  The Washington Post will debut its first Super Bowl commercial — a message underscoring the importance of newsgathering …
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Source: Spotify in advanced talks to acquire popular podcast producer Gimlet for $200M+; Gimlet would be Spotify's first purchase of an original content maker  —  Spotify wants to break out of the music streaming business.  Gimlet, the company behind shows like Crimetown and Reply All, can help.
Tiffany Stevens / Poynter:
A look at independent journalistic endeavors like Southerly pushing for deeper coverage of the South and Appalachia, occupying roles once played by alt-weeklies  —  Two years before the 2016 election, freelance reporter Matt Stroud became fascinated by an area that soon would be labeled Trump country.
Dalit Shalom / Times Open:
NYT's “The Daily” episodes will now come with transcripts created by 3Play transcription software; transcripts of other Times podcasts are coming in the future  —  Dalit ShalomBlockedUnblockFollowFollowing  —  It's an introduction familiar to many: “From The New York Times, I'm Michael Barbaro.
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
AP says it is “not currently doing fact-checking work for Facebook”, after Snopes said it also stopped; both leave possiblity for future collaboration open  —  Snopes, which recently rebuffed reports that its relationship with Facebook was strained, has stopped working for the program …
Variety:
Amazon spent over $41M at the Sundance Film Festival to buy three films  —  They came.  They saw.  They bought a lot.  —  That's more or less the story of the 2019 edition of the Sundance Film Festival.  It was a return to the free-spending days of a couple of years ago …
Global Editors Network:
Interviews with two R&D managers on their daily routines, specific projects, and the future of news: Tristan Ferne of BBC and Kourtney Bitterly of NYT  —  For most publishers around, there is a constant need to reinvent the ways to present news, fight digital challenges, and satisfy an audience.
Chuck Strouse / Miami New Times:
Memo: McClatchy is offering a voluntary early retirement program to about 450 employees, says it will be a one-time opportunity  —  This morning, Craig Forman, CEO of McClatchy Company, emailed all staff to say about 10 percent of the newspaper chain's employees would be offered voluntary buyouts.
 
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Nick Statt / The Verge:
After backlash over stolen jokes, founder of the popular Instagram aggregator account Fuckjerry apologizes, pledges not to post content without permission
Max Willens / Digiday:
Attn, a social news publisher, shifts to producing content for brands and TV shows after seeing significant decrease in Facebook video views
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
Starz CEO Chris Albrecht will leave the company in March; COO Jeffrey Hirsch will manage the company along with Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer
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Amy Gesenhues / Marketing Land:
MediaRadar: YouTube 2018 ad revenue rose 11% YoY, as media and entertainment companies brought in 30%+ of ad revenue and Geico and Samsung accounted for 11.5%
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
In interview with Trump, NYT journalists and publisher try explaining the global effect of “fake news” claims but his focus shifted to his personal grievances
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Vice to lay off 10% of staff, or ~250 people, across the company as part of restructuring effort; weekly “Vice” show on HBO also ending