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7:20 AM ET, February 7, 2019

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Tamar Auber / Mediaite:
Vice News correspondent says former NYT executive editor Jill Abramson included plagiarized passages in chapters about Vice in her book, Merchants of Truth  —  Vice News Tonight correspondent Michael Moynihan is calling out former executive editor of The New York Times Jill Abramson out for what he says are …
New York Times Company:
In Q4, The New York Times added 265K digital subscriptions, bringing total number of digital subs to 3.4M but profit decreased to $74.7M from $90.5M a year ago  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)— The New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT) announced today fourth-quarter 2018 diluted earnings per share …
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Ashley Carman / The Verge:
For Spotify to succeed as a podcast app, it needs to clearly separate podcasts from music, help users discover podcasts better, and allow creators to monetize  —  Some suggestions for improvement  —  Spotify announced today that the company plans to spend up to $500 million on podcast-related acquisitions.
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Peter Kafka / Recode:
Spotify buys podcast producer Gimlet Media, sources say for ~$230M, and Anchor, a startup which makes it easier for users to record and distribute podcasts
Neil Brown / Poynter:
Poynter SVP Kelly McBride will lead the Craig Newmark Center for Ethics and Leadership, which will serve as a clearinghouse for best practices  —  We live in the age of the misinformation superhighway.  The pile-ups that happen there no longer revolve around the inside baseball of running newsrooms …
Discussion: @kellymcb and Fortune
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Kyle Pope / Columbia Journalism Review:
Craig Newmark donates $10M to Columbia Journalism School to launch new ethics center and $5M to Poynter to create separate ethics and leadership center  —  For many of the past few decades, the rules around journalism ethics have been largely settled.  We know the appropriate ways to treat sources …
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
Bill Owens is named executive producer of 60 Minutes, replacing Jeff Fager, who was ousted in September after sending a threatening text to a CBS correspondent  —  Owens becomes only the third person to lead the 51-year-old broadcast.  —  Bill Owens has been tapped to replace Jeff Fager as the executive producer of 60 Minutes.
Rick Porter / Hollywood Reporter:
State of the Union ratings: 46.8M viewers watched Trump's address, up about 3% over 2018; Fox News led with 11.1M viewers, down slightly from 11.5M last year  —  The president's address to Congress is up by about 10 percent versus 2018 in preliminary figures.
Tim Hornyak / Nieman Lab:
Tokyo-based Nordot, a content-sharing platform that connects producers and distributors, has launched an English language version of its site  —  “It's inefficient for publishers to try to do everything themselves.  Meanwhile, they have to try to compete with massive, powerful news distributors like Google and Yahoo.
David Cohen / Adweek:
MediaRadar estimates 1,400+ companies ran Snapchat ads in 2018, way below other social platforms; source says estimate is too low given formats like AR lenses  —  MediaRadar said over 1,400 companies ran ads on the platform in 2018  —  More than 1,400 companies advertised on Snapchat during 2018 …
Discussion: Mobile Marketer and MediaPost
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Benny Johnson, who has worked at IJR, National Review, and BuzzFeed, is leaving the Daily Caller to join Turning Point USA as chief content officer  —  Benny Johnson, a former reporter at the Daily Caller, is joining Charlie Kirk's Turning Point USA, The Hill has confirmed.
Patrick Howell O'Neill / Gizmodo:
If Reddit lands a $150M Tencent investment, they'd make strange bedfellows: Tencent helps build the Great Firewall; Reddit's product, banned in China, is speech  —  Who really thinks about where the money is coming from as long as you get the money?  —  Reddit is about to get a huge new round …
 
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France 24:
The AFP is extending its fact-checking partnership with Facebook to articles published in Arabic, with a team of fact-checkers based in Beirut
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
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Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic:
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Ellie Hall / BuzzFeed News:
Custom and Borders Protection has apologized after BuzzFeed News deputy news director David Mack was grilled by a CBP agent over the site's Trump coverage
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Researchers at Medill Local News Initiative analyzed 13TB of subscriber data from local papers, found high correlation between regular reading and sub retention