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2:40 PM ET, February 16, 2019

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Poynter:
Outgoing director of the International Fact-Checking Network reflects on how fact-checking changed since 2015, dealing with platforms like Facebook, and more  —  So long, fact-checkers … When I started as director of the International Fact-Checking Network in September 2015, there was very little there to direct.
Anna Altman / Columbia Journalism Review:
Interview with Matt Gertz, a senior fellow at Media Matters, who has been closely tracking how Fox News coverage influences Trump's tweets since 2017  —  “There's a saying in politics that personnel is policy,” Matt Gertz, a senior fellow at Media Matters, said on a recent afternoon.
Daniel Funke / Poynter:
Brazilian fact-checker AosFatos.org describes how it found an estimated 3M visits to fake news sites allegedly connected to its impersonator AosFatos.com  —  Someone is publishing fake news stories on a website that looks like a fact-checking organization.  —  On Wednesday, Brazilian fact …
Ashley Baker / Daily Front Row:
Interview with Conde Nast CRO Pamela Drucker Mann on transition from a publishing company to a full-fledged media company, content partnerships, and more  —  Bob is out and a new CEO is (eventually) coming... so what exactly is going on at Condé Nast?
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed News:
Twitter hides a tweet, reportedly from Iran's head of state, for pointing out that a previous leader's verdict to murder novelist Salman Rushdie is still valid  —  Twitter removed a tweet from an account that reportedly belongs to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei on Friday …
Kali Hays / WWD:
Challenger Gray study: 15.5K jobs cut in news, broadcast news, TV, film, and music in 2018, a 281% increase YoY, of which 11.8K were in news organizations alone  —  A study from an industry outplacement firm said 2018 was the worst year for media in a decade.  This year isn't shaping up so well already.
Discussion: @saraschonhardt and @wwd
Duncan Cooper / Pitchfork:
While some artists whose music is used in TikTok videos are compensated through their labels' sales of blanket licenses, others forgo payment for exposure  —  The company behind lip-sync app TikTok is reportedly worth three times as much as Spotify, but the artists whose music powers the platform are seeing very little of that money.
Discussion: @getalternative and @mattnavarra
Amy X. Wang / Rolling Stone:
Interview with the Swedish social science research team behind Spotify Teardown, a forthcoming book that takes a deep look at the music streaming giant  —  Researchers behind the controversial new book into Spotify's operations chat with Rolling Stone about their most surprising findings
Discussion: Music Ally
Todd Spangler / Variety:
SEC filing: Spotify paid ~$337M to buy Gimlet Media and Anchor; Spotify told investors it expects to spend $400M-$500M in total on podcast acquisitions in 2019  —  - After Machinima Shutdown, Rooster Teeth Revives ‘Inside Gaming’ and Rescues Other Machinima Shows
Discussion: TechCrunch
 
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Mark Di Stefano / BuzzFeed:
Sources detail the “generational shift” occurring at the BBC, as it loses four high-profile male presenters in recent months, including David Dimbleby
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James Vincent / The Verge:
OpenAI says it won't release the dataset behind GPT-2, its new text generator algorithm that can write, translate, and summarize text, due to fears of misuse