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11:20 AM ET, February 19, 2019

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Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Knight Foundation pledges $300M over five years to further local news and free speech, with the bulk going to national orgs working with local partners  —  The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation will provide a whopping $300 million over five years to organizations including …
Jacob Granger / Journalism.co.uk:
Google News Initiative aims to provide 4,000 journalists in Australia and New Zealand with training on new revenue streams, SEO, fighting misinformation, more  —  Students and publishers alike will learn about new revenue streams and optimising content for digital audiences under latest GNI training programme
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Inside Netflix's all-out effort to win its first Oscar for Roma, including the hiring of a savvy campaigner and over-the-top spending  —  LOS ANGELES — Netflix called it “'Roma' Experience Day.”  —  On a Sunday in December, the streaming giant rented two soundstages on a historic movie lot …
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Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Inside the struggle between the Academy and Oscars producer Donna Gigliotti to shorten the awards ceremony, as ratings gradually decline  —  LOS ANGELES — The lead producer of the 91st Academy Awards, Donna Gigliotti, was in high spirits on Friday morning.
Melissa Brown / The Montgomery Advertiser:
Goodloe Sutton, publisher of the Alabama newspaper the Democrat-Reporter, authored an editorial calling on the KKK to “ride again” and “clean out DC”  —  The editor of a small-town Alabama newspaper published an editorial calling for “the Ku Klux Klan to night ride again” …
Ian Sample / The Guardian:
Interviews with 30 flat Earth conference attendees finds most did not consider the Earth to be flat two years ago, but YouTube videos changed their minds  —  Conspiracy theories shown on video-sharing site persuade people to doubt Earth is round  —  Researchers believe they have identified …
Rebecca Keegan / Hollywood Reporter:
Q&A with Amazon Studios Chief Jennifer Salke on her content acquisition strategy, potentially broadcasting a ceremony such as the Oscars one day, and more  —  The studio head opens up about her Sundance buying spree, blockbuster ambitions and the secret room where Amazon's 'Lord …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Lara Logan and CBS News parted ways in 2018; the split was disclosed following comments Logan made on a podcast about the press being “mostly liberal”  —  Lara Logan, the journalist who gained wider renown covering war-torn spots in the Middle East for CBS News …
Discussion: TVNewser
Alexandra Steigrad / New York Post:
Sources: companies are wary of bidding for Gizmodo Media Group as its independent editorial clause means it can criticize owners  —  Not only is Gizmodo Media losing money, its snarky news and gossip sites may trash you if you buy them.  —  That's the bizarre dilemma prospective bidders face …
Eric Johnson / Recode:
IAC Chairman Barry Diller says Hollywood movie studios are now “irrelevant” as the market has fragmented, says Netflix cannot be displaced in streaming  —  Diller, the former CEO of Paramount and Fox, talks about the diminished power of movie studios and why “Netflix has won this game” on the latest Recode Decode.
Discussion: @drudgefeed, @skiscontent and @noltenc
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix Establishes Production Hub in Toronto, Leasing Nearly 250,000 Square Feet of Studio Space  —  Netflix is taking on close to 250,000 square feet of studio and office space in Toronto, as part of its agreement to invest in Canada's entertainment industry.
Roy Greenslade / The Guardian:
A look at what makes Metro, a free daily with an equal split between apolitical content and ads, and profits of ~£1M /mo, the UK's most-read newspaper  —  A free paper that follows the market and prides itself in being unbiased is making £1m a month
 
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Mark Di Stefano / BuzzFeed:
The Economist's Editor-in-Chief Zanny Minton Beddoes says less than 1% of the magazine's staff are black
Discussion: @markdistef
Dominic Patten / Deadline:
Netflix has cancelled its last two Marvel series, The Punisher and Jessica Jones, with the latter's third season still to air
Arno Schuetze / Reuters:
German prosecutors are investigating allegations of market manipulation against a Financial Times journalist as part of a probe into Wirecard, a payments firm
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
The BBC has apologized after a commentator was heard on mic uttering profanities during a live broadcast
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Study: in 2017, ~17M US content creators, up 16.6% YoY, earned ~$6.8B, up 17% YoY, on nine leading platforms including Instagram, Twitch, Tumblr, and YouTube
Discussion: Mashable
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Though media awareness of gender bias in covering political candidates has grown since 2016, coverage continues to focus on flaws it forgives in male candidates
Rita Liao / TechCrunch:
Alibaba acquires 8% stake in Nasdaq-listed Chinese anime streaming site Bilibili; Tencent paid $320M for its 12.3% stake in Bilibili in October
Michael S. Rosenwald / Washington Post:
A history of how many 19th century newspapers blackmailed prominent figures, made newly relevant following the Jeff Bezos-National Enquirer scandal