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3:45 AM ET, February 20, 2019

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Politico:
Sarah Isgur, who was the DOJ's lead spokesperson under AG Jeff Sessions, is joining CNN as political editor next month and will coordinate 2020 coverage  —  Sarah Isgur will coordinate political coverage for the 2020 campaign at the network.  —  President Donald Trump has derided CNN …
Keith Coffman / Reuters:
Covington Catholic student Nicholas Sandmann sued the Washington Post for $250M, claiming it falsely accused him of racist acts and instigating a confrontation  —  (Reuters) - A high school student from Covington, Kentucky, sued the Washington Post for defamation on Tuesday …
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 …
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” …
CNN:
Justice Clarence Thomas calls for a review of 1964 NYT vs Sullivan ruling that said the Constitution created a higher barrier for public figures to claim libel  —  Washington (CNN)Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on Tuesday called for reconsideration of a landmark First Amendment precedent …
AllAccess.com:
In a first for podcasts, American Public Media's In the Dark wins a Polk Award  —  LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY has announced the winners of the 70th annual GEORGE POLK Awards in Journalism, and for the first time, a podcast was one of the winners, with the second season of AMERICAN PUBLIC MEDIA/APM REPORTS' …
Discussion: C-SPAN.org
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Hearst Media acquires Clevver, a pop culture news brand with 15M+ YouTube subscribers that was formerly owned by Defy Media, which shut down in November  —  The pop culture news brand has more than 15 million subscribers across its YouTube channels.  —  Clevver has found a new home following the fall shutdown of owner Defy Media.
Discussion: MediaPost and @natjarv
Tim Ingham / Music Business Worldwide:
SoundCloud adds distribution feature to its premium tier, so artists can now upload their music to services including Spotify, YouTube Music, Tencent, and more  —  SoundCloud has launched a new distribution feature in open beta which enables artists to spread their music to a range of rival streaming services.
Discussion: Fast Company, Variety and TechCrunch
The New York Times Company:
New York Times online access will now be available for free in all California public libraries, home to 23M library card holders  —  The New York Times and California State Library today announced that all of the nearly 1,200 public libraries across the state will offer their patrons free NYTimes.com access.
 
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Declan Walsh / New York Times:
Egyptian authorities detained NYT correspondent David D. Kirkpatrick for hours on Monday and confiscated his phone before forcing him on a flight to London
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix Establishes Production Hub in Toronto, Leasing Nearly 250,000 Square Feet of Studio Space
Discussion: Reuters
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
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