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2:15 PM 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 …
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” …
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 …
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 …
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Kevin Roose / New York Times:
For YouTube, curbing misinformation on its platform may mean punishing some of its stars, a step it's not shown it can broadly take, despite recent policy shift  —  Last month, the YouTube star Shane Dawson uploaded his new project: a 104-minute documentary, “Conspiracy Theories With Shane Dawson.”
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
Discussion: @michellemanafy
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 …
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
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  —  CAIRO — Egyptian officials detained a New York Times correspondent after he arrived in Cairo on Monday, holding him incommunicado …
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
 
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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
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