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9:00 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 …
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.
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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 …
Caleb Howe / Mediaite:
Numerous journalists jumped the gun on the Jussie Smollett story, tweeting unverified claims as facts, further eroding trust amidst allegations of fake news  —  In light of new details in the investigation of the alleged assault on actor Jussie Smollett, fingers have been pointed at “the media” for jumping the gun on the story.
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
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 …
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  —  (UPDATED with Marvel Statement) EXCLUSIVE: Exactly a month after the launch of its second season on Netflix, Marvel's The Punisher has had to bite the bullet as has Jessica Jones.
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.
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” …
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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
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
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
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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
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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
Wall Street Journal:
An account of the rise and untimely death of Vine and HQ Trivia cofounder Colin Kroll, based on interviews with and documents from friends, police, and others