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12:05 PM ET, February 20, 2019

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Brian Stelter / CNN:
CNN employees raise ethics concerns over CNN's hire of Sarah Isgur Flores who is moving directly into a managerial role  —  New York (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter.  You can sign up for free right here.  —  Controversy over CNN's newest hire
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Jon Levine / The Wrap:
Source: George Stephanopoulos has extended his contract with ABC News and signed a four-year deal for $65M+
Discussion: Page Six
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
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 …
eMarketer:
eMarketer predicts that US digital ad spending will surpass traditional in 2019, growing 19% YoY to $129.34B, of which mobile will account for ~$87B  —  Amazon's ad business to grow more than 50%, taking bite out of duopoly  —  This year will mark a major milestone in the world of advertising.
Tim Baysinger / The Wrap:
Bleacher Report's co-founder Dave Finocchio is stepping down from the company this summer, with CMO Howard Mittman taking over as CEO  —  Bleacher co-founder Dave Finocchio will step down from the digital media sports company this summer, with Howard Mittman taking over as CEO.
Discussion: Recode
Sam Thielman / Columbia Journalism Review:
Q&A with BuzzFeed News' Jason Leopold on the Cohen story, FOIA, reporting on national security, and more  —  Jason Leopold has a long list of national security scoops to his name.  He covered the brutal mistreatment of detainees at the Guantanamo military prison.
James Walker / Press Gazette:
One year after the murder of Slovak investigative journalist Jan Kuciak, ten journalism groups sign an open letter demanding answers from authorities  —  Press freedom groups and journalist organisations have pushed Slovak authorities to look into state failures to stop the murder …
Kelly McBride / Poynter:
Poynter's Kelly McBride explains what its news Craig Newmark ethics centre will do, including establishing fellowships, offering subsidized training, and more  —  Editor's note: This week Kelly McBride is starting a series of meetings at newsrooms across the country, asking journalists …
The New York Times Company:
Carol Rosenberg, one of the most prolific reporters covering Guantánamo Bay, is joining the New York Times to cover the prison and national security  —  Carol Rosenberg, the foremost reporter on the military prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, will cover the detention camp and other important national security stories.
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google publishes 30-page paper on how it combats disinformation across YouTube, Search, News, Ads: product improvements, experience with spam, context for users  —  Over the weekend, Google presented a white paper at the Munich Security Conference detailing how it fights disinformation across its largest services.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Engadget
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Discussion: Vanity Fair and The Week
Mya Frazier / Columbia Journalism Review:
Faced with declining revenue, the AP cuts spending and expat foreign correspondent posts, hiring locals on lower salaries, citing on-the-ground expertise  —  In October 2011, almost a year into the Arab Spring, Robert Reid, a regional editor for the Associated Press based in Cairo …
 
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K.G Orphanides / WIRED UK:
Investigation: YouTube is monetizing sexualized videos of minors, many with comments from predators; Epic Games pauses all pre-roll ads following enquiry
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
AllAccess.com:
In a first for podcasts, American Public Media's In the Dark wins a Polk Award
Discussion: C-SPAN.org
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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
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”
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