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8:40 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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: MediaPost and TechCrunch
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.
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
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.
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
Colin Deppen / The Incline:
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has a new executive editor, Keith Burris, who wrote the “Reason as Racism” editorial and was involved in firing of cartoonist Rob Rogers  —  Keith Burris was at the center of the firing of cartoonist Rob Rogers and penned the “Reason as Racism” editorial.
 
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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
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
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix Establishes Production Hub in Toronto, Leasing Nearly 250,000 Square Feet of Studio Space
Discussion: Reuters
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