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4:30 AM ET, March 13, 2019

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Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Seven organizations are receiving $750K in funding for projects combining AI and news, including The Seattle Times  —  How will artificial intelligence change society?  How should journalists cover it?  And how can AI actually be helpful to newsrooms and reporters?
Mike Farrell / Multichannel News:
Tribune Media's shareholders overwhelmingly approve its acquisition by Nexstar Media Group, a deal that will create the largest TV station group in the US  —  $6.4B purchase will create country's largest station group  —  Tribune Media said its shareholders overwhelmingly approved …
Discussion: Deadline and Broadcasting & Cable
The Information:
Sources: Vice Media is seeking to raise up to $200M, possibly through a mix of debt and equity, and aims for profitability in the next 12 months  —  Vice Media is looking to raise a new round of financing of up to $200 million, which the company hopes will give it enough cash to reach its goal …
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
CBS buys out Lionsgate's 50% ownership of the Pop TV cable channel, formerly the TV Guide Network, gaining full control  —  CBS has taken full ownership of the Pop TV cable channel after buying out the 50% stake held by Lionsgate.  —  CBS said it aims to better integrate Pop with the rest …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter has launched its first ever podcast, “Character Count”, a series about its advertising business with interviews with companies like Dropbox  —  Twitter today is joining the podcasting arena.  This morning, the social network is launching its first-ever podcast series …
Discussion: Adweek
Alfred Ng / CNET:
Alphabet's Jigsaw releases Tune, a Chrome extension that filters out “toxic” comments on Reddit, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Disqus using its Perspective AI  —  The comments sections of websites bring out the best and worst of the internet — engaging insights are often found right next to enraging insults.
Media Matters for America:
Media Matters study: nearly one-third of climate change coverage by the networks came from a single episode of Meet the Press on December 30  —  For this study, Media Matters examined 2018 news coverage of climate change on broadcast TV networks, counting and analyzing segments devoted …
Discussion: The Week
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify Premium now offers a subscription to Hulu's ad-supported plan for free, in a deal available to new and existing users in the US until June 10  —  Hulu and Spotify today announced an expansion of their partnership on discounted streaming bundles, which lowers the price of Hulu's ad-supported service to, well... nothing.
Luke Mullins / Washingtonian:
How lobbyists are using geofencing of ads on digital platforms and hiring TV pundits to send policy messages to the president and those who influence him  —  Paying shills who go on Fox News, planting super-targeted ads in the President's Twitter feed, and all the other eyebrow-raising ways lobbyists …
The Daily Beast:
Court documents: Nicholas Sandmann, a student who was part of a viral confrontation with a Native American elder, sues CNN; he sued The Washington Post earlier  —  Nicholas Sandmann, a Kentucky high-school student who was at the center of a viral confrontation with a Native American elder in Washington …
Discussion: Mediaite
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Speaking on his show on Monday night, Tucker Carlson said he would “not bow to the mob”, but his program had just four ad breaks and few national advertisers  —  Tucker Carlson took to Fox News Channel's 8 p.m. slot knowing he had the full support of the cable-news network's regular viewers.
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Tony Maglio / The Wrap:
Despite calls for boycotts, Tucker Carlson is averaging 2.9M viewers per episode so far in 2019, far surpassing his direct competition on MSNBC and CNN
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Three Democratic lawmakers reintroduce the Journalist Protection Act, which would make it a federal crime to physically assault journalists  —  Three Democratic lawmakers reintroduced a Journalist Protection Act that intends to designate “certain attacks on those reporting the news” as a federal crime.
Discussion: SPJ News and East County Today
 
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Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Facebook pulled ads from Sen. Warren's campaign calling for the breakup of Facebook and other tech giants, citing policy violations, but is now restoring them
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
New York Magazine's parent company New York Media lays off 16 full-time employees, with 16 part-time and freelance staffers also being let go
David Uberti / Columbia Journalism Review:
Sources: BuzzFeed News employees are growing skeptical of the company's business model, with the future of shows like AM to DM dependent on outside platforms