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1:10 PM ET, March 19, 2019

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Medium:
Medium is once again seeking writers and editors to launch new publications on its platform, offering temporary contracts which may or may not be renewed  —  We are looking to fund more great editors, writers, and publishers  —  Every day, millions of people read unique, thought-provoking stories on Medium.
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Jaclyn Peiser / New York Times:
Former New York Times food writer Mark Bittman is launching Salty, a publication covering “practical” stories about food, on Medium  —  Mark Bittman wants you to know he's not dead.  —  Since his departure from The New York Times in 2015 to join a food start up …
Variety:
21st Century Fox and “New” Fox are now standalone entities, with Fox adding four new board members including Chase Carey and former House Speaker Paul Ryan  —  UPDATED: 21st Century Fox said Tuesday it has completed the distribution of shares to birth the Fox Corporation.
CNN:
The State Dept. press corps was barred from a Pompeo briefing, and the department won't release a list of attendees but said it was for “faith-based media only”  —  (CNN)The State Department on Monday said it would not be distributing a transcript or list of attendees …
Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:
Rep. Devin Nunes is suing Twitter and some of its users for defamation, alleging Twitter is shadow banning conservatives, seeks $250M+ in damages  —  House Intelligence Committee ranking member and former chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) is suing Twitter and a number of its users for more than $250 million.
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Reed Hastings confirms that Netflix won't be offering its content through Apple's upcoming video service  —  In other news: Turns out Netflix is not a tech company, Hastings says.  —  Apple is planning a big announcement to unveil its new video strategy next week, and there is a long list of unknowns about Apple's plans.
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Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Netflix to debut interactive series “You vs. Wild”, in which viewers will choose the story of survival expert Bear Grylls' expeditions around the world, Apr. 10  —  - The Next ‘Bandersnatch’: Netflix to Debut Interactive Series ‘You vs. Wild’ Starring Bear Grylls
Media Matters for America:
Despite Alex Jones' YouTube ban, an account posting only InfoWars content, called Resistance News, had millions of views, before YouTube took it down today  —  Update (3/19/19): Following the publication of this post, the Resistance News channel was removed from YouTube …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: the National Enquirer acquired Jeff Bezos' racy texts from his lover's brother for $200,000  —  Michael Sanchez sold the billionaire's secrets to American Media, the Enquirer's publisher, said people familiar with the matter  —  Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos and his allies …
Facebook:
Facebook says original Christchurch attack video was viewed <200 times during live broadcast; first user report came in 12 minutes after live broadcast ended  —  Our hearts go out to the victims, their families and the community affected by the horrific terrorist attacks in Christchurch.
Facebook Journalism Project:
Facebook announces the Facebook Journalism Project Community Network to support projects aimed at building community through local news  —  Product Marketing Manager, Today In Local News Partnerships Lead  —  Over the last twenty-five years, news deserts - communities with little or no local reporting …
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Associated Press:
Facebook is struggling with Today In, its feature curating local news, because 40% of Americans live in places that do not have enough local news coverage
 
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Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
The LA Times currently has 150K digital-only subscribers, up 50% since June 2018, but new owner Patrick Soon-Shiong says it must aim for 5M paying subscribers
Julia Jacobs / New York Times:
Q&A with Susan Swain, one of C-Span's two chief executives, on the network's political impact as it celebrates 40 years in broadcasting
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sources: Snap is planning to launch another slate of original shows which will appear in the app's Discover section
ProPublica:
Cook County Juvenile Court judge bars ProPublica Illinois from publishing info that could identify families in a child welfare case the site is investigating
Steven Nelson / Washington Examiner:
New White House policy states reporters must spend 50% of their time at the White House, which few currently do, to qualify for a “hard” press pass
Joan Donovan / The Atlantic:
News coverage of terror attacks coupled with social media helps amplify extremists' ideas, and this weakness is being actively exploited
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