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6:15 PM ET, April 9, 2019

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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Subscription-based sports site The Athletic is launching 20 ad-free podcasts across its app and website on Tuesday, produced by 12 new hires  —  The Athletic, a subscription-based digital sports media company, is launching a multi-million dollar podcasting business.
Ted Johnson / Variety:
YouTube has disabled comments on a livestream of the House Judiciary Committee's hearing on hate crimes because it was generating too much hate speech  —  WASHINGTON — YouTube has disabled the commenting function on a livestream of a House Judiciary Committee hearing on hate crimes …
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
After suing Twitter, Rep. Devin Nunes is suing McClatchy and others for alleged defamation, referring to a McClatchy-owned Fresno Bee article, seeks $150M  —  Congressman Devin Nunes is filing another lawsuit.  —  Following the lawsuit he filed last month against Twitter, Liz Mair …
Mike Fleming / Deadline:
Sources: Netflix is in talks to buy the Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, which would be its first brick and mortar theater acquisition  —  EXCLUSIVE: Netflix is in preliminary talks with American Cinematheque to buy the venerable Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard.
Lauren Easton / Associated Press:
AP announces it will expand its fact checking of false and misleading information that appears on Facebook, now also vetting video and Spanish-language content  —  The Associated Press announced today it will expand its robust efforts to debunk false and misleading information …
Discussion: Poynter
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Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
YouTube says it will begin developing choose-your-own-adventure-style shows under a new unit, following the success of Netflix's “Bandersnatch” and others  —  - Video site is steering program dollars into new technology  — Company to announce new slate of shows next month in New York
Louise Story / Nieman Lab:
The Wall Street Journal has redesigned its comments section, renaming it “Conversations”, in an attempt to engage readers who do not comment often  —  Our readers this week will see a lot of changes built around the goal of elevating the quality of community discourse on WSJ.com.
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Magna Global: OTT-based advertising reached $2.7B in revenue in 2018, up 54% YoY, and is expected to grow 39% in 2019 to $3.8B and 31% in 2020 to $5B  —  Disney, WarnerMedia and other media giants are going “direct to consumer” with new subscription streaming services.
Allegra Frank / Vox:
“Kill This Love” video from K-pop group Blackpink hits milestones on iTunes and YouTube, surpassing 100M YouTube views within two days and 14 hours  —  Destiny's Child held the iTunes record for 15 years before Blackpink came along.  —  What do Destiny's Child and Psy have in common?
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Major ad industry associations, including ANA and IAB, are launching Privacy for America, a new lobby group that will advocate for a federal data privacy law  —  A group of major ad industry associations is launching a new organization, Privacy for America, that aims to shape federal privacy laws.
Discussion: Adweek and AList
Kelly McCarthy / ABC News:
ABC News producer Alexa Valiente passed away over the weekend at the age of 27  —  She will be remembered for her bright personality and infectious love of life.  —  Alexa Valiente, a producer for ABC News for six years, passed away over the weekend.  —  Valiente, who had been facing health issues …
Carolyn Giardina / Hollywood Reporter:
NAB CEO Gordon Smith has called on tech companies including Apple to embed broadcast chips in smartphones to enable broadcasting without a cell network  —  Gordon Smith called on lawmakers to address the “threat” to local journalism by tech companies by “increas[ing] regulation on the tech industry …
William D. Cohan / Vanity Fair:
Sources: CBS is struggling to recruit a CEO, as potential candidates are wary of the Redstones and the company's culture; Richard Plepler turned down the job  —  Plepler is a no. Katzenberg is a no. Ianniello wants to stay—but he's a Moonves guy.  Will an A-lister come to clean up Redstone's mess?
Discussion: @gerryfsmith and @media_evan
Andrew McCormick / Columbia Journalism Review:
Brooklyn-based online news site Bklyner is producing a free print compilation of its best stories about once a month, supported in part by local advertisers  —  Last Thursday, at 8:30am in Brooklyn's Park Slope neighborhood, Liena Zagare, editor of the hyperlocal news site Bklyner …
Discussion: @bklyner
Nieman Foundation:
Mother Jones CEO Monika Bauerlein and Editor-in-Chief Clara Jeffery have been awarded the 2019 I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence  —  In recognition of their enduring support of investigative reporting and independent journalists, Monika Bauerlein and Clara Jeffery of Mother Jones magazine …
 
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Roy J. Harris Jr / Poynter:
A look at the reporting projects that could win the 2019 Pulitzers being announced next week, based on this season's award winners so far
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Aliya Iftikhar / Columbia Journalism Review:
Rising Kashmir editor Syed Shujaat Bukhari's murder remains unsolved after 10 months, perpetuating a climate of fear and censorship among Kashmiri journalists
Charlie Warzel / New York Times:
Profile of CarpeDonktum, a stay-at-home dad posting highly popular pro-Trump memes and blurring the lines between viral trolling and the business of politics
Lasantha Wickrematunge / BuzzFeed News:
“When finally I am killed, it will be the government that kills me”: the final column of Sri Lankan journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge, murdered in January 2009
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Amanda Darrach / Columbia Journalism Review:
Profile of Ruth Sherlock, an NPR correspondent in the Middle East, on covering the ISIS beat amid tabloid sensationalism from other corners of the media
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Joseph Azam, who resigned from News Corp in late 2017, says other employees were also troubled by Fox News' rhetoric
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Private equity firm Great Hill Partners has agreed to acquire Gizmodo Media Group from Univision, forming a new company led by digital media exec Jim Spanfeller
BBC:
UK whitepaper proposes “code of best practice” for how internet platforms should deal with harmful content, suggests expanding liability to tech company execs