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11:45 AM ET, April 18, 2019

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Eli Rosenberg / Washington Post:
A NYT story on Bernie Sanders and a think tank prompted criticism of NYT reporters on Twitter and questions about their interview of the think tank leader's mom  —  The relationship between Bernie Sanders supporters and the Hillary Clinton camp was famously bitter during the 2016 presidential campaign …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
A senior exec at an ML company that has worked with Sky News says AI can help newsrooms become more efficient, automating tasks like transcription  —  Journalists have “nothing to fear” from artificial intelligence, according to a leading media technology expert who has worked with Sky News.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
US ranked 48th in the World Press Freedom Index, a third year of decline, entering the ranks of countries whose treatment of journalists is “problematic”  —  For the third time in three years, the United States' standing in an annual index of press freedom declined …
Discussion: CNN and The Guardian
Paul Mozur / New York Times:
The NYT's Shanghai-based technology reporter Paul Mozur says he was constantly followed by Chinese authorities while on assignment in Kashgar  —  Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together.
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Money magazine will end its print edition after the June issue and become online-only following a failed sale attempt by Meredith  —  Money magazine is the latest print title to fold in a fading magazine industry.  —  Publishing house Meredith Wednesday said it is taking down the for sale sign …
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Jonathan O'Connell / Washington Post:
Alden Global Capital, the hedge fund trying to take over Gannett, is facing a federal probe after moving employee pension savings into its own accounts  —  Alden Global Capital, a prominent hedge fund that controls more than 100 local newspapers, moved nearly $250 million of employee pension savings …
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: filming for DC Universe's Swamp Thing is cut to 10 episodes from the original 13 as parent company WarnerMedia plans its own, larger streaming platform  —  Three episodes of the drama, set to premiere May 31 on the streaming platform.  —  Swamp Thing is going to spend a bit less time in the swamp.
David Ng / Los Angeles Times:
WGA says it is suing the four main talent agencies in Los Angeles Superior Court, claiming the widespread use of packaging fees violates state and federal laws  —  The Writers Guild of America said it is suing the four main talent agencies over a practice the union says is harmful to the interests of its members.
 
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Investigation finds six Android apps from DU Group, a major Chinese developer, that have been committing large-scale ad fraud and abusing user permissions
Jacob Granger / Journalism.co.uk:
Velocidad, a new startup accelerator aimed at digital media companies, has launched in Latin America with $1.5M from an Omidyar-backed philanthropy group
Wendy Lee / Los Angeles Times:
Universal Music Group says it is working with podcast production company Wondery on audio stories that could later be developed into films or TV shows
Discussion: RAIN News
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Daisuke Wakabayashi / New York Times:
Interviews with YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki and employees shed light on her stewardship and what has been a difficult year so far, with a myriad of scandals
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
In covering the Mueller report, which is being released Thursday, journalists must learn from the mistakes of last month and resist urges to simplify the story
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Netflix says it looks to add only ~300K US subscribers in the next quarter, down from 850K a year ago, reflecting its struggle to grow domestically
Ben Collins / NBC News:
Both Twitter and YouTube struggled again to contain the spread of conspiracy theories and Islamophobic content amid a news event, as Notre Dame burned