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5:20 PM ET, April 22, 2019

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Ainsley Harris / Fast Company:
Bob Iger's 2018 pay was $65.6M, or 1,424X the median Disney salary, says study; Disney co-founder's granddaughter Abigail Disney says that pay level is “insane”  —  In 2018, Disney CEO Bob Iger got a raise-a big raise.  His total compensation increased 80% to hit $65.6 million.
Will Bunch / Philly.com:
Saving journalism's soul amidst Trump's war on the press requires acknowledging that we are indeed at war—to protect truth and democracy itself  —  Columnist's note: This is an excerpt from a speech delivered last Thursday at the the Drexel Writing Festival.  You can read the entire speech here.
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Luminary, the subscription-based podcast app backed by $100M in venture capital, debuts Tuesday without The New York Times' The Daily or shows from Gimlet Media  —  It took less than a day for Luminary to become enemy number one of the podcast industry.  Last month, on the same day that it unveiled …
Saritha Rai / Bloomberg:
Profile of Boom, one of seven tiny fact-checking firms Facebook hired before India's elections, which finds fighting misinformation a Sisyphean task  —  - The company has hired contract firms during India's elections  — At least one fact-check team says it's struggling to keep up
Fox Business:
Sources: Sinclair Broadcasting appears to have won the auction for Fox's regional sports networks with a ~$10B bid; Disney originally sought as much as $20B  —  Sinclair Broadcasting appears to have emerged as the leading candidate to win the auction of the 21st Century Fox's Regional Sports Networks …
Washington Post:
Sri Lanka blocks access to social media platforms, including WhatsApp and Facebook, to curb spread of misinformation after a series of deadly explosions  —  The Sri Lankan government blocked access to Facebook and other social-networking sites Sunday after suicide attacks killed more than 290 people …
Paul Bradshaw:
Lyra McKee inspired others as she took a circuitous route into journalism, crowdfunding $6,000 for her first investigation and later giving conference talks  —  Lyra McKee had a talent for inspiring people.  In 2012, when she first approached me about becoming a distance learning student on my MA course …
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Janko Roettgers / Variety:
SiriusXM launches SiriusXM Essential, an $8/month streaming only plan for mobiles and smart speakers that gives access to 200+ channels  —  SiriusXM wants to cater consumers without cars, or cars without compatible stereos, with a new $8 plan for mobile and in-home listening.
Brian Morrissey / Digiday:
Digiday is expanding its paid membership program, Digiday+, by implementing a metered paywall for all Digiday articles; Digiday+ members get unlimited access  —  At Digiday, our mission is to create change in media.  Every day, we chronicle the quest for sustainable media business models …
Discussion: @lmoses and @bmorrissey, Thanks:@steverubel
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Student journalists from a Lexington, KY high school were turned away from a Betsy DeVos “open press event”, and turned their experience into an editorial  —  The students were on deadline, and they were on a mission.  —  They piled into a car last Wednesday and pulled away …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
As internet TV services raise prices, Philo is discontinuing its cheapest skinny bundle for new customers, offering only its $20/month plan with 58 channels  —  The skinniest virtual pay-TV offering available is going by the wayside.  Philo, the over-the-top TV company backed by four cable programmers …
 
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Carole Cadwalladr / The Guardian:
At Facebook-sponsored TED, reporter discusses her troubles in investigating Brexit disinformation on Facebook given opaqueness of Newsfeed, legal threats, more
Jane Martinson / The Guardian:
The Spectator will remove applicant names from the editorial aptitude tests on which it now relies for paid internships, to eliminate bias in recruitment
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Annaliese Griffin / Quartz:
A look back at a distinctly gendered condescension that has often defined the news coverage of Pinterest because of its overwhelmingly female audience
Discussion: @qz
Dani Deahl / The Verge:
AI-produced music raises copyright questions on whether AI or their human creators can claim authorship and whether artists mimicked by AI should be compensated
Matt Tullis / Nieman Storyboard:
A Washington Post reporter and Sandy Hook parents reflect on their motivations during the reporting process in the wake of unimaginable loss