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10:20 AM ET, April 23, 2019

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Casey Newton / The Verge:
Blocking social networks after terrorist attacks can do more harm than good, especially in places like Sri Lanka where official sources are often unreliable  —  We should be suspicious when governments crack down on speech in the name of safety  —  Imagine for a moment that you run …
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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 …
Connla Young / The Irish News:
Paramilitary group the New IRA admits responsibility for the murder of Lyra McKee, says she was killed during the course of “attacking the enemy”  —  THE paramilitary group blamed for shooting dead Lyra McKee in Derry last night apologised for the murder of the 29-year-old journalist.
Reuters:
Myanmar's top court rejects final appeal by jailed Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who are sentenced to seven years in jail  —  Shoon Naing, Simon Lewis  —  NAYPYITAW (Reuters) - Myanmar's top court on Tuesday rejected the appeal of two Reuters reporters sentenced to seven years …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
theSkimm acquires the tech behind Purple, a text messaging platform that allows creators to charge subscribers directly for news and content updates via text  —  theSkimm, which started seven years ago as a morning newsletter catered towards female millennials, has acquired the technology behind …
Columbia Journalism Review:
Civilization is accelerating toward disaster, but US media remains complacent in its coverage on climate change, letting politicians and companies avoid action  —  This article is being jointly published with The Nation, CJR's partner in a April 30 conference aimed at reframing the way journalists cover climate change.
Will Bunch / Philly.com:
Saving journalism's soul amidst Trump's war on the press requires acknowledging that the press is 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.
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Convergence Research Group report: pay TV industry will see a 5% drop in subscribers in 2019, up from 4% in 2018 when around 4.01M US subs quit their TV service  —  The pace of cord cutting is continuing to accelerate this year, according to a new Convergence Research Group report …
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
The Seattle Times, working with the Seattle Foundation, is looking to crowdfund $500K from small donors to beef up its investigative team  —  Nonprofit news donorship has taken off, with more than 50,000 new donors giving in a 2018 end-of-year fundraising campaign alone.
Discussion: @ibarguen and The Seattle Times
Carole Cadwalladr / The Guardian:
At Facebook-sponsored TED, reporter discusses her troubles in investigating Brexit disinformation on Facebook given opaqueness of News Feed, legal threats, more  —  For more than a year, the Observer writer has been probing a darkness at the heart of Silicon Valley.
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 …
 
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Saritha Rai / Bloomberg:
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Ainsley Harris / Fast Company:
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