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8:15 AM ET, May 1, 2019

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Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
The Guardian posts £800K profit for FY 2018-2019, its first since 1998, with 655K monthly supporters and £223M in revenue, of which 55% comes from digital  —  Record online traffic and financial contributions from readers play key part in putting GNM on sustainable path
Mathew Ingram / Columbia Journalism Review:
How the spreadsheet that classified job applicants, with rankings of social class, “justice seeking” traits, and more, illustrated the divide within The Markup  —  There are things about the recent implosion of The Markup that make it unique—in particular, that it raised $23 million …
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Sources: top editorial staffers Susie Banikarim, Alex Dickinson, and Tim Marchman are out at G/O Media amid a restructuring that could affect 25+ staffers  —  As part of a major restructuring effort that could affect 25 staffers.  —  Several of the top editorial employees at the company formerly known …
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Sources: Quibi execs are seeking upfront ad commitments, prioritizing larger deals, and are planning a $5 ad-supported subscription and an $8 ad-free tier  —  Jeffrey Katzenberg's Quibi is spending big bucks on original content as the company hopes to build the next big thing in mobile streaming video.
Discussion: Streaming Observer
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
ESPN announces plans to shut down ESPN The Magazine in September after 21 years; the company is considering publishing standalone print issues  —  ESPN, the sports-media giant with an influence that extends across several types of media, is getting out of one particular venue: print.
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Wall Street Journal:
Cable operator Altice USA agrees to acquire streaming-video network Cheddar for $200M; Cheddar founder Jon Steinberg to become president of the Altice News unit  —  Cheddar founder and CEO Jon Steinberg is set to become president of Altice News, overseeing Cheddar, News 12 and i24News
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Creative Commons launches its search engine out of beta, with over 300M images indexed  —  Nonprofit organization Creative Commons is today publicly launching its search engine, after over two years of beta testing.  The new service is designed to offer an easy way to search the commons' archive …
Discussion: @mattmcgee
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
Samir Patil / New York Times:
Disinformation in India won't cease by asking tech platforms to change, or by altering politician behavior, but possibly by treating it as an infectious disease  —  Disinformation can be defeated by treating the crisis as we responded to infectious diseases in the past.
Discussion: TechCrunch
 
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The Detroit Free Press created a unique social media voice by using a sassy persona that makes jokes and tackles serious issues to connect with its community
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Salem Media Group, home to RedState, bought PJ Media in March for $100K, though radio is the company's primary revenue source with 116 stations in 39 markets
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Sara Guaglione / MediaPost:
At NewFronts, The New York Times says The Daily podcast has reached 2M listeners per day, talks ad targets, smart speakers, and its upcoming food festival
Discussion: WWD
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Twitter announces live streaming content deals with Univision, WSJ, and Time and new initiatives with previous partners including Viacom, the NFL, and ESPN
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Facebook to give 60+ academics around the world access to its data for projects on news polarization, disinformation, and more