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4:25 PM 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
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Recode officially joins Vox, which purchased it in 2015, with Samantha Oltman, formerly of BuzzFeed News, as editor in chief  —  A letter from the editors-at-large.  —  Over the past year, the two of us switched coasts.  Kara took up part-time residence in Washington, DC.  Ezra moved to Oakland, California.
Kelsey Sutton / Adweek:
Vice to consolidate its 12+ digital brands under Vice.com with some, like Broadly, folded into the site and others, like Motherboard, with dedicated verticals  —  It's also rolling out its own audience measurement and new blacklist policy  —  As part of a larger redesign and streamlining …
Sara Jerde / Adweek:
Medium has hired four editors in chief to launch new publications focused on power, black women, personal development, and business  —  The site hired 4 new editors in chief to lead those new verticals  —  Medium is expanding the scope of its editorial efforts with the hiring of four …
Discussion: Talking Biz News and @willoremus
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Indian media group Times Internet reports 450M+ monthly users across its ~36 news, video, and music properties, says its biggest challenge is increasing revenue  —  Media group now claims 450M users across services including news, video and music  —  The aggressive push by Silicon Valley companies …
Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed News:
Source: Sophie Schmidt, Eric Schmidt's daughter, plans a nonprofit site about tech effects on the non-Western world and has hired media strategist Amy O'Leary  —  Sophie Schmidt, a tech industry veteran and the daughter of Eric Schmidt, the former Google and Alphabet executive chair …
Discussion: @bernstein and Search Engine Land
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: @reckless and TechCrunch
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
In a letter to creators, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki says YouTube wants to have half of the videos in its trending tab come from YouTube creators  —  YouTube wants to have half of the featured videos in its trending tab come from streams originating on the company's own site going forward …
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
Tony Wan / EdSurge:
McGraw-Hill Education and Cengage plan to merge, creating a textbook publisher with an estimated value of $5B, second biggest in US behind Pearson at $8.5B  —  Cengage and McGraw-Hill Education plan to join forces in an all-stock merger.  The news, first reported by The Wall Street Journal …
Max Willens / Digiday:
Carl O'Donnell / Reuters:
Sources: Meredith is exploring a sale of its 17 local TV stations and has received interest from Apollo Global Management; deal could value the stations at $2B+  —  (Reuters) - Meredith Corp, best known for its lifestyle magazines such as “Better Homes and Gardens”, is preparing to explore …
Discussion: @jyarow
 
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Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
The WaPo Fact Checker says Trump has made 10K+ “false or misleading” claims since taking office, yet news orgs still resort to euphemisms, avoid the word “lie”
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@the_corres:
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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