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3:45 PM ET, May 3, 2019


 Top News: 
Teresa Mioli / Journalism in the Americas:
Journalists and press freedom advocates are highlighting a theme of media for democracy in times of disinformation for the 26th World Press Freedom Day  —  Each May 3 is a global celebration of press freedom and its importance to society.  For this year's World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) …
Anabel Pasarow / Refinery29:
Twitter launching a monthly original video series on May 3 spotlighting women in journalism, using the hashtag #HerStory in honor of World Press Freedom Day  —  In honor of World Press Freedom Day on May 3, Twitter is spotlighting female voices in journalism around the world with the launch …
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Reporters Without Borders to launch an all-party parliamentary group in the UK in July to promote press freedom worldwide
Discussion: BBC and Reporters Without Borders
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook bans Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos, Laura Loomer, Louis Farrakhan, others from Facebook and Instagram, citing dangerous individuals and orgs policy  —  Milo Yiannopoulos and Louis Farrakhan have been banned as well  —  Facebook today removed Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones, Paul Nehlen …
Rob Price / Business Insider:
Facebook shared info about extremist ban with some news outlets before the ban was in place, letting Alex Jones and others redirect followers to other platforms
Dish Network reports Q1 revenue of $3.19B, down 8% YoY, net income of $340M, says it lost 259K subs after HBO and Univision blackouts and added 7K Sling TV subs  —  (Reuters) - Dish Network Corp fell short of estimates for quarterly profit on Friday, as the U.S. satellite TV service provider lost …
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Sources: the Financial Times has begun searching for a new editor in chief to replace Lionel Barber, who has held the position since 2005  —  Barber, the UK's longest serving national newspaper editor, has held the post since 2005  —  The Financial Times has begun its search for a new editor …
Discussion: @charliebeckett
Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube says it will make all of its original content free this fall in a strategy that its CBO says is in opposition to what other media companies are doing  —  - YouTube Renews Kevin Hart Comedy Series, Sets Maluma and Paris Hilton Documentaries, Lollapalooza Live-Streaming Deal
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
UK's Evening Standard editor announces job cuts as the free paper merges its print and online teams following a £10M loss in 2018  —  Newspaper's editor, George Osborne, announces plan to merge print and online teams  —  George Osborne has announced a round of job cuts at the Evening Standard …
Discussion: The Drum
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Sources: Fox to cut one commercial break from each quarter during the 2020 Super Bowl to counter complaints about interruptions and retain viewer attention  —  Fox has an intriguing new offer for Super Bowl advertisers: a complete reworking of the gridiron for the game's glitzy commercials.
NBC News:
Subscription-based sports news startup The Athletic will launch original video content on May 8, says CEO Alex Mather  —  Moving the Market: Mark Zuckerberg has banned conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and other controversial public figures from Facebook services for promoting violence and hate.
Discussion: @armenketeyian
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Andy Bechtel / The Editor's Desk:
Q&A with Megan Cassella, a Politico reporter covering trade and a 2015 j-school graduate, on typical editing at Politico, essential job skills, and adaptation
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
Publishers and ad tech vendors are broadly content with second version of IAB Europe's framework for GDPR compliance, which will be open for comment for 30 days
Kali Hays / WWD:
Interview with InStyle's third publisher in three years, Agnes Chapski, on plans to grow digital channels like social and video, where she sees potential
Barrett Golding / Poynter:
International Fact-Checking Network builds an index of untrustworthy news sites compiled from five databases curated by established journalists and academics
Discussion: FTVLive
Garett Sloane / Ad Age:
Walmart announces the Vudu Audience Extension network, which will allow advertisers to buy campaigns through Vudu that will also run on other streaming services
Discussion: TechCrunch and TechCrunch
 Earlier Picks: 
The Advocate:
New Orleans Advocate owners John and Dathel Georges buy The Times-Picayune and from Advance Local, will merge websites and publish one daily newspaper
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Analysis of 317 articles in Dutch on De Correspondent shows features and analysis dominate, 43% of posts focus on Netherlands, and diversity is severely lacking
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Verizon is seeking a buyer for Tumblr as it tries to steady Verizon Media Group, which has struggled to meet revenue targets