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Simon Lewis / Reuters:
Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have been freed from prison after being jailed in Myanmar for more than 500 days  —  Simon Lewis, Shoon Naing  —  YANGON (Reuters) - Two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar after they were convicted of breaking the Official Secrets Act walked free …
Emily Nussbaum / New Yorker:
CBS censored a cartoon in CBS All Access' The Good Fight; writer said the network standards division was concerned the cartoon would endanger CBS execs in China  —  Last Thursday, fans of “The Good Fight”—the darkly funny Trump-era spinoff of “The Good Wife,” created by the married showrunners Robert …
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
A look at the investments Condé Nast-owner Advance Publications is making to diversify away from its media holdings as it embarks on a $10B shopping spree  —  Advance Publications Inc., owner of the Condé Nast magazine empire and metropolitan newspapers, is on a $10 billion …
Caroline Crampton / Nieman Lab:
Luminary says it will allow podcasters to include links in their show notes, after previously removing them for “security” reasons  —  Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts.  This is issue 208, published May 7, 2019.  —  Luminary cleans up its show notes links situation.
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
CEO pay in 2018 stayed healthy at public newspaper companies: $6.1M for NYT's Mark Thompson, $5.3M for Gannett's Bob Dickey, $2.9M for McClatchy's Craig Forman  —  Million-dollar payouts common to news CEOs despite layoffs, cutbacks and stagnant salaries on the ground
Kara Swisher / New York Times:
While social media platforms, as private entities, aren't bound by First Amendment guarantees, their self-descriptions as public squares creates confusion  —  The First Amendment doesn't say you can tweet whatever you want.  —  Ms. Swisher covers technology and is a contributing opinion writer.
Discussion: @waltmossberg
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
IAB and PwC: US digital ad spending was up 22% YoY in 2018, exceeding $100B for the first time, mobile ads grew 40% YoY to $69.9B, video ads grew 37% to $16.3B  —  Digital ad spending in the United States exceeding $100 billion for the first time last year, according to the latest internet advertising report …
Discussion: Ad Age, MediaPost, IAB, The Week and Adweek
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More than 100 CNN employees accept voluntary buyouts amid company-wide WarnerMedia restructuring as AT&T seeks to reduce its debt, which reached $170B in 2018  —  CNN is the latest division of AT&T's WarnerMedia to feel the effects of company-wide restructuring, with voluntary buyouts …
Discussion: Breitbart and TVNewser
Lyz Lenz / Columbia Journalism Review:
Leadership of the NewsGuild, a union representing 20K+ journalists, may change in the upcoming election, as some members say the guild has been too passive  —  On May 13, the NewsGuild-CWA will begin tallying votes for its historic presidential election.  The union, which represents …
 
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Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Federal judge rules in a case brought by the DOJ that the owner of a Washington, DC, radio station rebroadcasting Sputnik must register as foreign agent
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Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump chief of staff Mick Mulvaney has prioritized pumping up the White House's communications machine, but the daily press briefing is unlikely to return
Peter Kafka / Vox:
Sources: Amazon in talks with big US publishers about paying them to expand internationally so it can reach more shoppers with its affiliate business
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook updates its video guidelines to promote original content, loyal and engaged viewership