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12:45 PM ET, May 17, 2019


 Top News: 
Damian Carrington / The Guardian:
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
Digital First Media's bid for Gannett may have failed this time, but industry executives continue to say they expect mergers among the big newspaper chains  —  This hostile takeover didn't work out.  But the thinking of industry executives remains dominated by the inevitable merging of America's big newspaper chains.
Discussion: New York Post and @dfmworkers
Nathan Bomey / USA Today:
Gannett shareholders voted to reject board nominees put forth by MNG Enterprises, also called Digital First Media and backed by Alden Global Capital
Yoolim Lee / Bloomberg:
London-based TI Media, formerly called Time Inc UK, sells its music magazines NME and Uncut to Singapore's BandLab Technologies  —  BandLab Technologies, a Singapore-based social music platform, has agreed to acquire British music magazines NME and Uncut from TI Media for an undisclosed amount to expand its global music media business.
Discussion: Press Gazette
Tom Maxwell / Digiday:
9to5, the network of sites including 9to5Mac, 9to5Google, DroneDJ, and Electrek, now averages 40M monthly views, employs 20 full time staff, and is profitable  —  In an effort to go beyond Apple news and scoops, 9to5 is making a play into other verticals.  —  9to5, the network of news sites …
Paul Wallbank / Mumbrella:
Internal email: News Corp says it has passed 500K paid digital subscribers in Australia, eight years after it launched a paywall for The Australian  —  News Corp says it has passed the 500,000 paid digital subscribers milestone in Australia.  —  News Corp Australia's executive chairman …
Discussion: Mediaweek
Knight Foundation:
Survey of 4K+ college students: 45% don't have much confidence in the media to report news accurately, and 14% don't trust it at all  —  Views on free speech versus promoting an inclusive society sharply divide based on gender, race, sexual orientation, political affiliation and religion
Discussion: @lorelleespinosa
Ryan Gallagher / The Intercept:
Three French journalists faced government interrogation, and now possibly jail time, after using a secret document to report on France's ties to the Yemen war  —  Journalists in France are facing potential jail sentences in an unprecedented case over their handling of secret documents detailing …
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Spotify starts testing Car Thing, a voice-controlled smart assistant device for cars, with some Premium users in US  —  To learn how people consume audio in their car  —  Spotify will begin publicly testing its first hardware today: a voice-controlled smart assistant for cars …
Louisa Thomas / New Yorker:
Q&A with sportswriter Jackie MacMullan on covering the NBA as a woman, social media, and how relationships between journalists and players have changed  —  When Jackie MacMullan joined the Boston Globe as an intern in the news department, in 1982, the N.B.A. was just beginning its ascent …
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Forum Communications announces a deal to acquire Minnesota's Rochester Post Bulletin from Small Newspaper Group
Discussion: @alex_veeneman and NewsCut
Theodore Schleifer / Vox:
Sources: Quora, which has 300M+ MAUs, is raising a $60M round led by Valor Equity Partners at a valuation of $2B, and told investors it had $20M in 2018 revenue
Drew Magary / The Concourse:
Deadspin columnist and GQ correspondent Drew Magary recounts his near-death experience with a subdural hematoma and his struggle with recovery
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Crackle, sold by Sony Pictures to CSS Entertainment in March, reports revenue of $11M and operating profit of $3.5M in Q1; sources say it was burning cash
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Eric Beech / Reuters:
Trump signs full pardon for former media mogul Conrad Black, who was convicted in 2007 of fraud and obstruction of justice and spent 3.5 years in prison
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
White House launches tool to solicit information from people who had social media accounts suspended or banned and who suspect political bias behind the actions