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5:20 AM ET, May 16, 2019

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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  —  'If you suspect political bias caused such an action to be taken against you, share your story with President Trump'
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  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed a full pardon for former media mogul Conrad Black …
Yashar's Newsletter:
Sources: Sen. Kamala Harris will not appear on Fox News for a town hall, joining Sen. Elizabeth Warren in declining to appear on the network  —  Scoop: Sen. Kamala Harris Will Not Appear On Fox News For A Town Hall  —  Presidential candidate and California Sen. Kamala Harris will not appear …
Cara Lombardo / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Gannett is likely to keep all eight seats on its board despite a takeover attempt by Digital First Media, which had proposed three nominees  —  USA Today owner's eight nominees have received significantly more support than the three put forward by Digital First
Discussion: Phoenix New Times and USA Today
Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
Because of US law, Google keeps advertisers from naming sanctioned countries as targets or exclusions in campaigns, leading to ads being served in those places  —  AS DIRECTOR OF paid search at Greenlane Marketing, a web marketing firm based in Eagleville, Pennsylvania …
Ryan Joe / AdExchanger:
AT&T's Xandr unveils Community, a video ad marketplace for WarnerMedia and other publishers to sell ads across all channels: mobile, desktop, OTT, and linear  —  AT&T's ad unit Xandr on Tuesday unveiled a publisher network called Community, which lets advertisers use Xandr data …
Discussion: Adweek, Digiday, MediaPost, Adweek and Ad Age
Laura Kiesel / Human Parts:
How the high proportion of high-ranking male editors filters the media's idea of what is newsworthy, illustrated by one story pitched by a freelancer  —  While women have made strides in media and publishing, it seems we're still often subject to the whims of men
Matt Donnelly / Variety:
Layoffs begin at the combined Disney and Fox studios, a spokesperson confirms; source says cuts were specifically affecting film staff  —  Layoffs are going down across both Disney and Fox, a spokesperson confirmed to Variety.  —  It's unclear what departments might be impacted …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Analysis shows that language in newspapers has remained fairly steady since 2000 while TV news has gotten more emotional, conversational, and argumentative  —  A deep linguistic analysis finds that newspapers today are a lot like newspapers 30 years ago.  But TV news — especially cable news …
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Bloomberg expands paid parental leave from 18 to 26 weeks for primary caregivers, double the average for US communications and finance companies  —  Bloomberg LP is expanding its parental leave policy from 18 weeks of fully-paid leave to 26 weeks, effective immediately.
Bob Fernandez / Philly.com:
As it seeks a buyer, bankrupt Reading Eagle newspaper in Reading, PA, warns it may have to lay off all 221 employees in June  —  With a bid deadline looming on Wednesday, the Reading Eagle has alerted more than 200 employees of the threat of massive layoffs.
 
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White House won't sign Christchurch Call to Action, an effort by governments and social media companies to fight online extremism, citing free speech concerns
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Univision partners with Altice USA's seven hyperlocal New York stations to produce five-minute Spanish-language newscasts twice each weekday
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
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Paresh Dave / Reuters:
Google says it will begin featuring ads on the homepage of its mobile website later this year, amid tough questions around growth
Michael Barba / The San Francisco Examiner:
Two judges who OK'ed a police raid on Bryan Carmody knew of his media role, a city supervisor says, a key issue under a California law protecting media sources
Etan Vlessing / Hollywood Reporter:
CEO Randall Stephenson says AT&T will pull popular Warner Bros. shows from streaming rivals as it launches its own streaming service later this year