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8:20 AM ET, May 17, 2019


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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: @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  —  Gannett shareholders have voted to reject MNG Enterprises' board nominees, siding with the USA TODAY owner as it attempts to fend off …
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
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
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 …
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  —  According to some, the financing round for the question-and-answer platform speaks to the high valuation for virtually everything these days in the tech sector.
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 …
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  —  Or dare I say... given away?  I am the least reliable narrator when it comes to the story of my brain exploding.
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  —  For the first time, financial results for Sony Pictures Television's Crackle have been made public — and the free …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Sony Music has formed a joint venture with Adam Davidson and Laura Mayer, both veteran podcast producers, to create and distribute original podcast programming  —  Sony Music Entertainment is diving into the red-hot podcasting biz.  —  In its first move into the space …
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'
Casey Newton / The Interface:
As the definition of “bias” expands to include instances where social media users don't have the desired outcome, it's harder for platforms to say there is none
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Max Willens / Digiday:
WaPo's Arc debuts subscription tools, including a paywall and an email registration system, with plans for a tool to identify readers likely to subscribe
Discussion: Strange Attractor
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