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4:00 PM ET, May 20, 2019

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Max Willens / Digiday:
Salon's new owner, Chris Richmond, says profitability will be achieved through improved tech, operations, and better ad rates, not job cuts  —  Salon's new owners say they see an easy path to profits for the troubled news publisher.  —  On May 8, Salon Media Group disclosed in a filing …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
NBC News hires Chris Berend, head of digital video at CNN, as executive vice president of NBC News Digital, replacing Nick Ascheim  —  Chris Berend, an executive who has been overseeing digital video for CNN and helped launch Great Big Story, a streaming-video site aimed at younger audiences …
Discussion: The Wrap, MediaPost and TVNewser
Eliza Mackintosh / CNN:
A look at the multi-pronged, cross-sector approach Finland is taking to successfully fight misinformation campaigns and fake news  —  Helsinki, Finland (CNN) - On a recent afternoon in Helsinki, a group of students gathered to hear a lecture on a subject that is far from a staple in most community college curriculums.
Daniel Funke / Poynter:
Analysis of 36 fact-checking outlets finds gender disparity similar to newsrooms: 41% of fact-checkers are women, 71% of fact-checking sites are run by men  —  Independent fact-checkers are the first line of defense against misinformation.  —  They debunk fake news stories …
Discussion: @brooklynmarie
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Michael Finch II / Sacramento Bee:
McClatchy, publisher of 30 daily newspapers, posts $42M loss in Q1; advertising revenue declined 15% YoY to $85M, digital-only subscribers increased 60% to 179K  —  McClatchy's losses widened in the first quarter, the company reported Thursday, while seeing growth in its digital subscription efforts.
Michael Barba / The San Francisco Examiner:
Cal Newport / New Yorker:
The IndieWeb, a loose collective of developers and techno-utopians, aims to create alternatives to mass social media via projects like Micro.blog and Mastodon  —  In the summer of 2016, I gave a talk at a small tedx conference in northern Virginia.  I began by admitting that I've never …
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Al Jazeera says it has suspended two journalists after they published a video on its AJ+ social media service questioning the Holocaust and more  —  Images of persecution of Jews shown as narration asked ‘why is there a focus only on them?’  —  Al-Jazeera has suspended two journalists …
Laura Benshoff / WHYY:
A look at the “ghost papers” of suburban Philly, which rely on press releases and write-ups of community events to fill space formerly filled with local news  —  There's been a lot of upheaval lately in the world of local news.  Has it affected you?  Where do you go for information about your community?
Patrick Shanley / Hollywood Reporter:
Sony Interactive Entertainment has launched PlayStation Productions, a production studio to adapt the company's video game catalog for film and television  —  PlayStation Productions, headed by Asad Qizilbash and overseen by SIE chairman of Worldwide Studios Shawn Layden …
Sebastian Murdock / HuffPost:
A popular free to play game on the Apple and Google app stores included a mission, removed following publication, that asked players to gun down a journalist  —  Developers TFG Co. removed the level after HuffPost's story.  —  A game that was featured on Apple devices and gaming platform Steam included …
Frederic Filloux / Monday Note:
Interview with French entrepreneur Gilles Raymond, who founded The Signals Network, a non-profit that helps whistleblowers come forward  —  Last week, five European media published the result of a nine-month-long investigation coordinated by The Signals Network.
 
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Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Anime streaming service Crunchyroll says it is looking to expand beyond the US, breaking into Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, and Russia
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
China-based NetEase announces a partnership with Marvel to develop new original content, for China and elsewhere, including TV shows and games
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Shaya Tayefe Mohajer / Columbia Journalism Review:
Profile: The Liberator, a black newspaper published from 1900-1914 that sold the California dream to freed slaves while pushing for equality and voting rights