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5:30 AM ET, May 22, 2019

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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Vice Media Hires Cory Haik, formerly publisher of Mic and former executive director of emerging news products at The Washington Post, as chief digital officer  —  Vice Media has recruited Cory Haik, former publisher of digital news start-up Mic, as chief digital officer to lead the youth-culture company's global internet businesses.
Discussion: @katiedrumm, Adweek and @niketa
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
How ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro, who took over in March 2018, is betting on ESPN+, expanding social media offerings, and steering commentary away from politics  —  When the 2019 NFL draft took over downtown Nashville last month, ESPN became a city within the city, with more than 600 staffers …
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Thomas Peele / Mercury News:
Judge orders return of San Francisco journalist Bryan Carmody's equipment, delays consideration of legal questions about the search until June  —  News organizations and free press advocates around the country reacted with outrage to the raid on television reporter Bryan Carmody's home
Brandy Zadrozny / NBC News:
As platforms struggle to contain health misinformation, two women infiltrate private Facebook groups to find and report posts about dangerous “cures” for autism  —  Online groups urge parents to poison autistic kids with chlorine dioxide, a form of bleach, to “cure” them.
Andrew R. Chow / TIME:
Georgia hosted 455 film and TV productions in 2018, but some workers fear a loss of jobs after some directors pull projects to protest an anti-abortion bill  —  This week, the director Reed Morano was supposed to fly to Georgia to scout locations for a new show for Amazon Studios called The Power.
The Guardian:
After backlash, Google to require abortion services advertisers in the US, UK, and Ireland to declare in their ads whether or not they provide abortions  —  Announcement comes after Guardian revealed Google gave $150,000 in free ads to opaque anti-abortion group
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Al Jazeera is planning to launch a cross-platform business vertical called AJ Impact with 10 full-time staffers to start  —  Al Jazeera is planning to launch a cross-platform business vertical called AJ Impact, executives tell Axios.  It will feature original reporting from Al Jazeera journalists worldwide …
Discussion: Axios, @ahmed and Talking Biz News
Columbia Journalism Review:
Secretly recorded video of Austria's vice chancellor expressing desire to limit media freedoms underscores months-long threat to Austrian media  —  On Friday, May 17, the German newspaper, Süddeutsche Zeitung, published a secretly recorded video.  In it, Austria's vice chancellor …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Study: despite News Feed changes, “junk news” from known sources of disinformation in EU get 1.2x-4x the engagement of professional news sources on Facebook  —  A study carried out by academics at Oxford University to investigate how junk news is being shared on social media …
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple updated Apple News+ in iOS 12.3 and macOS 10.14.5 to let subscribers follow publications directly from the News+ catalog  —  Apple today released a press statement featuring Apple News+ (Apple News Plus) following its initial debut in March with iOS 12.2.
Discussion: MacRumors, CNET and AppleInsider
 
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James Walker / Press Gazette:
Channel 4 News blocked from Brexit Party events following the outlet's investigation into the funding of party leader Nigel Farage
openDemocracy:
Insiders say Facebook and Google pressured EU's expert group on disinformation to soften fake news regulations and avoid discussing their abuse of market power
Tony Rehagen / Columbia Journalism Review:
A look at the Action Network, founded by former ESPN EIC Chad Millman, which focuses on sports gambling, providing scores, news, and more
New York Times:
Analysis: in 2019, Trump has far outspent individual Democratic candidates on Facebook ads, with a total spend of $4.9M, as he returns to his 2016 strategy
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Media Matters report: Fox News' top hosts have made a combined $500K+ from speaking engagements at Republican and conservative groups while at the network
Michael Calderone / Politico:
Newsrooms are seeking to avoid the mistakes of 2016 when covering the crowded Democratic presidential field, engaging with every candidate and staffing up
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Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EFF launches TOSsed Out, a project to highlight how content moderation by platforms, whether automated or by human intervention, unfairly bans people
The Daily Beast:
Sources: Fox News host Pete Hegseth had multiple private conversations with Trump since January, asking him to pardon US servicemen convicted of war crimes
Eric Johnson / Vox:
Hulu CEO Randy Freer says ~60% of users still come on board for its ad-supported service, but Hulu plans to start promoting its more expensive ad-free version
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: ByteDance, owner of TikTok, is developing a paid music service via a new app it expects to debut as early as this fall, mostly in emerging markets
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Professional gamer Tfue sues esports org FaZe Clan over allegedly “oppressive” contract, says FaZe violates CA law by acting as an unlicensed talent agency
Don Seiffert / Boston Business Journal:
Boston Globe digital subscribers surpassed weekday print subs for the first time earlier this year, likely making it the first regional US daily to have done so