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7:00 PM ET, May 24, 2019

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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The Assange indictment criminalizes some basic functions of newsgathering, sending a message to others that national security journalism is possibly criminal  —  For decades, journalists have received and published government secrets in the public interest with the protection of the First Amendment.
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Washington Post:
US prosecutors charge Julian Assange with violating the Espionage Act in an indictment that says he “repeatedly encouraged” sources to steal government secrets
Pew Research Center:
Study: analysis of 17 national news outlets shows images accompanying stories on Facebook show men twice as often as women, most photos exclusively show men  —  Photos that exclusively show men make up the majority of photos that show people; representational differences persist across topics
Discussion: Nieman Lab and @arreglalo
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
Interview with GateHouse SVP of News Bill Church as the company makes another round of layoffs while also promising to hire for investigative reporting  —  Today's editorial managers find themselves in the lemonade business.  Their assembly line of lemons keeps gaining speed …
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Benjamin Goggin / Business Insider:
GateHouse Media cuts jobs for the second time in 2019; CEO of its parent company says the changes could affect about 200 people and are a small restructuring
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
WSJ closes commenting to non-subscribers to improve its comment section; raises commenting time from 48 hours to four days after story publication  —  The Wall Street Journal has introduced a new comments strategy in order to drive a higher quality of debate on its site and improve the experience for subscribers.
Discussion: @digiday and @whatthebit
Bryan Menegus / Gizmodo:
Facebook decides to let the misleading Nancy Pelosi video remain on its platform indefinitely, but with a fact check, says it will limit the video's reach  —  Nancy Pelosi, the 79-year-old speaker of the House of Representatives, has been a frequent target for President Donald Trump and his political allies.
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Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
A distorted video of Speaker Pelosi, in which her speech is made to appear slurred, has 2M+ views on Facebook; YouTube says it has removed uploads of the video
Guy Rosen / Facebook:
Facebook releases an update on enforcing its community standards, saying it banned 2.19B fake accounts in Q1 2019, up from 1.2B in Q4 2018  —  Today, we're publishing our third Community Standards Enforcement Report, covering Q4 2018 and Q1 2019.  This report adds a few additional data points:
Jem Aswad / Variety:
Rolling Stones to assign songwriter Richard Ashcroft royalties for the 1997 song Bitter Sweet Symphony; Keith Richards and Mick Jagger to receive writing credit  —  Nearly 22 years after the Verve's “Bittersweet Symphony” was released, the Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger and Keith Richards …
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Apple unveils Privacy Preserving Ad Click Attribution, aimed at preserving user privacy without reducing effectiveness of ads, coming soon to Safari  —  For years, the web has been largely free thanks to online ads.  The problem is that nobody likes them.  When they're not obnoxiously taking …
Discussion: AdExchanger
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Sources: Harvey Weinstein and his former studio's board members reach a tentative $44M deal to resolve lawsuits by women who accused him of sexual misconduct  —  Harvey Weinstein and his former studio's board members have reached a tentative $44 million deal to resolve lawsuits by women …
Axios:
Filing: Refinery29 is looking to raise up to $20M in convertible debt; source: $8M raised so far is from existing backers including Stripes Group, WarnerMedia  —  Refinery29, the venture-backed digital media company focused on millennial women, is looking to raise up to $20 million in new funding, according to an SEC filing.
 
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Bill Bowden / Arkansas Democrat-Gazette:
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette's publisher says he may spend $12M to give Apple iPads to print subscribers converting to digital, hopes to convert all by end of 2019
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
CNN to air its first ever comedy special, featuring Colin Quinn's Off-Broadway play Red State Blue State, on Memorial Day
Discussion: Poynter
Washington Post:
San Francisco police's claim that Bryan Carmody was suspected of leaking a police report is an attempt to criminalize legitimate newsgathering
 Earlier Picks: 
Kali Hays / WWD:
Fortune's 27 digital staffers unionize with NewsGuild after a vote forced by management showed a majority in favor; the group makes up 60% of editorial staff
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Twitter permanently bans Brian and Ed Krassenstein, who frequently shared anti-Trump sentiments, alleging they ran fake accounts and purchased fake interactions
Columbia Journalism Review:
A newly released report on DOJ's subpoena of AP phone records in 2013 shows that DOJ also considered subpoenaing phone records of WaPo, NYT, and ABC
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Jay Fielden is out as Esquire editor in chief after three years as part of a reshuffling under Hearst Magazine President Troy Young