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Inside Media (May 3rd, 2019)

1. The New Orleans Advocate has purchased The Times-Picayune and nola.com. Though The Times-Picayune wasn't for sale, the paper says in its coverage of the transaction that after discussions between Advocate owners John and Dathel Georges and T-P owners Advance Local, a deal was struck to combine the publications. On the news of the sale, media Twitter worried that layoffs would follow, and that was soon confirmed by T-P sports writer Andrew Lopez, who tweeted "today sucks. As of now, my colleagues and I at The Times-Picayune are out of jobs. Some of us will be lucky enough to work for The Advocate. Most of us won’t." - THE ADVOCATE

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2. Verizon is seeking a buyer for Tumblr. The once-thriving platform was sold to Yahoo in May of 2013 for $1.1 billion and was part of Verizon's $4.5 billion purchase of the company's media assets in 2017. It's home to 465.5 million blogs and 172 billion posts, it says, but Verizon doesn't want any of them, first choking off traffic with an adult content ban, then approaching potentially interested parties in an attempt to unload the property. So far, only one name is out there as interested, however: Pornhub, the VP of which is “extremely interested” in snapping Tumblr up "to one day restore it to its former glory with NSFW content.” As of Friday morning, however, Verizon has declined to comment on a possible sale to the self-described "world's leading free porn site." - BUZZFEED

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3. Follow Friday: Julia Carrie Wong and Lois Beckett. Something very exciting started going down Thursday between Beckett, a senior reporter at The Guardian's West Coast bureau, and Wong, a senior technology reporter at the same publication! First, Beckett tweeted "[monocole emoji*] When someone responds to your edit with: 'good notes! i shall try to take them into account'" AND THEN Wong embedded Beckett's tweet and responded with the same emoji, and the words "when someone responds to your response to an edit with a subtweet." !?!?!

People say that all of life is high school, and if they're right, Twitter is arguably the school cafeteria. So, based on this interaction, alone, it looks like the captain of the football team is having a tussle with the star quarterback. I can't wait to see what happens next! (Wait, in football is the captain also the quarterback? I'm from Indiana, I should have used a basketball analogy, that's my game. But you know what I mean.)

*I call it the Mr. Peanut, which I guess makes me a slave to Planters branding.

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4. Journalist and author Jacob Silverman says that the media industry's reliance on freelancers is killing it. In a piece entitled "Down and Out in the Gig Economy," Silverman (who also wrote "Social Media and the Price of Constant Connection" and was a three-time "Jeopardy" champ) says that there is "nothing to make freelancers think they are doing anything but churning out generic, news-pegged content" and details numerous disappointments he's experienced in his career. Reading his account, it's hard not to wonder where the problem lies - is it him, or the industry? After you read his essay, hit reply on this email and let me know what you think. - NEW REPUBLIC

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5. Professional photographers are ticked at Adobe's recent "experiment" hiding its $10/monthly Photoshop plan from website visitors. Of the effort, pro shooter Tony Northrup says that the next tier up, a $20/monthly subscription, is too pricey for beginners (or freelancers). - CNET

6. On Thursday, Facebook banned commentators like Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos, and Laura Loomer, as well as Louis Farrakhan, Paul Nehlen, and Joseph Watson. The move was intended to demonstrate the social network's tougher stance against hate speech, and in a statement, Facebook said it would also be banning other accounts and pages associated with the controversial figures. - AXIOS

7. "CBS This Morning" has reportedly solidified its lineup for the coming season. Gayle King will be its main anchor, joined by Anthony Mason and Tony Dokoupil. - DEADLINE

8. Adweek has promoted some familiar staffers to new roles. Lisa Granatstein, who came aboard as ME in 2011 and Stephanie Paterik, another ME who joined Adweek in 2015, will become the pub's new editorial co-leaders. - FOLIO:

9. An analysis of De Correspondent's Dutch-language coverage suggests that its English arm (that's the one with the "The") could leave a lot to be desired. Everything the pub does can "be found in various forms across many American news sites," Laura Hazard Owen writes, and "nearly twice as many stories were written by men than by women, and the coverage areas tended to fall along stereotypical gender lines as well." - NIEMAN LAB

10. The One Free Press Coalition has released its newest "10 Most Urgent" list, which details journalists in peril. Members of the coalition, which include the AP, the Financial Times, HuffPost and Reuters, say that the list serves to make sure "people don't forget" about these cases. - CNN

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Eve Batey, who pens Inside San Francisco and Inside Media for you five days a week, is a writer, editor, and consultant based in San Francisco. You can find her on Instagram at @evelb, or email her at eve@inside.com.

Editing team: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside); Susmita Baral (senior editor at Inside, who runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram); and David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology).

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