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11:15 PM ET, September 22, 2015

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Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
Los Angeles Times memo fails to ease layoff fears  —  If the editor of The Los Angeles Times was hoping to temper his staff's fears about impending layoffs, the memo he sent on Tuesday didn't do the trick.  —  “We need to accelerate our evolution,” Davan Maharaj wrote — a promising message …
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Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Tribune Publishing pleads its case with investors; share price falls further  —  Tribune Publishing hosted a brief “investor update” call Tuesday, making more explicit its earlier statements that the Los Angeles Times was under-performing financially and dragging down company-wide results.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Facebook ramps up its Instant Articles as Washington Post says it will publish all of its articles on Facebook and over a dozen new publishers join  —  Facebook Ramps Up Its Instant Articles, and the Washington Post Is All In  —  Last spring Facebook started hosting stories from the New York Times …
Jane Martinson / Guardian:
Al-Jazeera to cut 800-1,000 jobs worldwide as oil prices fall; Al-Jazeera America expected to be protected  —  Al-Jazeera expected to cut hundreds of jobs  —  Surprise move could mark a reduction in state commitment to Qatari-owned media group amid falling oil prices
Discussion: @jamesrbuk and mUmBRELLA
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Source: Google acquired Oyster's tech, discovery tools, and editorial content, including literary magazine The Oyster Review, but not its publisher contracts  —  Google's grab of Oyster suggests ebooks, like news, are becoming “content” read on big platforms
George Gene Gustines / New York Times:
Ta-Nehisi Coates to Write Black Panther Comic for Marvel  —  Ta-Nehisi Coates can be identified in many ways: as a national correspondent for The Atlantic, as an author and, as of this month, as a nominee for the National Book Award's nonfiction prize.  But Mr. Coates also has a not-so-secret identity …
Jack Murtha / Columbia Journalism Review:
Columbia J-School launches Columbia Global Reports, a longform, non-fiction publisher of works averaging 25K words in length  —  Could a university be the savior longform journalism has been looking for?  —  The relationship between academia and journalism had not always been cozy.
Hadas Gold / On Media:
Buzzfeed, denied credentials for pope visit, calls it ‘retaliation’ for previous coverage  —  <p>Buzzfeed has been blocked from covering the Pope's visit to the United States, Buzzfeed claims in a letter to officials in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. </p><p>The <a href="http …
Shareen Pathak / Digiday:
Bloomberg head of global digital video, Paul Marcum, takes on new role as president of Truffle Pig, the ad agency created by Snapchat, Daily Mail, and WPP  —  Bloomberg exec Paul Marcum joins agency Truffle Pig as president: ‘A transformative time in the industry’  —  Paul Marcum has hit the trifecta.
Discussion: @digiday and Talking Biz News
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Complex, a network of pop culture magazines, raises $21M from Hearst  —  Another Old Media-New Media Bet: Hearst Invests $21 Million in Dude-Centric Complex  —  Big media companies have lots of cash.  But they're worried that won't help them if they can't find new audiences.
 
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Clare Swanson / Publishers Weekly:
Paul Slavin named president of Open Road Integrated Media, reports to cofounder Jane Friedman
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Tony Maglio / The Wrap:
Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs' Revolt TV Names Derek Ferguson COO
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Patrick Foster / RadioTimes:
RadioTimes poll of 9,000 readers shows 91% support the BBC license fee
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
VICE has invested heavily in coverage of the prison system, with a HBO documentary and more than 50 pieces to be published in coming weeks
Glenn Peoples / Billboard:
RIAA finds streaming revenues grow 23.2%, downloads fall 4%, vinyl sales grow 51.3%, in first half of 2015
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Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Simple.tv to launch ShowDrive, a cloud DVR to store/stream up to 1K hours of TV, in UK within weeks, cost £1/month for 100 hours, £5/month for 1K hours
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