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4:05 PM ET, September 28, 2015


 Top News: 
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
The Daily News Layoffs and Digital Shift May Signal the Tabloid Era's End  —  When it was over and the feature page was gone, dozens of reporters had been fired and the morning assignment editor was shown the door only minutes after handing out the morning's first assignments, The Daily News …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
BuzzFeed news app to launch interview series with Presidential candidates at US colleges, will share video clips via Snapchat instead of TV  —  BuzzFeed college tour to feature Hillary Clinton  —  BuzzFeed is launching an interview series with 2016 presidential candidates …
Catalina Albeanu /
BuzzFeed launches News app for Android, including ‘do not disturb’ mode and emoji
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Poynter
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Nexstar Offers to Acquire Media General in $4.1 Billion Deal to Create TV Station Giant  —  Nexstar Broadcasting Group said Monday it has offered to acquire fellow local TV station owner Media General in a $4.1 billion deal in an attempt to stop the latter from buying Meredith Corp.
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
Slate is taking steps to reduce its page load time by 75 percent  —  About two months ago, Slate began an ambitious project: It wanted to reduce the load time of its website by 75 percent by the end of the year.  —  On average, it took about 16 seconds for Slate's entire site to load …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Politico Plans Expansion To 50 States And Major World Capitals By 2020  —  NEW YORK — Politico is planning a significant domestic and international expansion over the next five years, with ambitions to employ more political and policy journalists in Washington, Europe and across U.S. state capitals …
Ad Age:
Reader's Digest Association changes name to Trusted Media Brands to reflect its ownership of 52 websites  —  Reader's Digest Association Drops Reader's Digest From the Company Name  —  Bonnie Kintzer was running her own marketing agency in 2013 when she got a call from her old boss …
The Atlantic:
Glamour of fashion blogging masks reality of long hours and financial instability in an oversaturated market  —  The Invisible Labor of Fashion Blogging  —  Earlier this month, the biannual circus that is New York Fashion Week saw non-stop coverage on social media via Instagram, Twitter …
Discussion: Racked
Johnny Harris / Vox:
Behind El Paquete, a service that downloads and then hand delivers media content weekly in Cuba for $1-$3 a week  —  This is Cuba's Netflix, Hulu, and Spotify - all without the internet  —  In Cuba there is barely any internet.  Anything but the state-run TV channels is prohibited.
Discussion: @aimee_gust
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Ashley Highfield, CEO of Johnston Press, talks about digital news, the BBC's regional plans, and mergers and competition  —  Ashley Highfield: ‘We can find a win-win relationship with the BBC’  —  Johnston Press boss on conflicts of interest, BBC imperialism, Whittingdale's review of the corporation - and mergers
Jessica Guynn / USA Today:
Facebook making play for TV dollars with new ad products  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook is rolling out new advertising products that it says will help marketers better reach consumers on their mobile devices — and they may help Facebook make a big play for television advertising dollars.
Discussion: Multichannel News
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Jeff Jarvis / Medium:
To meet challenge posed by ad-blockers, advertising must be reformed; journalism's survival depends on it
Discussion: Digiday and Guardian
Patrick Foster / RadioTimes:
BBC economics editor Robert Peston has been offered the post of ITV's political editor, is expected to announce decision later this week
Discussion: @patrickfoster2
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Agence France-Presse:
Israel suspends officer over assault of AFP journalists on West Bank
Discussion: Associated Press
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