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9:15 AM ET, October 9, 2015


 Top News: 
Mother Jones:
How Mother Jones won a defamation lawsuit filed by GOP super PAC donor Frank VanderSloot and his company, Melaleuca Inc.  —  We Were Sued By A Billionaire Political Donor.  We Won.  Here's What Happened.  —  Today we are happy to announce a monumental legal victory for Mother Jones …
Peter Sterne / Politico:
As Gawker traffic stalls, writers told to work faster  —  “Traffic is flat,” Gawker Media's acting executive editor John Cook wrote in a memo to staff on Wednesday.  “In prior iterations of this organization, that fact would have served as evidence of an abject editorial failure.”
Discussion: @digiday
Barton Gellman / The Century Foundation:
Purdue University deletes video of keynote speech about national security journalism because it included classified documents related to Snowden leaks  —  Scholarship, Security, and ‘Spillage’ on Campus  —  This is an adventure in classified speech at an academic conference.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Twitter announces new offering for automatically matching 6-second ads to publishers' videos; Twitter takes 30% of revenue, with publisher retaining 70%  —  Twitter's Video Ad Strategy Now Looks Like YouTube's Ad Strategy  —  Earlier this week, Twitter showed off Moments, a new way of organizing content on the social network.
Sam Stecklow / The Awl:
How Aggrego's Sun Times Network, which tried to cover 70 cities through aggregation, led to the slow decline of the Chicago Sun Times' reputation  —  The Chicago End-Times  —  Sometime between early February and late May, the proprietor of a yoga studio read a “Best Yoga Studios” …
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
What Gannett gets by getting bigger and why newspaper consolidation will continue  —  For three different reasons, Gannett's surprise acquisition Wednesday of Journal Media (the former Scripps papers and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel) makes a lot of sense:  — In the era of digital transformation, bigger is better.
Discussion: New York Times and Florida Today
Brendan James / International Business Times:
Some digital journalists are embracing unions, but not the terms of old newspaper contracts  —  Unions Wage Turf Battle For Millennial Newsrooms, But What Will A New Labor Look Like?  —  For all the think pieces written about disruption in new media, not one “thought leader” …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix raises price of most popular plan to $10 a month in US, Canada, and Latin America for new customers, existing customers see no increase for 12 months  —  Netflix Hikes Price of Standard Streaming Plan to $10 per Month  —  Increase for new subscribers in U.S., Canada and Latin America follows 10% price rise in Europe
Robin Pogrebin / New York Times:
Art media properties controlled by Peter Brant, including Art in America and ARTnews, to be consolidated online at  —  Peter Brant to Consolidate Art Media Properties at  —  The art media properties controlled by Peter Brant, including the century-old magazine Art …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Tribune Media puts Tribune Tower, headquarters of the Chicago Tribune, up for sale  —  Tribune Tower is up for sale  —  Tribune Tower, the iconic headquarters of the Chicago Tribune, is on the market.  Tribune Media, the owner of the 36-story Michigan Avenue landmark …
Piya Sinha-Roy / Reuters:
InStyle to send branded cardboard VR headsets to subscribers for its November 360-degree cover  —  InStyle, Jaunt VR target fashion audience with virtual reality cover  —  As makers of virtual reality content get ready to enter the mass market next year, one company is hoping to appeal …
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Roy J. Harris Jr / Poynter:
The story behind Spotlight, the movie chronicling the Boston Globe's work to expose sex abuse in the Catholic church
Discussion: @poynter
Todd Spangler / Variety:
HBO to Launch Standalone Streaming Service in Latin America, Caribbean
Martin Vacher / Spotify:
Discover Weekly reaches one billion tracks streamed in 10 weeks
Discussion: Billboard, RAIN News and BuzzFeed
John Plunkett / Guardian:
BBC rules out funding digital radio switchover
Discussion: Politico
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Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab:
Tasneem Raja, digital editor of NPR's Code Switch, talks about the race and culture beat, using Twitter to shape stories, launching a potential podcast, more
Discussion: @justinnxt
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Enhanced Harry Potter ebooks with animated or interactive illustrations and pop-up annotations released for Apple iBooks
Colin Dwyer / NPR:
Belarusian Journalist Svetlana Alexievich Wins Literature Nobel