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12:20 AM ET, October 19, 2015


 Top News: 
Jonathan Mahler / New York Times:
Interview with Mark Bowden and Seymour Hersh on covering Osama bin Laden's death, and how competing agendas create contrasting narratives on official stories  —  What Do We Really Know About Osama bin Laden's Death? … Mark Bowden was watching a ballgame — the Phillies versus the Mets …
Mark Bowden / Vanity Fair:
The New York Times Magazine's suggestion that The Finish is fabricated has no factual basis  —  There's Just One Problem with Those Bin Laden Conspiracy Theories  —  They have no factual basis, despite what you may have read in The New York Times Magazine, argues the reporter who pieced together …
Matt Rosoff / Business Insider:
Some VCs, appearing defensive, dismiss WSJ's reporting on Theranos, but should actually welcome investigative journalism  —  Some tech investors sure seem to be getting defensive lately ...  Nobody likes to be questioned.  —  But lately, some of Silicon Valley's big tech investors seem …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Sources: YouTube readying programming that will be exclusive to its upcoming subscription service, will announce some of it at an event in Los Angeles Oct. 21  —  YouTube Will Make You Pay to See Some of Its New Videos  —  Coming to YouTube: Videos you'll need to pay to see.
New York Times:
As it expands globally, Netflix faces increasing competition and demand for local-language programming  —  Netflix Faces Challengers in Its Push to Expand Globally  —  At first glance, Miguel Díez Ferreira would seem to make an ideal customer for Netflix.
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
After the success of recent collaborations with Huffington Post and Gawker, the Intercept is considering working with other newsrooms to broaden its reach  —  The Intercept mulls working with other newsrooms to maximize its impact … Readers who glanced at The Huffington Post's homepage Thursday morning …
Meagan Doll / MediaShift:
Q&A with Northwestern University professor Josh Meyer on the challenges and opportunities of reporting on national security  —  How Medill is Teaching National Security in the Classroom and Beyond  —  Alongside more traditional news beats, Northwestern University professor Josh Meyer …
Erin Carroll / Columbia Journalism Review:
FOIA “expedited processing” provision for media often ignored, reflects widening disconnect between government and media  —  Why FOIA's speed clause is broken  —  In August of 2013, the Associated Press made a straightforward records request to the State Department.
Discussion: @cjr and @mmcauliff
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Atlantic's April redesign has tripled click-through rates, increased time spent on native ads to over four minutes, surpassing industry average  —  How The Atlantic gets people to spend more than 4 minutes on its native ads  —  The Atlantic took a user-friendly approach when it redesigned …
Adrienne Lafrance / The Atlantic:
Inside efforts to resurrect a Pulitzer-nominated 34-part story eight years after it disappeared from the web  —  Raiders of the Lost Web  —  The web, as it appears at any one moment, is a phantasmagoria.  It's not a place in any reliable sense of the word.  It is not a repository.  It is not a library.
Discussion: The Content Strategist, NPR and Digg
David Bauder / Associated Press:
CBS refuses to run advertising for Truth, a film about a 2004 discredited 60 Minutes report  —  CBS bans advertising for critical film  —  CBS bans advertising for critical film CBS has refused to run advertising for “Truth,” the film starring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford that revisits …
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Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
How hyperlocal news site Hoodline fuses data scraping bots with traditional journalism to cover 24 neighborhoods in San Francisco
Lauren Johnson / Adweek:
Time Inc. Is in Talks to Buy Jane Pratt's Millennial-Focused xoJane
Discussion: Media Wire Daily
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
BBC Launches Japanese Language News Site To Extend Its Global Advertising Reach
Discussion: Marketing Interactive and BBC
Brendan Klinkenberg / BuzzFeed:
Vine's last remaining co-founder at Twitter, Rus Yusupov, among those laid off this week
 Earlier Picks: 
Alex Spence / Politico:
FT editor says Japanese owners assure editorial independence
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Mirror to cut 28 staff as sport and news production teams pooled
Joseph Ax / Reuters:
Google book-scanning project legal, says U.S. appeals court