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4:30 PM ET, November 1, 2015


 Top News: 
ESPN Media Zone:
ESPN suspends publication of Grantland, effective immediately  —  ESPN Statement Regarding Grantland  —  Effective immediately we are suspending the publication of Grantland.  After careful consideration, we have decided to direct our time and energy going forward to projects that we believe …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Grantland's journalistic innovations: a focus on the “so what” and “now what” of news, and writers who roamed across subject areas  —  Why Grantland mattered to journalism  —  ESPN shut down Grantland, its boutique sports and pop culture site, on Friday.
Discussion: @jayrosen_nyu
Jonathan Lansner / Orange County Register:
Freedom Communications, owner of Orange County Register, files for bankruptcy, second time in 6 years; CEO Rich Mirman, local investors hope to gain control  —  With bankruptcy filing, local group bids for ownership of Freedom Communications  —  Freedom Communications Inc. …
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Instagram Builds Its Own Version of Snapchat Live Stories  —  Instagram is taking cues from Snapchat and Twitter with its latest update — curated content streams for specific events, in this case, Halloween.  —  If you open the Instagram app in the U.S. on Saturday, you'll see a new prompt …
Ellen Barry / New York Times:
2 Men Who Published Writings Critical of Extremism Are Stabbed in Bangladesh  —  NEW DELHI — Two businessmen who had published the works of Avijit Roy, a Bangladeshi-American known for his critical writings on religious extremism, were stabbed on Saturday by groups of men in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, the police said.
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Harvard's Law School Library is digitizing more than 40M pages of legal decisions, free access to the entire collection to be available online in 2017  —  Harvard Law Library Readies Trove of Decisions for Digital Age  —  Shelves of law books are an august symbol of legal practice …
Discussion: TeleRead, Beyond Search and Techdirt
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Critics question LA Times' funding its education reporting through foundations, including charter-school advocate The Broad Foundation  —  Foundations fund L.A. Times' education reporting.  A conflict?  —  The Los Angeles Times announced what seemed like good news for its readers in August …
James Warren / Poynter:   Los Angeles Times buyout offer prompts 15 percent of newsroom to raise their hands
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Twitter's TV Commercial Is Just Like Twitter: Full of Content That's a Little Hard to Follow  —  Twitter's TV Commercial Is Just Like Twitter: Full of Content That's a Little Hard to Follow  —  Twitter has a new television commercial that perfectly sums up Twitter.
Discussion: CNET, BBC, Engadget, The Next Web and Adweek
Simon Houpt / Globe and Mail:
Rogers is pulling premium fashion magazine Flare from newsstands next year, says that channel isn't effective for reaching younger readers  —  Rogers pulling Flare magazine from newsstands next year  —  Flare magazine, one of Canada's premium fashion monthlies aimed at millennials …
Discussion: Canadian Magazines
Chialun Huang / World News Publishing Focus by WAN-IFRA:
French documentary website Spicee has attracted 800 subscribers in its first four months, 35% are under 30, 20% outside of France  —  Vice with virtue, new documentary website Spicee takes off in Paris  —  It was 7 pm on a recent Friday evening in Paris.  The small, crowded office of Spicee …
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Newspapers taken over in Turkey are printing again, and they're now pro-government  —  A protester holding a placard demonstrates across the street from the headquarters of a media company in Istanbul, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015.  Police in Istanbul have carried out a dawn raid at the building …
Discussion: Guardian
Desmond Butler / Associated Press:
Editors from around the world urge Turkey to protect media
Discussion: Agence France-Presse
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
Forget short attention spans, The Economist is going long on digital video  —  While most publishers are trying to figure out how to get video shorter to distribute on platforms like Facebook and Snapchat, The Economist is betting on a long-form approach.  —  Its 4-month-old …
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