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10:10 PM ET, September 23, 2017


 Top News: 
Colin Stretch / Facebook:
Facebook says it will hand over information on Russia-linked ads bought during 2016 election campaign to Congressional investigators  —  Two weeks ago, we announced we had found more than 3,000 ads addressing social and political issues that ran in the US between 2015 and 2017 and that appear …
Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
Facebook's efforts to overhaul political ads on its platform are crucial first steps, but vulnerabilities remain
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
Two Democratic senators seek co-sponsors for bill requiring digital platforms with 1M+ users to keep public files of all political $10K+ ad buys
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
New York Times insiders question whether copy desk cutbacks and digital first strategies led to a mistake laden book review  —  A deeply inaccurate book review has set off much consternation, and soul-searching, at 620 Eighth Avenue.  —  Last weekend, The New York Times's normally stately …
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
How USA Today Network, with newsrooms across the US-Mexico border, reported its “The Wall” feature: a helicopter with LIDAR camera, teams of journalists, more  —  Last October, the editor of the Arizona Republic/azcentral stood in the press pit at a presidential rally for the Republican candidate.
Discussion: USA Today and Business Insider
Ellen Pollock / The New York Times Company:
New York Times names Jim Windolf as media editor beginning September 26  —  Jim Windolf, who has led Men's Style since it was founded in 2015, will join Business Day on Sept. 26.  Read more in this note from Ellen Pollock:  —  I'm thrilled to announce that Jim Windolf will be our new media editor.
Discussion: @choire
Michelle Dean / Wired:
Profile of Snopes and how co-founder David Mikkelson's divorce led to the lawsuit about the ownership of the site and recent “Save Snopes” crowdfunding campaign  —  IT WAS EARLY March, not yet two months into the Trump administration, and the new Not-Normal was setting in …
Discussion: Longreads
Gary Baum / Hollywood Reporter:
Profile of Your News Wire, an LA-based outlet run by a couple that champions populist stories and has been a target of Snopes  —  Your News Wire, a 3-year-old website of murky facts and slippery spin, is published by Sean Adl-Tabatabai and Sinclair Treadway — a Bernie Sanders supporter in 2016 …
Jeanine Poggi / Ad Age:
BuzzFeed launches AM to DM show on Twitter on Monday, echoing traditional morning TV shows, with 60 episodes planned through the end of the year  —  Megyn Kelly isn't the only one moving to mornings next week.  BuzzFeed debuts its Twitter morning show on Monday—and it will all look a whole lot like TV, including the ads.
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
WAN-IFRA survey of 235 media executives and managers in 68 countries finds nearly 2/3 say revenues declined in past year, top area for investment is video  —  Worry is universal — but a quarter of publishers surveyed said their revenues are going up, not down.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Sleeping Giants database lists 2,900 advertisers that have blocked Breitbart since November; Breitbart EIC Alex Marlow calls the work “corporate censorship”  —  Hardly anyone paid attention last November when a strangely named Twitter account, Sleeping Giants, sent its first tweet into the digisphere.
Time Inc is looking to sell assets including Time Inc UK; warns about more-than-anticipated softness in Q3 print and ad revenues, says it received SEC subpoena  —  (Reuters) - Time Inc (TIME.N) said on Friday it was looking to sell several assets, including Time Inc UK …
Pew Research Center:
Pew study: 57% of people in US say news outlets do a good job covering science; 54% get science news from outlets that cover a range of news topics  —  A majority of Americans rely on general outlets for science news but more say specialty sources get the facts right about science
Adrianne Jeffries / The Outline:
W3C's approval of DRM for video gives the impression that the standards consortium has been captured by corporations, a view the group's CEO rejects  —  The organization that sets standards for the web just failed to beat back a stupid, greedy technology.  —  This week the World Wide Web Consortium …
Daniel Chivu / Daily Front Row:
Interview with Choire Sicha, formerly of Gawker, The Awl, and Vox Media, as he takes over as editor of The New York Times Style section  —  Five years ago, The New York Times boardroom seemed an unlikely place for a tête-à-tê te with former Gawker star Choire Sicha.
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Shara Tibken / CNET:
Misinformation hasn't gained much traction during Germany's election season so far, with false stories shared far less than during US election
Discussion: Nieman Lab
Jack Marshall / Wall Street Journal:
Google and its partners will issue refunds for ads bought through its systems that ran on websites with fake traffic
David Agren / The Guardian:
A story about a 12-year-old girl called Frida Sofia, trapped in rubble at a school in Mexico, captivated the nation but turned out to be untrue
Nieman Lab:
Media in the Middle East study: Arab nationals twice as likely as Americans to trust mass media; two-thirds get news from social media every day
Discussion: MediaShift
 Earlier Picks: 
Patricia Mazzei / Miami Herald:
How a local Puerto Rican radio station, Univision's WKAQ-AM, kept broadcasting amid Hurricane Maria, even as the roof of their studio was torn off
Maciej Ceglowski / Idle Words:
When Amazon's “frequently bought together” engine grouped potassium nitrate with sulfur and more, reporters misleadingly implied site was aiding bomb makers
Ian Crouch / New Yorker:
How TV host Jimmy Kimmel, viewed as a genial lightweight amid political figures like Colbert, brought a scathing and informed voice to health-care debate
Lucia Moses / Digiday: and BuzzSumo reports show drop-off in referral traffic and engagement for publishers via Facebook
Discussion: AdExchanger, Thanks:@amontalenti