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1:35 PM ET, October 13, 2017


 Top News: 
New York Times:
NYT updates social media guidelines, forbidding partisan opinion or offensive comments, discouraging joining private partisan groups, and more  —  The New York Times has been a dominant force on social media for years.  Our newsroom accounts have tens of millions of followers.
Michael Calderone / Politico:
NYT's Dean Baquet says org plans tougher social media policy: journalists “should not be able to say anything on social media that they cannot say” in NYT pages  —  WHAT TO DO ABOUT TWITTER: New York Times media columnist Jim Rutenberg asked colleagues on stage Thursday night …
Hollywood Reporter:
Amazon suspends Roy Price, VP of Amazon Studios and global head of Prime Video content, following harassment claim from a company producer  —  The news follows a harassment claim from one of the retail giant/streamer's top TV producers.  —  Roy Price, vp Amazon Studios and global head …
Trevor Timm / Columbia Journalism Review:
Trump's threats of government action against NBC violate the First Amendment even if he takes no action, earlier legal opinions indicate  —  Donald Trump turned his Twitter ire on NBC and the NFL this past week.  But beyond just criticizing them, Trump is threatening to punish the network …
USA Today:
USA Today launches ad-free subscriptions for $2.99/month through its iOS and Android apps  —  USA TODAY has launched an ad-free subscription option where in-app mobile readers can experience the organization's compelling storytelling and journalism without ads for $2.99 per month.
Megan Twohey / New York Times:
Interviews and internal company records show Weinstein Company may have known of settlements involving Harvey Weinstein since 2015
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Facebook statements on political ad reviewing lack clarity in some areas: review guidelines, which topics are “debatable social issues”, what varies by region  —  Nearly a year after Election Day, Facebook's role in our modern political infrastructure is finally coming into focus.
Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
Sandberg wrongly denies Facebook's role as a media company, freeing it from adhering to standards and regulations that some media companies do
Discussion: Wired and Axios
Dustin Volz / Reuters:
In an interview, Sheryl Sandberg says Facebook is committed to helping Congressional investigators publicly release Russia-linked ads and info on user targeting
WAN-IFRA World Press Trends: reader revenue now is 30% of digital revenue, 56% of newspaper revenue comes from circulation, and more  —  So what “moved the needle” for our industry during the last 12-plus months?  As analysts, journalists, or researchers, we love to identify that one defining development or trend.
Discussion: Nieman Lab
Max Willens / Digiday:
Time partners with Reddit to publish top-performing original posts flagged by Reddit staffers in an article series every Thursday  —  Time magazine has a new, formalized source of inspiration for stories.  On Oct. 12, the Time Inc. flagship is announcing an editorial partnership with Reddit …
Discussion: Upvoted and Financial Times
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey again says Twitter needs to be a “lot more transparent in our actions”, after it broke its silence on suspension of Rose McGowan
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook says it's opening up Facebook Stories to all Pages over the coming months  —  No one's posting to Facebook Stories.  Only 8 of my 2800 friends have Stories up right now, and 3 came from the new ‘cross-post from Instagram Stories’ feature.  Maybe younger or international demographics are …
Discussion: @joshconstine and @rmundragon
Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab:
MuckRock has raised $440,000 from The Knight Foundation and The Democracy Fund to expand reach, grow subscriber base, and more  —  Here's something surprising about MuckRock, the nonprofit site created to increase access to public records: While the site was founded over seven years ago …
Discussion: MuckRock
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
CastBox, a podcast player for iOS and Android, raises $16M and launches audio search feature that uses NLP, plans to release original content this year  —  More people than ever are listening to podcasts,but as they soon find out, discovering new ones is a cumbersome process that lacks …
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Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Local UK radio station buys the Oldham Evening Chronicle, a 163-year-old newspaper in Greater Manchester that closed in August, and plans to restart publication
Discussion: Insider Media Ltd
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump's threat to NBC echoes Nixon's 1973 tactics against the FCC licenses of TV stations owned by The Washington Post
Discussion: CNN