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2:40 PM ET, October 24, 2017


 Top News: 
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Facebook testing News Feed change in six countries, moving non-promoted posts from Pages to a secondary feed, decreasing engagement for some media  —  New system could destroy smaller publishers if implemented, after journalists report drop in organic reach - but users will still see their friends' posts
Colin Lecher / The Verge:
Facebook announces News Feed guidelines for publishers, mostly codifying current rules, with few changes to policies  —  In an attempt to provide more transparency on how Facebook's News Feed ranks content, the company today announced a new set of guidelines for publishers.
Discussion: Facebook, Adweek, TechCrunch and Engadget
Adam Mosseri / Facebook Media:
Facebook says its News Feed test is about emphasis of personal stories, no plans to expand to more countries or ask publishers to pay for all distribution  —  There have been a number of reports about a test we're running in Sri Lanka, Bolivia, Slovakia, Serbia, Guatemala, and Cambodia.
Matthew Garrahan / Financial Times:
Former assistant to Harvey Weinstein, Zelda Perkins, describes the grueling settlement process after harassment claim with Miramax, when it was owned by Disney  —  Nineteen years ago this month, Zelda Perkins walked out of Miramax's London offices on Brewer Street in Soho for the last time and went …
Megan Twohey / New York Times:
NY AG Eric Schneiderman opens civil rights inquiry into Weinstein Company, examining allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment, subpoenas documents
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins is leaving to run Sony Television and will be replaced by Fox executive Randy Freer  —  Mike Hopkins is leaving the streaming service, replaced by Randy Freer.  —  Hulu, the streaming video service owned by several big media companies, is replacing its CEO: Mike Hopkins …
Maxwell Tani / Business Insider:
Memo: BuzzFeed's Chief People Officer Lenke Taylor addresses harassment allegations, after some staffers appear on circulating “Shitty Media Men” list  —  - BuzzFeed sent a note to its employees affirming its commitment to fighting sexual harassment following the release of the “Sh—
Andy Kroll / Mother Jones:
Profile of Sinclair Broadcasting, its ties to Trump and how it will increase its reach from 40% to 72% of US homes when its deal to acquire Tribune closes  —  One evening in July, David Smith, the executive chairman of Sinclair Broadcast Group, strolled into the newsroom at WJLA …
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Profile of three-year-old Adams Publishing Group, which has acquired 100+ small town community papers in at least 15 separate deals  —  As family owners of newspapers are deciding in waves to exit the difficult industry, many of them are finding a new and eager suitor — the secretive Adams Publishing Group.
Discussion: @rickedmonds, @poynter and @raju
Kimberly Pierceall / Virginian-Pilot:
Parent of Virginian-Pilot reducing staff of 543 by ~10% with buyouts, weighs outsourcing newsroom print design  —  In the face of a continuing decline in print revenue, the publisher of The Virginian-Pilot announced Monday that the company would offer voluntary buyouts to its most veteran employees …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
comScore: traffic to conservative digital media sites had declined in past year, with Breitbart and Drudge Report down 20%+, and Daily Caller down 48%  —  Some of the biggest names in conservative digital media are seeing big traffic declines over the past year, according to comScore data pulled by Activate and Axios.
Discussion: @noahcrothman, @ajs and @mlcalderone
Andrew Higgins / New York Times:
A look at the fallout from journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia's murder, which was Malta's sixth car bombing case in two years, all of which remain unsolved  —  VALLETTA, Malta — The blast from the bomb planted in the rented Peugeot of Malta's best-known investigative journalist was so powerful …
Discussion: @timobrien
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Callum Borchers / Washington Post:
Greta Van Susteren is volunteering as a contributor on Voice of America, the government funded news outlet which covers US affairs for foreign audiences
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Jackie Strause / Hollywood Reporter:
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