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11:45 AM ET, November 17, 2017


 Top News: 
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Axios raises $20M to fund newsroom expansion, plans to increase staffing to 150 by the end of 2018  —  The 10-month-old media startup plans to increase staffing to 150 by the end of 2018, develop new coverage areas, and expand its data analysis and product offerings
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Report: Mashable has agreed to sell itself to Ziff Davis for around $50M, a fraction of the site's $250M valuation less than two years ago  —  Digital-media firm Mashable has clinched a sale for the company — and it's not for a price that founder Pete Cashmore or investors including Turner were looking for.
Sources: Comcast has approached 21st Century Fox to express interest in buying some major assets  —  Comcast has approached 21st Century Fox and expressed interest in an acquisition of some of Fox's assets, sources say.  —  Comcast is interested in the same set of assets that Disney approached Fox about.
The Daily Beast:
Freedom of the Press Foundation plans to stop routing funds to WikiLeaks after funneling $500K in donations over 5 years; Xeni Jardin left group in December  —  In the heat of the presidential election campaign last year, Xeni Jardin, a journalist and free speech advocate, developed a sickening feeling about WikiLeaks.
Sean Illing / Vox:
New study finds China uses “cheerleading”, or flooding the internet with positive news in order to eclipse bad news, as a method to manipulate its population  —  Now Russia is following China's blueprint.  —  The art of suppressing dissent has been perfected over the years by authoritarian governments.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: BuzzFeed to miss 2017 revenue target by 15%-20%, and 2018 IPO looks unlikely; Vice Media is also expected to miss its revenue target  —  Prospects for a 2018 initial public offering by the high-profile publisher now appear remote  —  Digital publisher BuzzFeed is on track to miss …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook rebrands Mentions, which was only available for verified accounts, as Creator app, opens it to all; app available on iOS now, and Android within months  —  Facebook wants to turn mindless, passive video consumption into “time well spent,” and now it's giving social media stars …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Twitter says it will monitor verified users' offline behavior and remove verification badges if behavior is inconsistent with its rules  —  What losing a badge really means  —  Twitter's announcement yesterday that it would begin removing verification badges from some accounts had an immediate impact …
The Guardian:
David Folkenflik / NPR:
As NPR reviews sexual harassment allegations, Roger LaMay announces he's stepping down as board chair, chief news editor David Sweeney is placed on paid leave  —  As NPR's Board of Directors meet in Washington, D.C., this week, the network finds itself confronted by a series of dispiriting developments …
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Meredith has submitted a bid for Time Inc. in the $17-$20/share range, valuing Time at almost $2B; stock rose 28% on Thursday  —  Price would value Time Inc.'s equity at almost $2 billion  —  Meredith Corp. MDP 10.51% has made a takeover bid for storied magazine publisher Time Inc …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Ted Johnson / Variety:
In a 3-2 vote, FCC rolls back longstanding media ownership rules, including regulation blocking broadcasters from owning a newspaper in the same market  —  WASHINGTON — Broadcasters will be allowed to combine with a newspaper in the same market, and could be allowed to own two of the top four stations …
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Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Knight releases a report on its decade of funding the Knight News Challenge and announces $4.5M in new funding for eight previous winners
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Marc Fisher / Washington Post:
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