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6:05 PM ET, September 14, 2018


 Top News: 
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Jemele Hill, who drew criticism when she called Trump a white supremacist on Twitter in 2017, confirms she is leaving ESPN  —  Jemele Hill, the outspoken sports journalist and commentator who took sparked a massive controversy for the Walt Disney-owned cable network when she called President Donald Trump a …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
By handing off power of fact-checking to third parties and providing no guidance, Facebook opens the door to battles like ThinkProgress vs The Weekly Standard  —  ThinkProgress vs. The Weekly Standard.  Here's a mini-saga that encompasses many of the things we argue about now.
Alexios Mantzarlis / Poynter:
A dispute between ThinkProgress and The Weekly Standard Fact Check shows weaknesses in Facebook guidelines for fact checking and dangers of partisan biases
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Transcript of conversation between Twitter's Jack Dorsey and Jay Rosen: on news, impartiality, abuse, misinformation, bad actors, and hiring an ombudsman  —  Dorsey says “we have definitely been gamed” by bad-faith actors and doesn't expect that Twitter will ever build a “perfect antidote.”
Max Mason / Financial Review:
Sources: News Corp is cutting about 30 editorial jobs across its Australian titles, including The Australian, the Herald Sun, and The Daily Telegraph  —  Share via Email  —  Post on facebook wall  —  Post to Linkedin  —  News Corporation is taking the axe to its Australian publications …
Discussion: Mumbrella
New York Times:
A look at how game apps track kids' data as a lawsuit accuses Google and Twitter ad businesses, and a popular app maker, of violating children's privacy law  —  A lawsuit by New Mexico's attorney general accuses a popular app maker, as well as online ad businesses run by Google and Twitter, of violating children's privacy law.
Eudora Wang / China Money Network:
Tencent-backed Qutoutiao, a China-based content aggregator, prices its downsized IPO at $7 per share, raising $84M and valuing the company at $2.1B  —  Chinese content aggregator Qutoutiao Inc, which is backed by the country's technology giant Tencent Holdings Ltd, is seeking to raise US$84 million …
Pete Vernon / Columbia Journalism Review:
In “Fear”, Woodward's easily identified sources are cast in a positive light and relied on for scoops despite the fact that they're not known for their honesty  —  Bob Woodward's new book, Fear, a devastating portrait of a presidency lurching from crisis to crisis, is a certified blockbuster.
Discussion: Observer and @froomkin
Frida Garza / Jezebel:
The New York Review of Books publishes a story by former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi on his experience being accused and controversially acquitted of sexual assault  —  On Friday, the New York Review of Books published “Reflections on a Hashtag,” the cover story for its October print issue …
Committee to Protect Journalists:
Killings of journalists in Pakistan decline, but so does press freedom under military restrictions; reporters who push back are attacked, threatened, arrested  —  As killings of journalists in Pakistan decline so too does press freedom, as the country's powerful military quietly, but effectively …
Lydia DePillis / CNNMoney:
During a talk, Jeff Bezos says, “it's a mistake for any elected official to attack media and journalists” and that demonizing the media is dangerous  —  Jeff Bezos defends the press against Trump  —  Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who typically tries to stay out of the political fray …
Discussion: @postroz, Mediaite and The Week
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Cherie Hu / Billboard:
MusicWatch: paid music streaming subscribers surpass 50M in US, nearly double end of 2016 numbers, with ~20M separate users sharing but not paying for access
Lars Brandle / Billboard:
A trade group for Australian music labels says total music sales rose 6% to A$195.6M in 2018's first half, with the digital sector rising 14.2% to A$162.5M
Discussion: RAIN News
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Abusive media moguls shaped a misogynistic culture with damage far beyond specific cases of sexual harassment
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Wall Street Journal:
In interview, AT&T's Randall Stephenson says he wants to shift resources to HBO and that consumer data should help inform content decisions
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Snapchat enlists 20 news partners including CNN and NBC to create Curated Our Stories, or curated stories with user-generated content in the Discover section
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Comparing The News & Observer's coverage of Hurricane Floyd in 1999 with staff of 250 to its coverage of Florence with staff of 65 and 7 nearby sister papers