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9:25 PM ET, September 21, 2018

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The Daily Beast:
Sources detail Andy Lack's mishandling of sexual misconduct allegations at Sony Music and how he and other NBC News execs mishandled #metoo stories and cases  —  A Sony executive who sent porn to women at work.  An alleged harasser who reviewed NBC's Weinstein story.
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: as financial pressures rise, Mic Network is considering an acquisition offer from a media company, among other strategic options  —  Mic Network board met last week to consider offer, as financial pressures mount  —  Digital publisher Mic Network is considering an acquisition offer …
David Beard / Poynter:
How Golf Digest helped to free a wrongfully convicted man who spent 27 years in prison after he wrote the magazine about his collection of golf course drawings  —  The Poynter Institute's Morning Mediawire breaks down and delivers the most important stories you need to start your day.
David Beard / Poynter:
After BuzzFeed's cuts to its audio team and Panoply's exit from podcast content, creators re-evaluate podcast revenue potential and audience measurement  —  Moving from one shiny object to another: “Everybody wants a ‘Serial,’ but nobody wants to spend ‘Serial’ money,” says one veteran podcast editor.
Joe Mandese / MediaPost:
U.S. Ad Market Expands 6.1% In First Half, 2018 Poised To Break $200 Billion Mark  —  U.S. ad spending is expanding at a higher rate than anticipated — jumping 5.8% in the second quarter after rising 6.5% in the first quarter — and is now on pace to reach a new all-time high for full-year 2018 …
Discussion: Ad Age, AdExchanger and TVWeek.com
Howard R. Gold / Columbia Journalism Review:
Ten years after the Recession, journalists acknowledge missing the big story tying subprime housing loans to complex derivatives, but say they learned lessons  —  Lehman Brothers headquarters on September 15, 2008.  Photo: Robert Scoble via flickr.  —  Ten years ago, Lehman Brothers …
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
PayPal says it has banned all Infowars-related sites for promoting hate or discriminatory intolerance against certain communities and religions  —  PayPal will no longer do business with Infowars, according to a post on the conspiracy theory site this morning.
Variety:
Sources: NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt to meet with NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke to work out an exit plan, departure may come as late as May 2019  —  Bob Greenblatt is preparing to leave his post as NBC Entertainment chairman after leading the network's turnaround during the past eight years.
Angela Giuffrida / The Guardian:
Italian state broadcaster Rai has nominated journalist Marcello Foa as its president for the second time; Foa has often shared stories proven fake  —  Appointment of Marcello Foa to head Rai looking more likely after Berlusconi drops opposition  —  The board of the Italian state broadcaster …
Discussion: ANSA.it
Allison Jackson / Agence France-Presse:
Thirteen journalists have been killed in Afghanistan in 2018, the highest number killed in the country in a single year since the start of the war  —  Moments after Afghan journalist Samim Faramarz wrapped up his live report on the latest suicide attack in Kabul, a car bomb exploded just metres away …
Discussion: @jerometaylor
Veronica Villafañe / Media Moves:
Cox Media Group announces the sale of Mundo Hispánico to Mundo Hispano Digital Network, a tech-focused media company created to target the US Latino community  —  Mundo Hispánico has new owners.  Cox Media Group sold the Atlanta-based Spanish language weekly paper …
 
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Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Report on how France handled misinformation and document leaks ahead of its 2017 election offers recommendations to governments, media, and civic organizations
Jordan Cohen / The New York Times Company:
The New York Times hires Kirsten Danis, who has been the managing editor of The Marshall Project since 2015, as the deputy Metro editor for investigations
Motherboard:
Facebook says it is reviewing its policies on white supremacy, white nationalism, and white separatism after a backlash from civil rights groups
D. Victoria Baranetsky / Columbia Journalism Review:
Study on data journalism: threat of Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and other penalties hinder stories and restrict info; denial of access rises with FOIA requests
Discussion: Editor & Publisher
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
How the nonprofit Carolina Public Press has shown slow, steady growth from its start in 2011 covering western North Carolina to statewide coverage now
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Ed Pilkington / The Guardian:
Ian Buruma, who left the NYRB on Wednesday, says he stepped down due to social media hounding and pressure from academic advertisers
Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal:
ESPN says it has signed up more than 1M paying subscribers for ESPN+, its $4.99 a month streaming service launched in April
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify says it will now allow indie artists to directly upload their music to the service; the upload feature is debuting in beta on an invite-only basis in US