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3:35 PM ET, September 21, 2018


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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:
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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Facebook says it is reviewing its policies on white supremacy, white nationalism, and white separatism after a backlash from civil rights groups  —  “Facebook ignores centuries of history, legal precedent, and expert scholarship that all establish that white nationalism and white separatism are white supremacy."
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 …
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  —  Kirsten Danis, who has been managing editor of The Marshall Project since 2015, is becoming deputy Metro editor for investigations.
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.
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  —  If France could stop misinformation, could the U.S.?  —  A newly-translated-to-English report reflects on how the country handled misinformation …
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  —  For $4.99 per month, ESPN+ offers a range of sports programming; doesn't offer live ESPN channels  —  ESPN said it has signed up more than one million paying subscribers …
Matthew Belloni / Hollywood Reporter:
Interview with Disney CEO Bob Iger about Disney's upcoming streaming service, ESPN's politics problem, and how #MeToo changed the company
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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
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Jon Reid / Bloomberg BNA:
NYT sues FCC for records that NYT alleges may reveal Russian government interference in FCC's comment period before rollback of Obama-era net neutrality rules
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Hulu rolling out an updated web interface designed for watching shows on a computer that shows more options and controls
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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
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