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4:15 PM ET, September 25, 2018


 Top News: 
Mathew Ingram / Columbia Journalism Review:
Inside an investigation of an execution video by the BBC's Eye on Africa, which used a Twitter thread with video, images, and animations to tell the story  —  Digital media has made it easier than ever for malicious actors to distribute fake news, including video, but at the same time …
Janice Min, the former co-president of The Hollywood Reporter, is joining Jeffrey Katzenberg's mobile video startup NewTV  —  Janice Min, the former co-president of The Hollywood Reporter, is joining Jeffrey Katzenberg's mobile video startup NewTV.  —  Min, the former US Weekly editor …
Jason Schwartz / Politico:
The New Yorker has faced criticism, mainly from Fox News and other conservative news outlets, over its story on Judge Kavanaugh's latest accuser  —  The magazine faced questions from conservative and mainstream outlets about the lack of corroborating eye-witnesses to support a new claim about Kavanaugh's college behavior.
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:
Facebook removes 12+ partisan pages used by fake accounts to spam 30M+ fans with links to, founded and still partially owned by Laura Ingraham  —  Facebook has removed over a dozen American hyperpartisan liberal and conservative pages with more than 30 million combined fans …
Cara Buckley / @caranyt:
110 New York Review of Books contributors sign letter protesting firing of Editor Ian Buruma, claiming it was an “abandonment” of NYRB's central mission  —  1/ Just received email of letter from 110 NYRB contributors protesting firing of Ian Buruma “His dismissal in these circumstances strikes us as an abandonment of the central mission of the Review, which is the free exploration of ideas.”
John Williams / New York Times:
New York Review of Books publisher Rea Hederman says Ghomeshi essay appeared to “downplay” experience of victims and that editorial processes were not followed  —  The New York Review of Books issued a statement on Monday addressing the sudden departure of its editor last week …
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Amazon, which uses Wikipedia as a source for answers on Alexa, donates $1M to the Wikimedia Endowment  —  Back in March, we asked the question “Are corporations that use Wikipedia giving back?”  The answer was kind of, sort of, with one key exception, noting, “Apple, Facebook …
Bryn Elise Sandberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: Hollywood producers have complained to the Producers Guild against Netflix, over its practice of giving its execs EP credits on films and shows  —  With frustrations building in the creative community, the streaming service has quietly softened its unusual crediting practice …
Discussion: @thrmattbelloni and TV Tattle
Ken Werner, president of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, will retire from his role at the end of the year  —  by , Nellie Andreeva tip and , Denise Petski  —  Ken Werner, a TV veteran and one of the most seasoned syndication executives in the business, will retire at the end …
Hollywood Reporter:
Source: CBS News management intends to select Jeff Fager's replacement at “60 Minutes” by the end of September; Exec Editor Bill Owens is favorite among staff  —  The internal bake-off to succeed the newsmagazine chief is heating up, with Bill Owens and Susan Zirinsky eyed as candidates for the exec producer role.
Discussion: @jeremymbarr
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Publishers including Washington Post, NowThis, Mic, Vice, Cheddar are embedding voter registration links in election coverage on Snapchat via “swipe up” option  —  Snapchat is a college favorite more than high school phenomenon.  Only 20 percent of Snapchat's US users are under 18 …
Nicholas Quah / Vulture:
Over 1.4M people downloaded each of the first two episodes of Serial Season 3 within 14 hours of them going online, making it the podcast's biggest debut yet  —  When Serial returned with its highly anticipated third season last Thursday, dropping two episodes to kick off an ambitious journey …
Discussion: Nieman Lab, Fortune and The A.V. Club
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Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix will be streaming Part 2 of Making A Murderer on October 19; Part 1 spawned a wave of scripted and unscripted true crime shows
Discussion: The Week and Engadget
Ronnie Ramos / Indianapolis Star:
Ronnie Ramos, Editor of The Indianapolis Star, apologizes for a cartoon in Sunday's print edition which mocked Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford
Stewart Clarke / Variety:
Comcast has bought 30%+ shares in European pay-TV service Sky and says it is seeking to buy more before its takeover deadline
Discussion: Bloomberg and Barron's Online
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
The 10" HD screen Echo Show will offer support for Hulu when it ships next month, and Amazon says the first gen Echo Show will also support Hulu live streaming
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Ryan Broderick / BuzzFeed:
Right-wing sites funded by Russia's Internet Research Agency were used to target /r/The_Donald subreddit where the sites' stories were shared thousands of times
Discussion: The Verge
Aisha Hassan / Quartz:
Spotify and team up to offer users playlists based on DNA test results; generator to select tracks from ancestral cultures and listening habits
Julianne Escobedo Shepherd / Jezebel:
Five women describe emotional abuse, manipulation, and gaslighting by Mic writer Jack Smith IV; Mic says it found no evidence of improper behavior by him at Mic
Michael Sheetz / CNBC:
Satellite radio company SiriusXM to acquire music streaming service Pandora in a $3.5B all-stock deal
Nellie Bowles / New York Times:
Julia Angwin and Jeff Larson are starting The Markup, a news site to cover big tech using data science, with a $20M gift from Craig Newmark and other funding