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5:00 AM ET, September 26, 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 …
Will Oremus / Slate:
Sources at media outlets say they're seeing little to no ad revenue from Apple News despite huge traffic growth  —  The world's most valuable company is wooing the media with a human touch and a huge audience.  One thing it hasn't delivered: money.  —  In the years leading up to the 2016 U.S. election …
Bill Chappell / NPR:
Amazon taps Hannah Storm and Andrea Kremer as the first all-female team to call NFL games, as one of four audio options for games streamed to Prime subscribers  —  Hannah Storm and Andrea Kremer will become the first female announcing team to cover an NFL game this Thursday …
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
WaPo to expand its Arc publishing platform as a subscriptions tool sold to others, then as an ad network, aiming to own infrastructure in a similar play as AWS  —  It is increasingly the tech stack of choice for major news publishers.  But now Arc wants to be the backbone of your digital advertising and subscriptions, too.
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
A close look at USAReally, a pro-Kremlin, pro-Trump site with overt Russian ties and frequent links on the /r/the_donald subreddit as it depicts a declining US  —  To an untrained eye, USAReally might look like any other fledgling news organization vying for attention in a crowded media landscape.
Erica Sweeney / Marketing Dive:
Magna US ad spending forecast for 2018: digital ad spending will grow 16% to $106B, OTT TV will increase 40% to $2B, and linear TV spending will grow 1%  —  Dive Brief:  — Ad spending on over-the-top (OTT) TV is expected to increase 40% to $2 billion in 2018, according to a fall update to Magna's U.S. ad forecasts for 2018.
Discussion: MAGNA, Axios and @marketingdive
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 …
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 …
Former Facebook content moderator sues the company for allegedly failing to protect her and others as they viewed violent videos and images, says it led to PTSD  —  In the class action lawsuit, the woman says that thousands of content moderators are subjected to “highly toxic” content as part of the job.
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
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Anne Davies / The Guardian:
How the culture of News Corp might change under Lachlan Murdoch, who is said to be more conservative than his father but has a different management style
Ken Werner, president of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, will retire from his role at the end of the year
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
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Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
The News Media Association, which represents British newspapers including The Guardian, has called on the UK govt to levy a tax on tech giants to fund the press