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6:05 PM ET, September 27, 2018


 Top News: 
Andrew Roth / The Guardian:
How the investigative journalism sites Bellingcat and The Insider used tips and online search techniques to identify a Salisbury novichok poisoning suspect  —  Old-school journalism and intuition are behind success of Bellingcat and The Insider sites  —  The odds of finding …
Donnelle Eller / Des Moines Register:
Trump's allegation of Chinese election interference via “propaganda ads” refers to a clearly labeled China Daily ad supplement, akin to ones run in NYT and WaPo  —  Twice Wednesday, President Donald Trump pointed to a Chinese government-backed advertising insert in the Des Moines Register …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: federal prosecutors have opened a probe into ad buying and have begun issuing subpoenas, examining practices including rebates from media outlets  —  Investigation examines whether advertising agencies received rebates from media outlets  —  Federal prosecutors in Manhattan …
Discussion: Variety and MediaPost
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
In a rare solo news conference, Trump made clear he is never more engaged than when he is sparring with the news media that he loves to say he hates  —  Sometime after he doubted the character of George Washington ("Didn't he have a couple things in his past?"), urged a wire-service reporter …
Wallace Matthews / New York Times:
After 45 years of broadcasting matches, HBO is dropping live boxing events in 2019 following a decline in viewership  —  After 45 years, more than 1,000 fights and some of the most lucrative and controversial matches of all time, HBO is throwing in the towel on professional boxing.
Barbara Allen / Poynter:
The Oklahoman announces it has been sold to GateHouse Media and immediately lays off 37 staffers, with an estimate of 15 staffers from the newsroom  —  The Oklahoman Media Company, the state's biggest, announced today that it was being sold to GateHouse Media — and laid off 37 staffers.
Michelle Castillo / CNBC:
Facebook introduces In-Stream Reserve for companies to advertise on premium video and ThruPlay, which charges for ads only if they are viewed for 15+ seconds  —  - Facebook is adding more ways for brands to be selective about what videos and shows they advertise on, similar to programs Google offers for YouTube.
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
Business Insider to allow advertisers to buy its inventory programmatically across all of its European editions starting October  —  Business Insider is allowing advertisers to buy its inventory programmatically across all its European editions.  —  The Axel Springer-owned publisher …
Justin Milne, chairman of Australian broadcaster ABC, resigns after reports he demanded journalists be fired because the government didn't like their stories  —  ABC chairman Justin Milne has resigned after reports he demanded journalists be sacked because the government didn't like their stories.
Max Willens / Digiday:
The New York Post plans a paid membership program with extra services or experiences targeted at readers of its sports and gossip coverage for H1 2019  —  If you've ever wanted to go to a Yankees game with your favorite New York Post columnist, next year might be your chance.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Julian Assange steps down as editor of WikiLeaks but retains publisher title, appoints Icelandic journalist Kristinn Hrafnsson to replace him as EIC  —  Julian Assange has stepped aside as editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, with the group saying his departure was “due to the extraordinary circumstances” …
Discussion: The Hill, Newsweek, Gizmodo and Engadget
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Mike Elk / Payday Report:
Jacobin takes over and relaunches UK's Tribune in print; fired staffers say they agreed to a settlement of 70% of back wages in exchange for keeping their jobs
Discussion: The Guardian
Sijia Jiang / Reuters:
Leaked doc: Tencent Music had $400M in earnings in 2017 and projects $764M profit in 2018 on revenue of $3.1B; sources say it is seeking a $2B IPO next month
Discussion: TechNode
Pew Research Center:
Pew: 82% of Democrats think news media criticism keeps politicians in line, compared with 38% of Republicans, the largest difference measured in three decades
Discussion: Washington Post
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Lee Enterprises reverses course, says former Gatehouse SVP Paul McArthur won't oversee four of Lee's Montana newspapers after controversy over Twitter account
Kashmir Hill / Gizmodo:
Study: Facebook lets ads target your account using info given for security purposes, like your phone number, as well as info from your friends' address books