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12:45 AM ET, September 28, 2018

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Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox News fires contributor Kevin Jackson after tweets calling Kavanaugh accusers “lying skanks” and criticizing Christine Blasey Ford's appearance  —  Kevin Jackson said that Christine Blasey Ford should stop “opening her legs.”  —  Radio host and Fox News contributor Kevin Jackson referred …
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Columbia Journalism Review:
The effects of the media pursuit of Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford show the urgent need for journalists to examine their own behavior and ethics  —  Professor Christine Blasey Ford testifies on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Jim Bourg-Pool/Getty Images)
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
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 …
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.
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Sources: media startup Tech In Asia, which runs a blog and events business in Southeast Asia, laid off a third of its staff in July after canceling planned ICO  —  Earlier this month, media startup Tech In Asia surprised its readers when it announced plans to implement an $18 per month paywall.
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” …
 
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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
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
Business Insider to allow advertisers to buy its inventory programmatically across all of its European editions starting October
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
AAP:
Justin Milne, chairman of Australian broadcaster ABC, resigns after reports he demanded journalists be fired because the government didn't like their stories
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