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2:40 PM ET, September 28, 2018


 Top News: 
Aaron Williams / Washington Post:
A comparison of the lower-third chyrons displayed on MSNBC, CNN, and Fox during the Kavanaugh-Ford hearing sheds light on how they interpreted it  —  As Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford gave their testimony in a hearing that spanned more than six hours on Thursday …
Discussion: @blewis2080
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 …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Kavanaugh hearings were a rare collective civic moment as every major network suspended regular coverage and people called C-SPAN to share their reactions  —  The Senate testimony of Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh unspooled over nearly nine hours on Thursday …
Discussion: Politico, CNN, Washington Post and CNNMoney
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)
Aisha Hassan / Quartz:
Spotify confirms test where it sent emails to some of its Premium for Family users asking them to prove their home address via GPS or lose access to the plan  —  Spotify recently sent an email to some of its “Premium for Family” account users in the US that asked them to confirm their home address through GPS data.
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Print readers don't migrate online and read much more content than online ones, according to a study of The Independent's audience after it went online-only  —  A new study of The Independent's 2016 shift to online-only finds that its print readership didn't move to digital when the newspaper did.
H.G. Watson / JSource:
Refinery29 is launching a Canadian version headquartered in Toronto in October with former Chatelaine editor-in-chief Carley Fortune as executive editor  —  Former Chatelaine editor-in-chief Carley Fortune will lead the Canadian edition.  —  Another American outlet is making inroads into Canada.
Discussion: @shannonhodgen and @carleyfortune
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Proxy statement: compensation for top executives at Meredith rises over 30% this year after company's purchase of Time Inc.  —  Meredith top brass, who have laid off hundreds since snapping up Time Inc. for $2.8 billion in January, are rewarding themselves generously with compensation jumping over 30 percent this year.
Murray Stassen / Music Business Worldwide:
A look at the many ways Apple's Shazam acquisition, the app's data on its 150M users, and its R&D team can bolster Apple Music in its fight against Spotify  —  The MBW Review offers our take on some of the music biz's biggest recent goings-on.  This time, Murray Stassen takes a gander …
Discussion: TechNode
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: SoftBank and KKR plan to invest in Jinri Toutiao parent company Bytedance as it seeks to raise $3B in its latest round at a valuation of ~$75B  —  Bytedance, owner of China's most popular news-aggregation app, is looking to raise $3 billion  —  Global investors including SoftBank …
Discussion: @wsj
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Barbara Allen / Poynter:
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