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8:05 AM ET, October 1, 2018

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H.G. Watson / JSource:
Public Policy Forum report shows the total number of newspaper articles in Canada fell by almost half in 10 years, city hall coverage has been most impacted  —  Public Policy Forum research could indicate that local newspapers are being saturated by wire service stories, rather than featuring local political coverage.
Discussion: Nieman Lab and Public Policy Forum
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed News:
Infowars host Alex Jones gatecrashed a panel at the Texas Tribune Festival with a bullhorn; livestream on secondary Infowars Twitter account only had 15K views  —  This is a very quick ‘emergency edition’ of the newsletter, live from Austin, Texas, where yesterday morning Alex Jones crashed a panel I was on …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Examining the lack of diversity among the White House press corps: The NYT, Politico, The WSJ, Reuters, and USA Today have no minority reporters covering Trump  —  The New York Times hired its seventh reporter to cover the White House last month, giving the newspaper one of the largest contingents of correspondents on the beat.
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
Dutch publisher De Correspondent says its 2017 revenue was $4.5M and 94% of it came directly from readers via membership fees, donations, and book sales  —  There are benefits of getting revenue directly from audiences.  But as Dutch subscription publisher De Correspondent is finding, that revenue comes with disclosure obligations.
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
Bloomberg Media's text-to-audio function, introduced in May, has become the second-most popular media type on its app, behind live TV  —  Bloomberg Media in May introduced a text-to-audio function in its app and online with the hunch that commuters would prefer to multitask while getting their news.
Eric Nuzum / Audio Insurgent:
Despite some worries about falling ad prices, podcasting audiences and ad budgets are growing as the medium matures and moves past the gold rush stage  —  What tulips, cryptocurrency, and bespoke home-delivered dog food can tell us about the resilience of audio and the madness of crowds
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Tow Center study of digital adaption in local news: Google's reach, from AMP to ads, is pervasive, 12% of outlets don't have a website, 80% have a Facebook page  —  So you want to support local news.  But can you even find the subscribe button on the Daily Planet's clunky website to do so?
 
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