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11:10 AM ET, October 7, 2018


 Top News: 
Kareem Fahim / Washington Post:
Sources: Turkey concludes that Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist who disappeared after entering Istanbul's Saudi consulate, was killed by 15-member Saudi team  —  ISTANBUL — Turkey has concluded that Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent journalist from Saudi Arabia, was killed in the Saudi Consulate …
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Tech firms strongly refute Bloomberg's story on Chinese spies installing chips into motherboards; story shows the difficulty of reporting on national security  —  Today's bombshell Bloomberg story has the internet split: either the story is right, and reporters have uncovered one of the largest …
Laura Wagner / Deadspin:
Q&A with Der Spiegel's Antje Windmann on convincing soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo's rape accuser to speak and why non-sports media was slow to pick up the story  —  In April 2017, German newsmagazine Der Spiegel reported that Cristiano Ronaldo in 2010 reached a $375,000 settlement …
Discussion: Associated Press and Variety
Molly McKew / Wired:
Tracing the “information terrorists” who fuel conspiracy theories and battles from Gamergate and QAnon to attacks on Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford  —  The network architecture built in Gamergate helped propel Trump to the presidency and fuel conspiracies like Pizzagate and QAnon.
Nausicaa Renner / Columbia Journalism Review:
A year after the Weinstein investigation, journalists grapple with how to cover men accused of sexual misconduct as they reenter the public life  —  It's been a year since The New York Times and The New Yorker broke news of Harvey Weinstein's sexual assaults against women and the attempts he made to cover up his actions.
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Survey: among 38 outlets, WSJ is the most trusted news org with 57.7% of the vote; the six least trusted are partisan sites; 13% of respondents don't trust any  —  About 13 percent of Americans don't trust any news outlet at all.  (They went 2-to-1 for Trump in 2016.)
Salvador Hernandez / BuzzFeed News:
Minnesota's NBC affiliate fired reporter Jim Bunner after he wore a MAGA hat while covering a Trump rally for the station, citing a policy violation  —  A reporter for an NBC affiliate in Minnesota was fired Friday, one day after he was spotted wearing a “Make America Great Again” …
Eric Johnson / Recode:
Radhika Jones on VF's role in the celebrity-industrial complex, the importance of access, and the shift in editors' concerns for the economics of publishing  —  Everything is changing, which means there's never been a better time for a “new establishment,” Jones says on Recode Media.
Tim Peterson / Digiday:
The Walt Disney Company says it has invested in mobile entertainment app HQ Trivia's parent company Intermedia Labs via its accelerator program  —  The Walt Disney Company has invested in mobile entertainment app HQ Trivia's parent company Intermedia Labs, according to a source with knowledge of the deal.
Siobhan O'Connor / Medium:
Medium expects to spend nearly $5M in 2018 paying commissioned and Partner Program writers for their work  —  We're investing heavily in editorial and the Partner Program  —  As many of you have noticed, we've been building out a team of editors and curators at Medium over the last several months.
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Reed Richardson / FAIR:
NYT's apology for giving Kavanaugh article to Bazelon highlights the absurdity of the idea that people with expertise can't have opinions for objectivity's sake
Marisa Fernandez / Axios:
Poll of 2,200 US adults reveals ~60% rarely or never read Trump's tweets, only 15% read them very often, those who do read them are more likely to be Democrats
Sarah Marsh / The Guardian:
Retailer Topshop abruptly canceled a partnership with Penguin featuring a collection of feminist writing; Topshop apologized and donated £25K to charity Girl Up
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Jack Sullivan / CommonWealth Magazine:
Sources: Boston Herald, bought by Digital First Media in February, lays off about 20 staffers, including at least two photographers and five on sports copy desk