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2:30 PM ET, October 8, 2018


 Top News: 
A source at the Saudi consulate in Turkey has denied that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the building  —  ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A source at Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul denied on Sunday a Reuters report which cited Turkish sources saying they believed …
Washington Post:
Turkey's Erdogan says he is following the probe into journalist Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance closely, stops short of confirming reports he has been killed  —  ISTANBUL — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that he was closely following the investigation into the disappearance …
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
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Walmart's streaming service Vudu strikes deal with MGM, under which it will create original series based on MGM's catalog of TV and film franchises  —  Streaming service also plans to launch ‘shoppable’ video ads in Q4  —  Walmart, America's biggest bricks-and-mortar retailer, is taking its first crack at original entertainment.
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Ex-White House Director of Communications Hope Hicks has been named head of corporate communications for New Fox  —  Hope Hicks, the former White House communications director who served during the chaotic first year of the Trump administration, has been named head of corporate communications for New Fox …
Daniel Holloway / Variety:
Disney taps longtime Fox executives, Peter Rice and Dana Walden, to lead non-sports TV operations; Fox's John Landgraf and Gary E. Knell also move to Disney  —  Top 21st Century Fox television executives Peter Rice, Dana Walden, John Landgraf, and Gary E. Knell are officially headed to the Magic Kingdom.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
As the smartest minds in science issue dire warnings about climate change, the press must cover the environment like it's the only story that matters  —  After a week of dire news — the certainty of our ruptured nation, the likelihood of a journalist being murdered — the United Nations' report …
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
Politico's London Playbook email newsletter has 30,000 subscribers one year in  —  Politico's daily newsletter, London Playbook, has 30,000 subscribers a year after launch, according to the company.  The quick growth in a crowded media space with political newsletters from national newspapers …
Matt Lopez / The Wrap:
Nehmat Kaur / The Wire:
Female journalists in India have accused a number of newspaper editors and reporters of sexual harassment, including Times of India Editor K.R. Sreenivas  —  New Delhi: Almost a year after the MeToo movement started with Harvey Weinstein and then expanded to Hollywood at large, India is finally experiencing its own MeToo movement.
Steven Melendez / Fast Company:
MIT/Qatar project aims to use machine learning to detect fake news sites, taking into account their content, URLs, Wikipedia pages and Twitter presence  —  Thanks to social media, it's easy to come across reporting from unfamiliar news sources around the world.
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Jon Levine / The Wrap:
CNN White House reporter Kaitlan Collins apologizes for homophobic slurs she tweeted as a college student, which recently surfaced
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Victoria Marinova, a broadcast journalist investigating alleged misuse of EU funds in local infrastructure projects, has been murdered in Bulgaria
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