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8:10 AM ET, October 19, 2018

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NBC News:
Source: Twitter suspended hundreds of accounts for violating spam rules; the accounts had posted pro-Saudi Arabia tweets about the disappearance of Khashoggi  —  Twitter became aware of some of the bots on Thursday when NBC News presented the company with evidence of coordinated activity.
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Erik Wemple / @erikwemple:
After US treasury secretary pulled out of conference in Saudi Arabia, Fox Business Network follows by announcing it will cancel sponsorship and participation
Ed Pilkington / The Guardian:
At a rally in Montana, Trump praised Greg Gianforte for assaulting Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs during Gianforte's campaign for Congress in 2017  —  President's comments at Montana rally in praise of violence against US journalist come amid international outcry over Khashoggi  —  Play Video
Sam Levin / The Guardian:
As Facebook promotes its “war room” and efforts to fight interference, a study of disinformation on WhatsApp during Brazil's election shows more could be done  —  Corporation shows off room of engineers, data scientists and other experts but offers reporters few new specifics
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New York Times:
Former FBI agent Terry Albury sentenced to 48 months after guilty plea for leaking documents linked to stories in The Intercept  —  WASHINGTON — By the time Terry J. Albury arrived in Minneapolis in 2012, about 11 years after he went to work for the F.B.I., he had grown increasingly convinced …
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Los Angeles Times:
Peter Meehan, cofounder of the defunct Lucky Peach magazine, joins the LA Times' Food staff as it expands following Jonathan Gold's death  —  Meehan will help guide editorial direction and expansion of The Times' food and dining coverage  —  The Los Angeles Times has named Peter Meehan …
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Interview with Matt DeRienzo, former executive director of Local Independent Online News Publishers, now back to newspapers with Hearst Connecticut Media Group  —  In 2014, Matt DeRienzo was the editor of the New Haven (Connecticut) Register, then owned by Digital First Media, “and I was ordered to cut half of the staff in my newsroom.
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Sheelah Kolhatkar / New Yorker:
How Sinclair's focus on small markets led to it becoming a conservative media empire, with more stations in swing states than any other company  —  The company has achieved formidable reach by focussing on small markets where its TV stations can have a big influence.
Discussion: @prichardsonla
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
A close look at the suit against Facebook on video metrics and a look back at many statements from publishers pivoting to video as Facebook touted the medium  —  “It will probably be all video.”  —  In June 2016, Nicola Mendelsohn, Facebook's VP for Europe, the Middle East and Africa …
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Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Publishers like Mic and Mashable do not blame Facebook's bad metrics for their pivot to video; ad revenue from video wasn't affected by video watch time
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
 
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Alexandra Alter / New York Times:
Penguin Random House is merging two of its units, Random House and Crown Publishing Group; Gina Centrello will lead the combined division
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
NYT defends its Gavin McInnes profile, saying that it was written in response to events in the news and addressed “his racist, sexist and xenophobic comments”
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Cheddar announces 30-minute weeknight programming on CUNY TV, an independent NY station, which will start with its regular national news followed by local news
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E. W. Scripps acquires Triton, which provides digital audience analytics and infrastructure for delivering audio for companies like NPR and Spotify, for $150M
Amanda Darrach / Columbia Journalism Review:
A look at the struggle to verify evidence in the Khashoggi case when the only sources of information have track records of political bias