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9:55 PM ET, October 21, 2018


 Top News: 
Christine Wang / CNBC:
Saudi Arabia confirms journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed, says his death followed a fight at consulate and 18 people have been detained  —  Missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead, Saudi Arabia's general prosecutor said early Saturday morning local time.
The Guardian:
UK, France, Germany issue joint statement, say Saudis need to provide credible facts about Khashoggi's death; Turkey will release investigation details on Tue.  —  Joint statement from UK, France and Germany says Riyadh needs to urgently clarify what happened to journalist
Patrick Hipes / Deadline:
Richard Parsons resigns as CBS board member and chairman, citing complications in his fight with myeloma; board appoints Strauss Zelnick as interim chairman  —  Richard Parsons has resigned from the CBS Corp board of directors, including his role as interim chairman which he undertook …
Discussion: New York Times and The Daily Beast
Jim VandeHei / Axios:
To fight “fake news”, news outlets should ban reporters from doing anything on social media beyond sharing stories; snark and blatant opinion reduce trust  —  While speaking at my alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, I was asked by several students how to restore faith and trust in media.
Eric Johnson / Recode:
Q&A with Matt Taibbi on releasing his serialized book The Fairway via email subscription, the media's over-coverage of Trump, and reporting from Russia  —  Taibbi says the difference between the campaign and today is “we replaced a million hours of Trump with a million hours of ‘Trump is bad.’”
Discussion: @perlberg
Ruth Spencer / The Cut:
Interview with Robbie Kaplan, who is representing the creator of the Shitty Media Men list, Moira Donegan, in her defense against writer Stephen Elliott  —  On Monday, renowned attorney and Time's Up legal-defense fund co-founder Robbie Kaplan announced that she'd be representing Shitty Media …
The Ferret:
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has pulled out of the News Xchange 2018 conference in Edinburgh after BBC invited Steve Bannon as a speaker  —  First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has pulled out of an Edinburgh conference after learning that former Trump strategist, Steve Bannon, has been invited to speak.
Discussion: HuffPost UK and The Guardian
Jay Rosen / The Correspondent:
Jay Rosen interviews Nienke Venema of SDM, a Correspondent investor granted veto power to ensure the outlet remains ad-free and committed to its 5% profit cap  —  In my recent post, What The Correspondent will add to the American press, I explained in detail why I decided to work …
Kevin Rawlinson / The Guardian:
UK to let producers like Netflix bid for £60M fund, taken originally from BBC budget to pay for rural broadband, to create children's TV, more  —  Government plans to give private firms public money that came from BBC budget  —  Private media firms such as Netflix and Amazon …
New York Times:
Sources: Saudis groomed a Twitter employee to spy on accounts of dissidents; he was investigated and fired in Dec. 2015 after Western intelligence warnings  —  Each morning, Jamal Khashoggi would check his phone to discover what fresh hell had been unleashed while he was sleeping.
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Editor Chris Quinn on's approach to covering crime: fewer mugshots, not always naming perpetrators, and formulating a right-to-be-forgotten policy  —  When you hear the phrase “right to be forgotten,” you may think of the European Union, where right-to-be-forgotten regulations …
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Simon Owens / Medium:
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Samanth Subramanian / The Guardian:
Profile of Miqdaad Versi, who monitors British media and lodges formal complaints with UK's regulator IPSO about the errors, distortions, and Islamophobia
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The Financial Times details a new recommendation and tracking tool that it hopes it will increase revenue by up to £1.5M per year
Discussion: @ahmed
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Nicholas Thompson / Wired:
Interview with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on free speech, filter bubbles, the chronological feed, and more