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3:05 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.
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.
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.’”
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 to 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 …
Discussion: GOV.UK
Simon Owens / Medium:
An interview with the executive producer of Slate Live on choosing venues and cities, setting ticket prices, what separates live shows from recordings, and more  —  While it seems like every publisher, from The New York Times to Vox, is making significant investments in podcasting …
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  —  For three years, Miqdaad Versi has waged a quixotic - and always scrupulously courteous - campaign against the endless errors and distortions in news about British Muslims.
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 …
New York Times:
Social platforms are relying on journalists as unpaid content moderators to address misinformation on their sites, even with all the tools at their disposal  —  Social platforms have a responsibility to address misinformation as a systemic problem, instead of reacting to case after case.
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Caroline Scott /
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
Sarah Sluis / AdExchanger:
Q&A with Bloomberg Media's global chief revenue officer Keith Grossman on the pub's digital media strategy, Twitter, TicToc, advertising, subscriptions, more
Nicholas Thompson / Wired:
Interview with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on free speech, filter bubbles, the chronological feed, and more
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