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9:15 AM ET, September 10, 2019


 Top News: 
Carlos Lozada / Washington Post:
She Said by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey is an instant investigative journalism classic that details the hurdles reporters faced breaking the Weinstein story  —  Review of 'She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story that Helped Ignite a Movement' by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey
Richard Nieva / CNET:
Attorneys general from 48 states, DC, and Puerto Rico launch an antitrust probe into Google, with an initial focus on its dominance in digital advertising  —  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Monday announced an antitrust investigation into Google , with the participation of 50 attorneys general.
Nieman Lab:
Study of 100 US communities: local papers produce ~50% of original stories but account for just 25% of local outlets, as TV, radio, and online-only dominate  —  Local newspapers have always been the epicenter of local news ecosystems.  While communities may have other sources of journalism …
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Group Nine Media, owner of NowThis, Dodo, and Thrillist, raises $50M from existing investors Discovery and Axel Springer, sources say at a valuation of $600M+  —  Funding round values owner of NowThis, the Dodo and Thrillist at over $600 million  —  Group Nine Media Inc. raised …
New York Times:
Hedge fund Elliott Management takes a $3.2B stake in AT&T, questions its media ambitions in open letter, suggests sale of non-core businesses including DirecTV  —  With its $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner last year, AT&T announced to the world that it was becoming a new kind of corporate behemoth …
Tim Peterson / Digiday:
Sports publishers like theScore and betting platforms like DraftKings are waging that combining content and gambling will help retain and grow audiences  —  When it comes to editorial coverage, the sports betting market is already getting crowded.  Over the years, many sports publishers …
BBC says it will join other publishers alongside Facebook, Twitter, and Google to work on a media education campaign and early warning system for disinformation  —  Plans to help tackle so-called “fake news” have been announced by the BBC and some of the biggest names in journalism and technology.
Discussion: Press Gazette
Elaina Plott / The Atlantic:
Sources: Trump calls Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott to complain when he is unhappy with coverage, though the conversations “don't tend to go well”  —  If you're a Fox News staffer who happened to be off Twitter one Wednesday morning last month, it may well have escaped your notice …
Paul Smalera / Marker:
Medium launches Marker, a publication covering the world of business, with Paul Smalera as editor in chief  —  Ideas, investigations, and inspiration.  A new Medium publication about business.  —  Welcome to Marker!  We are a new publication focused on making you smarter about the world of business …
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Patrick Wintour / The Guardian:
UK MP committee report: the Foreign Office's media freedom campaign lacks focus, should include threat of sanctions against state actors targeting journalists
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
YouTube vowed to suspend comments on videos with kids age 13 and younger, but six months later, comments on such videos are still easy to find
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Italy-based Freeda Media raises $16M Series B led by existing investor Alven, aiming to expand its female-focused branded content to English-speaking markets
Discussion: FinSMEs
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
A look at the University of Southern California's Beacon Project, which was formed this year and pays students for investigative journalism focused on USC
 Earlier Picks: 
Michael Shermer / Skeptic:
Skeptic magazine finds John Anthony Glynn, a four-time contributor since 2016, falsified academic credentials; he published 40+ articles in 15 outlets in 2019
Ava Sirrah / Columbia Journalism Review:
Key findings from 32 interviews with staff inside branded content studios, including at NYT and WaPo, on how brands work with publishers to produce native ads
Randall Lane / Forbes:
After an outcry over there being only one woman on America's Most Innovative Leaders list, Forbes editor says its methodology was flawed and will be rethought
Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
Profile of NBC Nightly News host Lester Holt, who is the first African American to anchor a broadcast nightly news program without a white counterpart