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8:55 PM ET, September 11, 2019


 Top News: 
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Express, The Washington Post's free weekday paper for commuters, will close after 16 years on Thursday due to its financial condition; 20 journalists laid off  —  Express, the free newspaper published weekdays by The Washington Post for Metro riders and other commuters, will shut down on Thursday …
Wendy Lee / Los Angeles Times:
Profile of Dawn Ostroff, Spotify's chief content officer, as the company invests heavily in podcasts to gain an edge over rivals  —  When Dawn Ostroff began working the graveyard shift at a Miami radio station, her parents assumed her career in radio would be short-lived.
The Information:
Internal Facebook memo: editors for an upcoming news tab will exercise significant control over top stories, including judging the use of anonymous sources  —  Facebook has said repeatedly that it isn't in the journalism business, but a team of human editors responsible for an upcoming news initiative …
P R Sanjai / Bloomberg:
Apple says its TV+ streaming service will cost ~$1.40/month in India when it launches on November 1, undercutting both Netflix and Amazon  —  - Price undercuts Netflix, Amazon as OTT competition intensifies  — Apple TV includes original content, ‘thousands’ of films
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Apple TV+ will launch on November 1 for $4.99/month in 100 countries; customers get one year free with the purchase of an Apple device
Emily Tamkin / Columbia Journalism Review:
Interview with CNN's Daniel Dale, who says it's important to correct Trump falsehoods, intentional or unintentional, because he's consistently wrong on details  —  In June, CNN hired Daniel Dale, a reporter who had become—to the extent possible for reporters—famous, specifically for fact-checking.
Natalie Beach / The Cut:
The story of a ghostwriter for Instagram influencer Caroline Calloway, writing captions as real-time memoir, polishing book chapters, and imagining another life  —  The author (right) with Caroline Calloway Photo: Courtesy of Natalie Beach  —  When I was a sophomore in college …
Ira Boudway / Bloomberg:
The Athletic will make its first foray into ad-supported content with a daily in-depth sports podcast called “The Lead”, launching later this month  —  - The sports subscription site is launching a free daily podcast  — New show is a joint production with podcast publisher Wondery
460+ journalists at Le Monde sign a letter demanding a guarantee of editorial independence by granting them a right of approval for new controlling shareholders  —  Publié hier à 12h22, mis à jour à 09h31 … TRIBUNEMore than 460 journalists at « Le Monde » …
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Interview with WWE co-president George Barrios about the WWE Network, on integrating free content with paid, and its plans for a premium subscription  —  The moment Disney bet its streaming future on BAMTech was when WWE executives knew they'd have to make big changes to WWE Network, the company's subscription video service.
Nicholas Diakopoulos / Columbia Journalism Review:
Apple News Top Stories and Trending Stories audit: 20% of sources account for ~80% of articles; only 8.3% of articles in Top Stories were by local/regional pubs  —  On April 23, a federal judge in Oregon blocked the enforcement of a new rule banning abortion referrals at taxpayer-funded women's health clinics.
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
The producers and stars of the TV drama Bones settle their lawsuits with 20th Century Fox's studio over the disbursement of profits  —  Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Barry Josephson, and Kathy Reichs take a lucrative settlement after scoring an arbitration award that slammed Fox's “reprehensible” fraud.
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Lesley Stahl / CBS News:
Interview with Steve Kroft, who retired as 60 Minutes correspondent in May, on leaving a 30-year career with the news magazine and his most memorable stories
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Eric Hananoki / Media Matters for America:
For the third time this year, David Urban discussed the USMCA trade deal on CNN without it being disclosed that he's being paid to lobby for the measure
The Atlantic:
The Atlantic acquires the strategic design firm Faire Design and will integrate it into its creative and consulting division Atlantic 57
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Michael Shepherd / Bangor Daily News:
Comcast, Fox, CBS, Disney sue Maine and 17 municipalities, saying US law preempts a state law set to take effect Sept. 19 meant to protect a la carte cable TV