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4:30 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 …
Sara Guaglione / MediaPost:
Executives from seven newspaper companies lobbied Congress on Tuesday for support of a bill that would let newspapers jointly negotiate with tech platforms  —  Executives from seven newspaper companies lobbied Capitol Hill yesterday to urge Congress to pass the “Journalism Competition and Preservation Act …
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 …
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
Discussion: @hernanlopez, @iboudway and @rafat
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
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.
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  —  30 years and 500 stories later, retiring correspondent Steve Kroft talks with Lesley Stahl about his “60 Minutes” career
The Atlantic:
The Atlantic acquires the strategic design firm Faire Design and will integrate it into its creative and consulting division Atlantic 57  —  The Atlantic has acquired Faire Design, a start-up strategy and design firm, and is integrating Faire's team, work, and book of business into its creative and consulting division Atlantic 57.
Discussion: Adweek and MediaPost
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 …
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  —  For the third time this year, CNN allowed political commentator David Urban to push for the passage of a trade agreement without disclosing …
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.
A look at Moscow's local government media environment and the contracts between the city and content suppliers used to drown out news and spread disinformation  —  Shortly before Sunday's elections to the Moscow City Duma, a mass of Russian-language news sites and social media accounts began posting …
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