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9:15 AM ET, September 12, 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.
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.
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 …
Denise Petski / Deadline:
BBC News will produce an international news show for short-form video startup Quibi, to be filmed in London five days a week and launching in April 2020  —  Quibi, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman's short-form video platform, has announced a partnership with BBC News to produce …
Discussion: Variety and TechCrunch
Spotify acquires SoundBetter, a music production marketplace for artists, producers, and musicians to connect on specific projects, for an undisclosed sum  —  Spotify today took another step in its efforts to build out services for artists to help diversify itself away from a business model predicated …
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
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
Caysey Welton / Folio:
Lacking ad buy figures, a comparison of the weight of the September issues of five fashion magazines shows significant declines since 2016, notably for Elle  —  Our annual fall weigh-in reveals flat and falling numbers.  —  The story of shrinking magazines and fewer ad pages is anything but new.
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 » …
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The Wrap:
Sources: 40 people were let go from AXS TV after Mark Cuban's sale of his majority stake in the cable network and the channel HDNet Movies to Anthem Sports
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
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
Discussion: @armenketeyian
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
Discussion: Adweek and MediaPost
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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
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