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11:00 AM ET, September 16, 2019


 Top News: 
Washington Post:
The dearth of TikTok videos on Hong Kong protests offers a glimpse of how China could shape the perception of real-world events by US and global audiences  —  Hong Kong unrest features prominently on most social media, but not on TikTok  —  A search for “#hongkong” on Twitter reveals …
What's New in Publishing:
A look at TopBuzz, the English version of ByteDance's Chinese AI-powered news aggregator Toutiao, that rose from 1.8M MAUs in Nov. 2017 to 23M MAUs by Oct. 2018  —  The MIT Technology Review called it “the insanely popular Chinese news app that you've never heard of.”
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
New York Times gets heavily criticized over a now-deleted tweet that described sexual assault as “harmless fun”  —  New York Times has reported on a new instance of alleged sexual misconduct by Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh, but the paper has getting a lot of flak …
Wall Street Journal:
As AT&T's CEO plans to retire, AT&T's TV business keeps declining, the Time Warner integration looks shaky, and now an activist shareholder pushes for changes  —  Plans by CEO Randall Stephenson to leave the helm to a longtime ally triggered the threat of a proxy fight by an aggressive Wall Street activist investor
Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
Filing: Endeavor, Ari Emanuel's entertainment company, seeks to raise $600M+ at a valuation of ~$8B in its IPO  —  The entertainment company's IPO is now expected this fall.  —  Endeavor hopes to raise $600 million-plus in its initial public offering, according to a filing with the Securities …
Online News Association:
2019 Online Journalism Awards announced: winners include WSJ, ProPublica, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, NYT, WaPo, The Seattle Times, Univision, and CNN  —  New Orleans, Louisiana — Impressive digital journalism on election integrity, California's deadliest wildfire and police use of force …
Max Willens / Digiday:
The Daily Beast says cutting the cost of Beast Inside by 65% over the past 15 months to $35/year has led to conversion rates 5x that of initial $100/year  —  Since The Daily Beast launched its membership program, Beast Inside, last summer, the IAC-owned news brand has managed to improve …
CBC News:
Facebook says it is planning changes to tool allowing advertisers to rewrite news story headlines after UK's Conservative party altered a BBC headline in an ad  —  BBC article used in ad with a changed headline that contradicted article content  —  Advertisers on Facebook are able …
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Q&A with Miriam Wells, the first impact editor at nine-year-old The Bureau of Investigative Journalism in UK, on ensuring its journalism makes a difference  —  It's what readers want, it's what funders want, it's what editors want, it's even what reporters want: The elusive yet ever-important impact …
Discussion: @emgollie, @niemanlab and @raoldroyd
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Dominic Patten / Deadline:
Thursday's Democratic debate drew 14M viewers across ABC and Univision, down 23% from the Biden-led second debate in June across NBC, MSNBC, and Telemundo
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YouTube has been working with publishers in India to test a fact-checking program, but one critic says the program lacks independent review of its effectiveness