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7:30 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.”
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
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 …
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 …
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Since CJR and The Nation announced Covering Climate Now in July to spur focused climate crisis coverage, over 250 news outlets have committed to the effort  —  New York (CNN Business)More than 250 news outlets around the world have committed to Covering Climate Now.  —  What is it?
Discussion: Press Gazette and The Guardian
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
SEC filing: Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger has resigned from Apple's board  —  LOS ANGELES — Robert A. Iger, Disney's chief executive and chairman, has resigned from the board of Apple, whose growing Hollywood operation would have made it harder for him to fully engage as one of its directors.
Daniel Green /
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  —  Piloted in India, the news verification function alerts users when their search topic is a hoax.  But measuring its success can be tricky
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
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  —  Coming in strong in early metrics, the three-hour primetime Democratic scrimmage drew 14 million viewers in total.
Discussion: Variety and Broadcasting & Cable
Nate Berg / Columbia Journalism Review:
A look at the ways in which magazines were designed for interaction in the past, and how The New York Times for Kids monthly is continuing the tradition  —  Later this year, DC Entertainment will stop regularly publishing Mad magazine, the humor publication founded in 1952.
Discussion: @nate_berg
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
MoviePass says it is shutting down and ending service for all subscribers on Saturday, September 14  —  This is breaking news.  Please check back for updates.  —  TRENDING NOW  —  Subscribe to CNBC PRO Licensing & Reprints Join the CNBC Panel Supply Chain Values Advertise …
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Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
BuzzFeed files motion to quash subpoenas for reporter Ryan Mac to testify in a defamation lawsuit against Elon Musk, accuses Musk of harassment and intimidation
Reeves Wiedeman / New York Magazine:
A look at the uncertain future of Vice News, amid key staff departures, tighter budgets, and lower valuation for Vice overall
What's New in Publishing:
IAB Europe: programmatic revenue grew by 33% YoY in 2018 to €16.7B, with 70%+ of display and 50%+ of video ads traded via programmatic methods
Discussion: @tpadvisory
 Earlier Picks: 
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
CNN says it will no longer let vaping products like Juul advertise on the network, but may reconsider later if research shows vaping products are not harmful
Nieman Lab:
Analysis of ~150K Facebook Today In stories: 59% served a critical information need, users engaged most with stories on emergencies, transportation, and health
Discussion: Adweek