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4:40 PM ET, September 25, 2019


 Top News: 
New York Times:
Vox Media has agreed to acquire New York Media, publisher of New York magazine and websites The Cut, Grub Street, Intelligencer, The Strategist, and Vulture  —  After more than 50 years of chronicling the highbrow, lowbrow, brilliant and despicable characters of the city whose name it took, New York Magazine has a new owner.
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
NYT's Mark Thompson warns “print-centric” UK newspapers face mass closures and says it is a myth to blame Facebook and Google for news industry's difficulties  —  New York Times chief executive Mark Thompson has warned UK newspapers are still too “print-centric” and face mass closures without drastic changes in policy.
Discussion: Nieman Lab and @vwpickard
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
AT&T's new COO John Stankey says AT&T doesn't plan on selling DirecTV and he will continue as WarnerMedia CEO  —  John Stankey says AT&T doesn't plan to sell DirecTV; company has done portfolio reviews of satellite provider and other assets  —  AT&T Inc. T .12% 's chief operating officer defended …
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Leaked TikTok content moderation guidelines reveal how it censors videos mentioning Tiananmen Square, Tibetan independence, or Falun Gong  —  Leak spells out how social media app advances China's foreign policy aims  —  TikTok, the popular Chinese-owned social network …
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
How The News Reporter of Columbus County, a small-town NC newspaper, increased its circulation and subscription revenue by building a digital-first workflow  —  Poynter and API teamed up this week to take a deeper look at what's working in local news.  Here, you can read how The News Reporter grew …
Laura Kayali / Politico:
Google refuses to pay publishers in France, first to apply EU's copyright law, will only show headlines and thumbnails, unless publisher asks to add previews  —  Google will not pay press publishers in France to display their content and will instead change the way articles appear in search results …
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Treating individual donors and major givers alike, Mother Jones, which makes 55% of budget from reader donations, is set to raise $25M in its first big campaign  —  This is a story of how to turn 47 percent into $25 million.  —  In 2012 — eons ago in the speed of news cycles these days …
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
UK's Archant, which publishes The New European, to outsource printing of four daily newspapers and 50 weeklies to News UK, as revenues fell ~30% in four years  —  Jeff Henry to leave as firm stops printing own titles after more than 170 years  —  The chief executive of one of Britain's …
Discussion: Press Gazette and Press Gazette
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook says it doesn't fact-check politicians' speech or block their content, generally assuming it is newsworthy, even if it violates Facebook policies  —  Facebook confirms it won't fact-check politicians' speech or block their content if it's newsworthy even if it violates the site's hatespeech rules or other policies.
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Al Franken to return to radio with a weekly, one-hour interview show on SiriusXM with figures from politics, entertainment and other fields  —  Bill Maher is taking heat for posting a photo in reference to Al Franken pretending to grope Leeann Tweeden.  Veuer's Sam Berman has the full story.
Discussion: @mlcalderone and @mlcalderone
Tim Baysinger / The Wrap:
Comscore settles with SEC on charges the firm and its ex-CEO made false statements, engaging in a fraudulent scheme to overstate revenue by ~$50M from 2014-2016  —  Comscore and its former CEO Serge Matta were charged Tuesday by the SEC with engaging in a fraudulent scheme to overstate revenue …
A. G. Sulzberger / New York Times:
NYT's A.G. Sulzberger says the Trump administration was prepared to let Egypt arrest a NYT reporter, calls out Trump's anti-press rhetoric as a global threat  —  In many countries, journalists are being targeted because of the role they play in ensuring a free and informed society.
Declan Walsh / New York Times:
NYT's Declan Walsh describes the incident that led him to flee Egypt, after a warning of potential arrest, from a US source who doubted the US would intervene
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Alexandra Steigrad / New York Post:
Great Hill Partners, owners of G/O Media, says the group of former Gawker-owned sites has turned a quarterly operating profit for the first time since 2015
Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:
Judge dismissed suit by US freelance journalist Bilal Abdul Kareem challenging his alleged placement on a US drone “kill list” in Syria; US cited state secrets
 Earlier Picks: 
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Trump counts on right-wing and mainstream media to amplify his counterpunches amid a scandal, and plenty of outlets let him do it
Tony Biasotti / Columbia Journalism Review:
California's new 35-articles-per-newspaper annual limit for freelancers is meant to protect staff writers by distinguishing between them and freelancers
Leo Kelion / BBC:
EU's top court rules that Google does not have to apply “right to be forgotten” globally