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1:05 AM ET, September 26, 2019


 Top News: 
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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
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 …
Andrew Bucholtz / Awful Announcing:
The ACC Network, owned by ESPN, is now available on AT&T's U-verse and AT&T TV Now, leaving Comcast as the last big holdout  —  The ACC Network continues to grow its distribution.  Following deals with Cox, Dish, Charter and more over the last month, ACC Network is now available …
Report For America:
Report for America hires a recruitment chief, Norman Parish III, as it makes plans to scale up from 60 corps members now to 250 in 2020  —  Norman Parish III, who over a three-decade career has worked in newsrooms in seven states, including as a metro editor in Chicago newsrooms, is Report for America's new Director of Recruitment.
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 …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace cut away from Trump's live news conference on Wednesday citing falsehoods made by the president; other networks chose to fact-check  —  Seven minutes after President Trump began his first news conference since House Democrats opened a formal impeachment inquiry …
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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
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Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Leaked TikTok content moderation guidelines reveal how it censors videos mentioning Tiananmen Square, Tibetan independence, or Falun Gong
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
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