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9:10 PM ET, October 2, 2019

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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Vice Media agrees to acquire Refinery29 in a deal expected to close before the end of 2019; source: Vice is issuing mostly stock to Refinery29's shareholders  —  After months of talks, Vice Media sealed an agreement to acquire Refinery29, a bet by the two digital-centric media companies …
Kareem Fahim / Washington Post:
Top media and human rights figures gathered Wednesday for a memorial service in Istanbul for Jamal Khashoggi on the first anniversary of his death  —  ISTANBUL — The memorial service for Jamal Khashoggi was held in the shadow of the Saudi Consulate on Wednesday, on the first anniversary of his death …
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Pew Research Center:
Poll of US adults: 62% say social media has “too much control” over the mix of news we see on their platforms, and 55% say this results in a worse mix of news  —  Getting news from social media is an increasingly common experience; nearly three-in-ten U.S. adults do so often
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
Fox News says radio host and commentator Todd Starnes is no longer working at the network and his show on Fox Nation has also been canceled  —  TheWrap has learned that Todd Starnes' contract at Fox News is not being renewed.  The host will no longer be working at the network, its website …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Public opinion will affect the outcome of impeachment inquiry; journalists should prepare well for interviews, stop booking liars, and avoid false equivalence  —  Scott Pelley of CBS pushed back hard Sunday when House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy tried to spin him on Sunday's “60 Minutes.”
Jerry Iannelli / Miami New Times:
Employees of the Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald announce they plan to unionize, while criticizing a decade of downsizing, layoffs, and consolidation  —  Update: In a newsroom-wide email, Miami Herald Publisher and Executive Editor Mindy Marqués González accused her own employees …
Sludge:
Sludge, the media startup focusing on money in politics, says it needs to raise significant funds this month or it will “go into hibernation on October 31”  —  Sludge is seeking hundreds of new members as we face a potential shutdown.  We need your help to stay afloat.
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Ad tech firm MediaMath debuts Source, an initiative to clean up the digital media supply chain, with 16 ad tech firms, ad agencies, and publishers participating  —  A group of 16 companies — including leading ad tech firms, ad agencies and publishers — is trying to help clean up the murky world of digital advertising.
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Study of 1,769 undergrads in Texas finds those who spent time away from Facebook consumed less news and reported feeling less depressed than those who didn't  —  Threatening to leave Facebook, or talking about how you should spend less time on it, is common.  Actually leaving is less common (though it is happening).
Discussion: Digital Trends
Kip Dooley / NewsMatch:
NewsMatch 2019 fundraising campaign: nearly 200 nonprofit newsrooms participating, 49 for the first time, donations up to $1K matched, running Nov. 1-Dec. 31  —  In 2016, 54 news organizations participated in the first NewsMatch campaign, a swiftly organized matching gift campaign created …
Chris Thompson / Deadspin:
Chris Stone is stepping down as editor-in-chief of Sports Illustrated after 27 years at the publication; source says layoffs are likely in the next few weeks  —  Sports Illustrated is currently transitioning ownership and corporate leadership, from Meredith Corp. to Authentic Brands Group …
Discussion: Awful Announcing and New York Post
 
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Amy Kaufman / Los Angeles Times:
The real-life journalists behind characters in three films at the recent Toronto International Film Festival talk about their stories being adapted into movies
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Guardian Media Group CEO David Pemsel to leave the news publisher in spring 2020 to join the Premier League
Ed Pierce / Journal Tribune:
Maine's Journal Tribune to end its 135-year run on October 12, citing lack of profitability with declining subscribers and loss of advertisers; 6 staff laid off
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Poll: 12 of the 15 most polarizing US brands are national news media; the gap between how Republicans and Democrats view CNN and Fox News has grown since 2018
Rasmus Kleis Nielsen:
Reuters Institute director says journalism is divided between a conservative rearguard and the vanguard, who accept uncertainty and need for change in the field
BBC:
Meghan Markle sues Mail on Sunday over a claim that it unlawfully published one of her private letters; Prince Harry complains about “relentless propaganda”
Kelsey Jukam / Courthouse News Service:
Rep. Devin Nunes is suing Ryan Lizza and Hearst Magazines for $75M alleging defamation and common law conspiracy for Lizza's article about Nunes's Iowa farm