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10:50 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  —  Fox News radio host and commentator Todd Starnes has been ousted from the network, its website contract and the premium subscription service Fox Nation, the company told TheWrap on Wednesday.
The Daily Beast:
The Hill's John Solomon emailed a story he wrote on Ukraine to Rudy Giuliani's allies pre-publication; the email was part of packet given to Congress Wednesday  —  The email was then included in part of a misinformation dossier that the State Department Inspector General delivered to Congress.
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.
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
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.
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:
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Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Guardian Media Group CEO David Pemsel to leave the news publisher in spring 2020 to join the Premier League
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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