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3:15 PM ET, October 5, 2019


 Top News: 
Wall Street Journal:
Disney bans Netflix ads on most of its TV networks; it had initially issued a blanket ban on ads from any streamers, but reversed course for all but Netflix  —  Entertainment giants are set to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to promote new streaming services
Documents and interviews show TheMaven's plans for Sports Illustrated: building “team communities”, or content farms, run by third parties using low-paid labor  —  Now that Sports Illustrated's three owners, Meredith Corp., Authentic Brands Group, and TheMaven …
Defense One:
A Customs and Border Protection agent repeatedly asked a Defense One journalist, “You write propaganda, right?” during re-entry screening at Dulles airport  —  Repeating “You write propaganda, right?”, officer held passport until he received an affirmative answer.
Tom Burt / Microsoft on the Issues:
Microsoft: Iran-linked group attempted to hack 241 accounts belonging to a 2020 presidential campaign, journalists covering global politics, more  —  Tom Burt - Corporate Vice President, Customer Security & Trust  —  Today we're sharing that we've recently seen significant cyber activity …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Supermarket giant Aldi will no longer sell newspapers or magazines in its UK stores; in the US, Kroger will stop carrying free papers and magazines October 15  —  You can still get a wine advent calendar at an Aldi store in the U.K., but you can't buy a newspaper to go along with it.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Bloomberg Law retracts Sept. 3 story on a Trump admin staffer accused of anti-Semitic Facebook posts, issues apology citing failure to meet editorial standards  —  Moments after Bloomberg Law's Sept. 3 story on Labor Department appointee Leif Olson hit the Internet, its retraction-worthy flaws …
Mari Cohen / Columbia Journalism Review:
A look at Chicago's news media scene, as upstart and legacy outlets experiment with collaboration for survival, after a difficult 2017 and 2018  —  In June 2018, when the Chicago Tribune packed up and left its famous Tribune Tower newsroom, it seemed like an obvious symbol of local journalism's decline.
Andy Campbell / HuffPost:
HuffPost laid off 11 full-time employees and two contractors in its video department on Thursday, citing new strategy to focus on “high audience engagement”  —  About 11 full-time employees — including five managers — were cut as HuffPost “realigns its video strategy,” the company said.
Ginny LaRoe / First Amendment Coalition:
The First Amendment Coalition expands its Subpoena Defense Initiative, adding seminars that prepare lawyers to help journalists facing threats to press freedom  —  The First Amendment Coalition is expanding its Subpoena Defense Initiative, adding free legal seminars in New York and Washington …
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The Guardian:
Prince Harry files a legal claim against the owners of the Sun and the Daily Mirror over alleged phone hacking
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
Sky News launched its first livestream on Twitch this week, joining publishers like Washington Post, BuzzFeed, and Cheddar
Frank Pallotta / CNN:
Sesame Street is moving from HBO to HBO Max in 2020 and will produce five new seasons; as before, it will air for free on PBS Kids after it premieres
Subrat Patnaik / Reuters:
Thomson Reuters buys B2B events specialist FC Business Intelligence, which it will rebrand as Reuters Events and operate as part of the news division
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Andrew Kirell / The Daily Beast:
CNN rejects an ad from the Trump 2020 campaign, saying it fails to meet ad standards because it disparages CNN and its journalists and makes false claims