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8:40 AM ET, October 10, 2019


 Top News: 
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
The Gannett-GateHouse merger may close around Thanksgiving, and over 10% of the workforce will likely be cut, with business-side jobs bearing the brunt of cuts  —  The megamerger is really happening.  Expect the new Gannett — the brand that will survive that chain's acquisition by GateHouse Media …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook's choice to allow political ads with misinformation, while making ad details public, is not a perfect decision but it is a sensible and democratic one  —  It's a problem that needs more than a technical solution  —  If you see an ad on Facebook, should the contents of that ad be true?
Cecilia Kang / New York Times:
Facebook refuses Biden campaign's request to take down a misleading Trump campaign ad, rejected by CNN, reigniting a debate about Facebook and political speech  —  WASHINGTON — The 30-second video ad released by the Trump campaign last week is grainy, and the narrator's voice is foreboding.
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Quartz says its website has been blocked in China and its app has been removed from the App Store due to government complaints for its coverage of HK protests  —  Quartz says its website has also been banned in mainland China  —  News organization Quartz tells The Verge that Apple has removed …
Lauren Strapagiel / BuzzFeed News:
Blizzard is facing an intense backlash after banning a player over Hong Kong pro-democracy comments, with some fans boycotting its games  —  Players are boycotting games like World of Warcraft, Overwatch, and Hearthstone after a user was punished for supporting pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong during a tournament.
Matt Bonesteel / Washington Post:
The Sun takes down a story after Coleen Rooney, wife to soccer star Wayne, says she posted fake Instagram Stories and limited access to find out who was leaking  —  As the wife of one of the world's most famous soccer players, and especially the wife of a famous English soccer player …
Ronan Farrow's Catch and Kill has an interview with former NBC News employee Brooke Nevils, who alleges that Matt Lauer raped her at the 2014 Sochi Olympics
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
Q&A with Ronan Farrow about Catch and Kill, which alleges that Weinstein used National Enquirer's dirt on Matt Lauer to pressure NBC to kill Weinstein exposé
Gustavo Solis / San Diego Union-Tribune:
A look at local “fixers” in Tijuana, Mexico, who say the work can be particularly gruesome and journalists' requests are often “like a wish list to Santa Claus”  —  Margarito Martinez spent 10 nights sleeping inside his white minivan parked outside a Tijuana makeshift shelter …
Discussion: Poynter
Daniel Green /
Fact checkers from UK, Argentina, South Africa, India, and Iran explain how misinformation gains traction and how to fight it with tools like community meetings  —  How five organisations from four continents are identifying and dealing with false claims and misinformation specific to their region
Donald A. Promnitz / The Business Journal:
The Fresno Bee will end print publication of its Saturday edition starting Jan. 11, joining several other McClatchy papers that have stopped Saturday editions  —  The Fresno Bee will no longer be publishing the Saturday edition of its paper.  —  According to a statement from Tim Ritchey …
Discussion: Fresno Bee and MediaPost
Martin Shelton / Freedom of the Press:
G Suite's lack of end-to-end encryption means US agencies could compel Google to hand over unreleased reporting, or even unpublished info about sources  —  If you work in a newsroom, there's a good chance you work with colleagues on Google Docs, Slides, Sheets, and more.  G Suite software is simple and powerful.
Washington Post:
DIA intelligence analyst is charged with leaking classified info to 2 journalists, allegedly to advance the career of one with whom he was romantically involved  —  A counter-terrorism analyst for the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency has been charged with leaking top secret details …
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Savannah Jacobson / Columbia Journalism Review:
How Jerry Zremski, Washington bureau chief for The Buffalo News, used deep experience covering Rep. Chris Collins to break the story of Collins' insider trading
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
How the Washington Free Beacon, the Federalist, and Fox News weaponized a story about Elizabeth Warren that was based on narrow facts and lacking context
Stefan Nicola / Bloomberg:
How traditional broadcasters in Europe are turning to live content and gimmicks with “bonfire moments” to battle Netflix and other streaming platforms
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Mike Allen / Axios:
Steve Hayes and Jonah Goldberg launch The Dispatch, a center-right digital media company with a site, newsletters, and podcasts, in partnership with Substack