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12:25 PM ET, October 17, 2019


 Top News: 
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
The Los Angeles Times reached a tentative agreement with the guild that represents ~475 newsroom employees; the deal could provide immediate pay raises of 5%+  —  The Los Angeles Times on Wednesday reached a tentative labor agreement with the guild that represents about 475 members of its newsroom …
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
Netflix reports Q3 revenue of $5.25B, up 31% YoY, 158M paid subs globally, up 21% YoY, as net adds increase to 6.8M, up 12% YoY but below 7M company forecast  —  - Shares of Netflix surged after the company reported better-than-expected earnings results for the third quarter.
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
UK publisher Reach launches Mantis, a tool that detects whether a story is brand safe and flags articles that have been blocked by keyword blacklists  —  The Daily Mirror's parent company Reach wants to drastically reduce how much ad inventory and revenue is blocked by lengthy keyword blacklists used …
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Sources: USA Today's print version likely will wind down after Gannett-GateHouse merger; USA Today publisher, however, says no plans exist to end print edition  —  After a nearly 40-year run, USA Today and its digital sites are about to undergo a major restructuring that will include building …
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
How the Charleston Gazette-Mail overcame bankruptcy, layoffs, and management changes to double digital subscriptions, growing to 4,341, in a year  —  In the fall of 2018, the new publisher of the Charleston Gazette-Mail sat some of his staff down at a conference room table.
Aminda Marques / Miami Herald:
Miami Herald says it plans to raise $1.5M in three years to add five staff to its investigative team as part of its Investigative Journalism Fund  —  For more than a year, Miami Herald investigative reporter Julie K. Brown sifted through tens of thousands of pages of FBI and court records, lawsuits, and witness depositions.
Discussion: @miamiherald and Miami Herald
Wall Street Journal:
Analysis of 168,907 tweets at Daryl Morey following his Oct. 4 pro-HK tweet: ~50% came from accounts with 0-13 followers, 4,855 users had never tweeted  —  'This wasn't primarily a bot swarm.  It was a troll mob.' After his tweet supporting Hong Kong's protesters, the Houston Rockets' general manager …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Shonda Rhimes announces a three-year deal with iHeartMedia to produce original podcasts for the iHeartPodcast Network, launches new division Shondaland Audio  —  Hit-making TV writer and producer Shonda Rhimes is jumping into the podcast game in a much bigger way.
Kelsey Sutton / Adweek:
NBC News and Wondery team up to develop a slate of original news and politics podcasts beginning in 2020; NBC News will continue developing in-house podcasts  —  Podcast publisher will also take over advertising sales and marketing  —  NBC News and Wondery are teaming up to develop a slate …
Discussion: RAIN News, MediaPost and Bloomberg
Joshua Hammer / New York Times:
Profile of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, who is facing a cumulative sentence of over 63 years in prison if convicted of criminal and civil “cyberlibel” charges  —  Rappler, one of the country's most popular media platforms, has incurred President Duterte and his supporters' wrath …
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Elida Moreno / Reuters:
Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca is suing Netflix for its film on the Panama Papers scandal, alleging defamation and seeking to stop its release
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
As pubs like Morning Brew and Axios focus on newsletter reengagement campaigns to get back dormant subscribers, some, like WSJ, say it is not worth the effort
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:
Investigation: ad agency Ads Inc. ran a subscription-based Facebook scam whereby users rented their accounts to Ads Inc., which has run $50M in ads since 2016
 Earlier Picks: 
Joe Otterson / Variety:
Mike Isaac's book, Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber, will be the basis for a Showtime series by Billions creators Brian Koppelman and David Levien
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Thrillist names Helen Hollyman, food writer and founding editor of Vice's Munchies, as its new editor-in-chief
Discussion: MediaPost
Hollywood Reporter:
Inside's Apple steep learning curve with TV+ and Hollywood, as sources say the company already well outspent its projected $1B annual content budget
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Twitter to restrict user interactions with world leaders' tweets that it deems violate its rules, letting users quote-tweet, but not retweet, like, reply, share