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4:05 PM ET, October 17, 2019


 Top News: 
New York Times:
Zuckerberg gives a full-throated defense of Facebook as a champion of free expression and defends Facebook policy to opt out of fact-checking political ads  —  In an address at Georgetown University, the Facebook chief executive called for more free speech — not less …
Despite a memo from NYT's standards editor urging reporters to link and credit others' reporting, competitors and some NYT staff say a lack of links continues  —  Journalists at the New York Times and its own standards editor say that getting continually dragged by other journalists for not giving credit is embarrassing.
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 …
David Cohen / Adweek:
Snapchat says it is testing dynamic ads that let brands automatically create ads in real time based on their own product catalogs  —  Several design templates are available for the format  —  Snapchat will conduct an open beta-test of dynamic ads that enable brands to automatically create ads …
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 …
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.
Jason Gurwin / The Streamable:
Sinclair and AT&T reach a carriage deal for DIRECTV, AT&T TV, and U-verse for Sinclair's local broadcast stations, regional sports networks, and more  —  The Streamable is reader-supported and may earn an affiliate commission when you sign up with our links.
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  —  PANAMA CITY (Reuters) - Mossack Fonseca, a Panamanian law firm at the center of the “Panama Papers” scandal, has filed a lawsuit against Netflix Inc …
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.
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 …
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.
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