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1:40 PM ET, October 18, 2019

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A.J. Katz / TVNewser:
In a letter to Comcast, Gretchen Carlson, Megyn Kelly, and others call for an outside investigation into allegations about NBC News in Catch and Kill  —  A number of former Fox and NBC Newsers have signed a letter meant for Comcast CEO Brian Roberts asking that the company open a new investigation …
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 …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
A comparison of how NYT and NBC edited Harvey Weinstein stories, and a look at one obscure legal worry by NBC execs about persuading women to break NDAs  —  When reporters tilted at allegations of sexual harassment and abuse by movie producer Harvey Weinstein, they squared off against a target …
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
In memo to staff, Gannett CEO says, “digital is our future” and “We will continue to maintain print if consumers are asking for it and the economics make sense”  —  In a piece yesterday I reported that phasing out USA Today in print is likely to be part of the calculations …
Discussion: Poynter
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: YouTube is offering public figures five- and six-figure lump sums to subsidize channel startup costs as it becomes an increasingly appealing side job  —  Six-figure deals for filming everyday trips to the store?  It's enough to lure high-profile celebrities to the platform …
James Thorne / GeekWire:
Maven, which licensed SI's brand and has bought TheStreet, Say Media, and Hubpages, has raised $20M and outlined its SI strategy and plans for political news  —  Maven, the Seattle-based media company that purchased Sports Illustrated earlier this year, has raised $20 million and revealed …
Committee to Protect Journalists:
Pakistan denies entry to Committee to Protect Journalists coordinator, citing a blacklist by the Ministry of Interior, which voided his journalist visa  —  Last night, Pakistani immigration authorities denied entry to CPJ Asia Program Coordinator Steven Butler, citing a blacklist managed by the Ministry of Interior.
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
As The Washington Post expands its paid parental leave policy from four to 20 weeks, matching WSJ, a look at the policies at other media outlets  —  The Wall Street Journal: 20 weeks.  The New York Times offers 16 to 18 weeks for birth mothers and 10 weeks for non-birth parents.
Discussion: @wpjenna
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Press organizations are demanding an investigation into claims that 12 journalists were targeted by police during demonstrations in Catalonia  —  Press organisations have demanded an investigation after claims 12 journalists were targeted by police in demonstrations in Catalonia.
VICE:
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.
 
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Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Viacom's Pluto TV has quietly launched a conservative news channel, called the First, considered to be in beta with just two shows
Discussion: The Streamable
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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%+