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9:35 AM ET, October 21, 2019


 Top News: 
Dan Levin / New York Times:
Profile of The Michigan Daily, the university's student newspaper in Ann Arbor, which has been the only printed local paper in the city for more than a decade  —  As more than 2,000 newspapers across the country have closed or merged, student journalists from Michigan to Arizona have stepped in to fill the void.
Financial Times:
Sources: Thomson Reuters hired an executive search firm to draw up a shortlist of internal and external candidates to succeed the current CEO Jim Smith  —  Thomson Reuters has begun the search for a chief executive to succeed Jim Smith, who has led the $34bn professional information group since 2012.
Discussion: Reuters and @arashmassoudi
Financial Times:
Sources: Verizon is seeking potential buyers for HuffPost, as it continues to shed digital businesses from its costly acquisition of Yahoo and AOL  —  Verizon is sounding out potential buyers for the HuffPost website, in the latest phase of the US telecoms group's retreat from the digital media business.
Matthew Doran / ABC:
Major Australian newspapers black out text on their front pages Monday to protest secrecy laws passed over past two years, after raids of journalists in June  —  The nation's media companies have redacted their front pages to highlight the constraints on media organisations under strict national security legislation.
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK's Global Radio to launch a new 24-hour LBC spin-off “pure news” station, without opinion or debate, from next Monday  —  Global Radio is launching a new 24-hour LBC spin-off station to create a dedicated space for “pure news” - without opinion or debate.
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook reaches licensing deal with News Corp to feature headlines from WSJ, NY Post, and others in a coming news tab; sources: WaPo, BuzzFeed News, BI also in  —  News organizations including News Corp will be paid a licensing fee to supply headlines in news tab
International Center for Journalists:
ICFJ global study: ~33% of newsrooms have fact-checkers, ~66% distribute content in at least four formats, 50%+ of journalists use digital fact-checking tools  —  Journalists are increasingly turning to digital technology to help address daunting challenges such as the spread of misinformation …
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
Publishers like Forbes, Reuters, WSJ, and Bloomberg are growing their events businesses for sponsors and building their own event franchises to boost revenues  —  Trade shows, conferences and summit events are nothing new for business-to-business publishers, who have a tight grip on catering to professional audiences.
Discussion: @rafat
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Facebook opens ads in search results, which appear in news feeds and across its marketplace, to all advertisers for a select group of topics  —  Ads in Facebook Search Results are now open to all marketers for a select group of topics.  The ad unit, which appears in Facebook News Feeds …
Discussion: Adweek
Max Willens / Digiday:
How Verizon is pivoting its publishing strategy to focus on commerce by investing in original shopping-focused video and a new content management system  —  Verizon Media Group has long styled itself as an advertising platform.  Now it wants to act like one that helps brands and retailers drive sales.
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
On the tenth anniversary of Stylist, Q&A with EIC Lisa Smosarski on how the free, ad-backed magazine stayed “eternally stable”, putting out 400K+ copies/week
Sara Jerde / Adweek:
Condé Nast Italia releases its first magazine in the US, the food and wine focused La Cucina Italiana
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Interview with Hazel Baker, head of user-generated content newsgathering at Reuters, on deepfakes, misinformation, and verification
 Earlier Picks: 
Nieman Reports:
Commenting on the limits of #MeToo journalism, Jodi Kantor says journalism isn't a fundamental solution or “a substitute ... for institutions that have failed”
Ben Strauss / Washington Post:
ESPN's “no politics” policy, business relationship with the NBA, and Tencent distribution deal contributed to tentative coverage of the Morey controversy
Katie Kilkenny / Hollywood Reporter:
CA's AB 5 bill author says the law's 35-submission limit for journalists is “a little arbitrary”, as freelancers seek changes before the law takes effect Jan. 1
Hollywood Reporter:
Source: Quentin Tarantino declines to recut his movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, after China's regulators blocked the film's release date of Oct. 25