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10:00 PM ET, October 20, 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.
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 …
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.
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  —  The country's regulators pulled the film from the schedule a week before its release on Oct. 25.  —  Quentin Tarantino has no intention …
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.
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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.
Sara Jerde / Adweek:
Condé Nast Italia releases its first magazine in the US, the food and wine focused La Cucina Italiana  —  The recipe-focused magazine has been designed for Americans  —  Condé Nast, which has long taken magazines established in the U.S. and introduced them into new international markets …
Daniel Green /
Interview with Hazel Baker, head of user-generated content newsgathering at Reuters, on deepfakes, misinformation, and verification  —  Ahead of the Newsrewired conference, Baker talks about the challenges posed by misinformation during breaking news events and the emergence of deepfakes
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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
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
How Quartz is focusing more on reader revenue, with a metered paywall and perks for members like field guides and a direct relationship with its journalists
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
CNN calls a threatened lawsuit from Trump lawyer Charles Harder a “desperate PR stunt”; Harder's letter cited the Lanham Act, which deals mainly with trademarks