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5:00 PM ET, October 22, 2019

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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
The author of an anonymous 2018 NYT column identified as a senior Trump admin official has written a book, titled A WARNING, to be published in November  —  The author of an anonymous column in the New York Times in 2018, who was identified as a senior Trump administration official acting as part of the …
John McCarthy / The Drum:
Financial Times launches business consultancy FT Strategies, providing expertise gained from its transformation to digital; customers include Bonnier  —  Business broadsheet The Financial Times is offering up its inhouse experts to business inspired by its modern media evolution.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Talking Biz News
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Medium says it will now pay its Partner Program writers based “primarily” on reading time, not claps; the platform has paid $6M+ to 30,000+ writers since 2017  —  Medium is announcing significant changes to its Partner Program, where subscribers pay for access to exclusive content, and the revenue gets split with writers.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Verizon is giving away Disney+ for free for one year to all of its wireless customers on unlimited-data plans and to FiOS and 5G home internet customers  —  New Fios broadband, 5G home wireless internet customers also eligible for 12-month free offer  —  Verizon is giving away Disney Plus …
Carol Thompson / Lansing State Journal:
A network of ~40 websites branded as Michigan local news has launched with neutral names like Lansing Sun but posting info with a right-leaning political tilt  —  LANSING — Dozens of websites branded as local news outlets launched throughout Michigan this fall, with monikers like Lansing Sun …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: despite Catch and Kill controversy, NBC News President Noah Oppenheim signed a new contract “in recent months” and is expected to succeed Andy Lack  —  Instead of breaking the big story, NBC News has become the big story.  The network's top brass, NBC News Chairman Andy Lack …
Allegra Hobbs / The Guardian:
Journalism and influencer culture is converging: just as influencers use their image to advertise, writers leverage social media presence to sell their work  —  After the summer of Caroline Calloway's Instagram infamy and Jia Tolentino's huge book launch, where is the line between author and lifestyle celebrity?
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Meredith sells Money, whose print edition it shuttered in June, to Ad Practitioners, a Puerto Rico-based digital advertising and media company  —  After previously failing to find a buyer for Money — and shutting down the print edition — Meredith has found a new home for the personal-finance brand.
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
CNN hires former GOP congressman Sean Duffy as a paid contributor, who immediately floats CNN-debunked conspiracy theory pushed by the White House on first day  —  In two separate CNN appearances, in his first 24 hours as a paid pundit, the ex-congressman pushed the president's unfounded CrowdStrike theory.
Vivian Wang / New York Times:
New York state lawmakers have proposed a requirement that any cable company operating in the state offer an independently produced local news channel  —  Legislators are proposing a first-in-the-nation bill to force cable companies to offer independent local news.
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Rob Goldman, Facebook VP of advertising, says he's leaving the company after more than seven years  —  - Facebook Vice President of Ads Rob Goldman announced via Twitter on Tuesday that he's leaving the company.  — Goldman became embroiled in controversy in early 2018, when he tweeted about the Mueller investigation's findings.
Wall Street Journal:
Online influencers are expected to make $4.1B-$8.2B in 2019, but with no good way to measure sales, some advertisers are questioning whether it's worth it  —  Billions are paid to social-media personalities to pitch products in an influencer economy riddled with deceit
 
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Brian Welk / The Wrap:
Vox Media's Polygon will produce a seven-minute gaming and culture news show for Quibi's Daily Essential lineup
Discussion: MediaPost
Mark Anderson / Sacramento Business Journal:
Memo: McClatchy cuts 30 staff; CEO says no reporting jobs will be impacted but some editing and management will be done regionally rather than in local markets
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook now requires some page owners to disclose the orgs running them and if they're tied to state-owned media, will add labels to pages run by state media
Kate Storey / Esquire:
Inside Bustle Media Group CEO Bryan Goldberg's ill-fated attempt to relaunch Gawker, which started with no clear plan and was plagued by scandals
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
UK's i newspaper launches app that publishes its best journalism in three daily editions alongside live breaking news, priced at £5.99 per month
Discussion: Journalism.co.uk