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7:55 PM ET, October 23, 2019


 Top News: 
Sarah Lacy / Pando:
Sarah Lacy and Paul Carr sell Pando to ad-tech company BuySellAds, which bought Digg in 2018; Lacy announces she is leaving journalism  —  If there is a single moment when it seemed like my journalism career suddenly caught fire, it was the 2006 Business Week cover story I wrote about the rise of Web 2.0 companies.
Jessica Toonkel / The Information:
CNN says it is planning a news aggregation service, internally called “NewsCo”, which will likely be a mix of subscription- and advertising-based content  —  First there was Knewz.  Now there is “Newsco.”  Media companies are ramping up their efforts to take on Facebook and Apple with digital news services.
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
While CNN's news aggregation app will probably not succeed, wanting to protect its brand by becoming more than a tiny icon in another company's app makes sense
Discussion: The Atlantic
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
A look at LinkedIn's efforts to curate news using human editors, with a 65-strong team globally, as it seeks to boost engagement  —  New York (CNN Business)In Dan Roth's dream world, members of LinkedIn, where he has served as editor in chief since 2011, would habitually read the LinkedIn Daily Rundown with their morning cup of coffee.
Emily Bloch / Teen Vogue:
The Florida Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has applied to trademark the term “fake news” to stop Trump from using it  —  In this op-ed, Teen Vogue reporter Emily Bloch explains why her local Society of Professional Journalists branch is sending Donald Trump cease …
Associated Press:
AP is using Data Skrive automation and Sportradar data to produce automated text previews of Major League Soccer games  —  The Associated Press announced today that it is using automation technology from Data Skrive and data from Sportradar to produce data-driven text previews of all Major League Soccer games.
Discussion: @cltledger and @herosportsnews
Knight Foundation:
Knight Foundation announces funding for Charlotte's West End, including $125,000 for a journalism initiative with Qcitymetro, to host events and hire a reporter  —  Contact: Lauren Dickinson, Communications Officer, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, 305.908.2694, [email protected]
Peter Oborne / openDemocracy:
UK journalists should stop letting themselves be used as a tool for anonymous government sources to spread lies, misrepresentations, smears, and falsehoods  —  It's chilling.  From the Mail, The Times to the BBC and ITN, everyone is peddling Downing Street's lies and smears.
Gretchen Frazee / PBS NewsHour:
The US Postal Service is honoring the late Gwen Ifill with a stamp in 2020; she worked at PBS NewsHour for 17 years and covered eight presidential campaigns  —  The U.S. Postal Service is honoring the late PBS NewsHour anchor Gwen Ifill with a commemorative Forever stamp.
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
Tinder says it will roll out its “Swipe Night” choose-your-own adventure series globally in February, after messages rose 12% compared to a typical Sunday night  —  New York (CNN Business)Would you save a person or a puppy during an apocalypse?  —  To some, that's an obvious choice.
Siri Holstad Johannessen / INMA:
How Norway's Aftenposten increased subscriber revenue and decreased churn through Wine Club, its wine-focused newsletter started in 2017  —  Aftenposten has a long history with its loyalty programme for subscribers, which is called A-kortet.  With unique offers on events, concerts …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
BBC opens up Local News Partnership, its scheme created in 2017 to fund “local democracy reporters”, to black, Asian, and minority ethnic publications in UK  —  The BBC-funded local democracy reporting service has been opened up to news platforms aimed at black …
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Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
A deep look at local news newsletters from individual reporters, who often use tools like Substack and Revue and sometimes earn subscription revenue
Andrew Nusca / Fortune:
A look at the revival in digital music sales, which have grown from $14.3B in 2014 to $18.1B in 2018, mainly thanks to paid streaming services like Spotify
Discussion: 9to5Mac
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
CNN says its short-form video subsidiary, Great Big Story, now accounts for 15% of CNN International Commercial's digital revenue
Omar Oakes /
Discovery launches Dplay, an ad-supported, real-life entertainment streaming service with content from its free-to-air channels like Home, in the UK and Ireland
John O'Nolan / Ghost:
Ghost, which builds open source publishing software, releases Ghost 3.0 with support for reader memberships and subscription revenue
Ainsley Harris / Fast Company:
Profile of Anand Giridharadas, a journalist and author whose 2018 book, Winners Take All, critiqued plutocrats who burnish their reputations with philanthropy
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
US House approves a copyright bill that would create a type of small claims court where copyright holders who were infringed can seek damages up to $30,000
 Earlier Picks: 
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Snap reports it added 7M DAUs in Q3 to hit 210M, up 13% YoY, revenue of $446M, up 50% YoY, and a net loss of $227M, down from $325M a year ago
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
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
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