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2:00 AM ET, October 24, 2019


 Top News: 
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
Facebook to unveil news tab at an event Friday with News Corp's Robert Thomson; sources: direct payments to 200 publishers will go up to millions of dollars  —  Facebook plans to launch a “News” tab on Friday that will offer stories from hundreds of news organizations, some of which will be paid fees …
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  —  Like News Corp with Knewz, it's trying to build its own platform for news, using its own content and work from other news organizations, to compete with the tech giants.
Discussion: The Atlantic
BBC News launches dark web mirror of its international site, accessible via Tor, as it seeks to thwart censorship from states such as China, Iran, and Vietnam  —  The BBC has made its international news website available via Tor, in a bid to thwart censorship attempts.
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox Business, CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, NYT, and FT say they will not serve as media partners at Saudi Arabia's Future of Investment Initiative event this year  —  Jared Kushner and Steven Mnuchin are attending, but major media firms are still a no-go at the Saudi conference following the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.
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
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.
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  —  Just as blogging allowed a new cadre of journalists to work outside established news organizations in the early 2000s, the email newsletter boom has done the same in local communities.
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]
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 …
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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
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
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
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
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
 Earlier Picks: 
John O'Nolan / Ghost:
Ghost, which builds open source publishing software, releases Ghost 3.0 with support for reader memberships and subscription revenue
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