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8:15 PM ET, October 27, 2019


 Top News: 
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Zuckerberg cited a need for diversity of views when asked about Breitbart's presence in Facebook News, but also said News is only for high-quality, curated news  —  On Friday morning, Facebook announced its plan to spend millions of dollars on high-quality journalism, fueling the launch of a new dedicated news tab on its platform.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Facebook takes a step forward by putting money behind high-quality journalism, but must not leave small publishers behind or promote purveyors of disinformation  —  Ronald Reagan called these the nine most terrifying words in the English language: “I'm from the government and I'm here to help.”
Facebook begins testing Facebook News with a subset of people in the US across four categories of select publishers: general, topical, diverse, and local news
Todd Spangler / Variety:
At an event with News Corp's Robert Thomson, Mark Zuckerberg says every internet platform has a responsibility to fund and form partnerships for news
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Facebook is paying some major publishers millions of dollars per year while excluding smaller local ones, who are struggling and worried about being left behind
Nieman Lab:
Reuters Institute: how Rappler, Daily Maverick, and The Quint are retreating from engaging audiences at-scale via social media to build stronger communities  —  Dramatic shifts in the media landscape over the past two decades — including the advent of social media, the rise of participatory audiences …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
NBCUniversal says it would release ex-NBC News staffers who believe they were sexually harassed from NDAs, in a statement read by Maddow before Farrow interview  —  NBCUniversal said Friday night it would release former NBC News staffers who believe they were sexually harassed from confidentiality …
Justine Coleman / The Hill:
WaPo drew backlash for its digital headline on an obit of ISIS's Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, calling him an “austere religious scholar”; the headline has been changed  —  The Washington Post changed the headline on its obituary for ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi after initially calling him an …
Sources: John Solomon, now at Fox, worked closely with Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas, sharing files and letting him watch an interview with Ukraine source  —  ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power.  Sign up for ProPublica's Big Story newsletter …
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
AT&T says it will sell its majority stake in Central European Media Enterprises to Czech investment firm PPF Group for $1.1B in cash, shedding $575M in debt  —  AT&T has struck a deal to sell its majority stake in Central European Media Enterprises for $1.1 billion as part …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Trump's South Lawn press gaggles, of which there have been 75, allow him to grab the spotlight while marginalizing the press  —  A great racket rises, like a symphony of a thousand hedge trimmers, from the South Lawn of the White House.  A shambling pack of men and women …
Discussion: The Hill
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
RAJAR: podcasts now reach 8.4M listeners in the UK, up from 6M in 2018, with 7.4M people listening to the BBC online or through apps  —  LBC's audience has grown by almost 500,000 people in the past year to reach 2.6m, the highest weekly reach in the station's 46-year history.
Deanna Ting / Digiday:
In Q3, Snapchat says total daily time spent on Discover increased by 40% YoY and 100+ Discover channels saw a monthly audience of more than 10M viewers  —  What was once a money pit for some publishers is now becoming more of a gold mine.  —  Snapchat Discover has become a profitable venture …
Daniel Tovrov / Columbia Journalism Review:
A look at Newsweek's grim condition: journalists are ranked by page views and expected to write four stories a day as the company struggles to pay its bills  —  No one working at Newsweek can tell me why it still exists  —  On March 20, Nancy Cooper, the editor in chief of Newsweek, sent an email to her editorial staff.
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