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4:40 AM ET, November 5, 2019


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Matt Canham / Salt Lake Tribune:
IRS approves nonprofit status for Salt Lake Tribune, making it the first legacy paper to make the switch; ownership to be shifted to a public board of directors  —  The Salt Lake Tribune is now a nonprofit, an unprecedented transformation for a legacy U.S. daily that is intended to bolster …
Aaron Calvin / Columbia Journalism Review:
Reporter who was fired after infamous Carson King profile for the Des Moines Register argues Gannett scapegoated him to preserve its bottom line amid backlash  —  During the seven months I worked as a trending-news reporter for the Des Moines Register, it was my job to write about viral news …
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
BBC says it will establish a new standalone non-profit body to run the Local News Partnership, which will be expanded to cover local councils and NHS trusts  —  The BBC has laid out plans to expand its local democracy reporting service, recruiting new reporters to cover local councils …
George P. Slefo / Ad Age:
Meredith sells the remaining 60% stake in the ad tech company Viant, that it acquired when it bought Time, to Viant's co-founders who owned 40%  —  The news comes roughly two weeks after Roku said it was buying DSP Dataxu  —  Viant has acquired itself from media publishing powerhouse Meredith, the companies said Monday.
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
The Texas Tribune shuts TribTalk, its sister site of contributed opinion pieces and sponsored content, after five years, citing little traffic and social shares  —  “It was a good sandbox to see if there's a market for these sponsored content pieces, to see how we'd treat them in a design and workflow way …
István / Kinja Changelog:
G/O Media says it's reevaluating options to maintain Kinja user pages after blowback to an announcement that it would discontinue them and delete content  —  All blogs running on the domain will show a notification about the upcoming changes of Kinja user pages.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Vice Media's acquisition of Refinery29 has closed; Refinery29's co-CEOs Philippe von Borries and Justin Stefano will no longer be involved in daily management  —  Vice Media Group closed its acquisition of Refinery29 — and Refinery29's co-CEOs and co-founders Philippe von Borries …
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Tim Peterson / Digiday:
Complex Networks, which sells hot sauces in connection to its popular talk show “Hot Ones”, forms Climate, a new division to create products for other companies  —  Complex Networks is often held up as a role model in digital media for its commitment to building franchises that can be multifaceted businesses.
Discussion: @petersontee
Siva Vaidhyanathan / New York Times:
Vetting political ads effectively and consistently at global scale is impossible; Congress should restrict ad targeting to the level of an electoral district  —  It's not about free speech.  —  Siva Vaidhyanathan is a professor of media studies at the University of Virginia.
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
CBS Interactive President and COO Marc DeBevoise to become CEO, taking over from Jim Lanzone, who is leaving after nine years to join Benchmark Capital  —  CBS Interactive is undergoing a CEO transition as Marc DeBevoise takes the reins from Jim Lanzone, who is leaving after nine years …
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
Damning Mueller findings were diluted in part by journalists' obsession with optics, but BuzzFeed and CNN's FOIA win ensures more findings in the years to come  —  In March, after William Barr, the attorney general, released his misleading summary of the Mueller report to Congress …
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Aspiring journalists, learning to be professionals at struggling college papers, are experiencing hardships like those affecting their peers at national pubs  —  SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — The Daily Orange isn't daily anymore.  —  The student-run newspaper that has covered Syracuse University since 1903 …
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Michael J. Socolow / Politico:
Journalists shouldn't use TikTok, as doing so promotes a platform that is relying on its users' ignorance of its history of censorship and privacy invasion
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