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2:25 PM ET, November 5, 2019


 Top News: 
Mike Wright / Citrus County Chronicle:
Florida county commissioners block funding for a NYT digital subscription for the libraries; one called the paper “fake news” he doesn't want in the county  —  Citrus County residents reacted strongly over the weekend with the news that county commissioners blocked the library system …
Jason Koebler / VICE:
Paul Maidment resigns as editorial director of G/O Media effective immediately to pursue “an entrepreneurial opportunity”  —  Paul Maidment says it “has been a great honor” to work at G/O Media.  —  G/O Media's editorial director Paul Maidment has left the company less than a week …
Louisa Thomas / New Yorker:
G/O's demand that Deadspin stick to sports is foolish, as much of what happens in sports is a result of power, money, and the culture in which athletes operate  —  Two years ago, Sports Illustrated, which had been a weekly magazine for decades, began publishing just thirty-nine issues a year.
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 …
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
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Sources: Disney will run ads for Starz on the login pages for Disney+ and ESPN+ in exchange for streaming rights for films it had licensed to Starz  —  At the center of the deal is Star Wars  —  Disney+ and ESPN+ will run ads promoting the premium TV channel Starz, The Verge has learned.
Angelica Mari / ZDNet:
Brazil has the second highest podcast consumption in the world, after the US, with 40% of its internet users having listened to a podcast, per local survey  —  The country is the second largest market for the format in the world, and players such as Spotify want to capitalize on that growth.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sources: sports streaming service DAZN plans to make nearly all of its non-live content available for free to build awareness of its exclusive content  —  DAZN, an international sports streaming company that launched a year ago in the U.S., is on the horizon of a major live sporting events acquisition spree, sources tell Axios.
Jeanine Poggi / Ad Age:
YouTube announces “Shopping” ads, a scrollable catalog of static images, which will appear on the home feed and in search results  —  Puma among first brands to utilize new ad format  —  YouTube is introducing “Shopping” ads in time for the holiday season.
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Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Amy Robach says Project Veritas video caught her in “private moment of frustration” because ABC “quashed” 2015 Epstein accuser interview over lack of evidence
Frank Pallotta / CNN:
Netflix added a button to skip the politics segments of Seth Meyers' new comedy special “Lobby Baby”, following a request from the comedian
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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
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