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8:55 AM ET, November 21, 2019


 Top News: 
Scott Spencer / The Keyword:
Google announces new political ad rules, limits microtargeting to age, gender, and general location categories, will start enforcing them in UK within a week  —  We're proud that people around the world use Google to find relevant information about elections and that candidates use Google …
New York Times:
Google's limits on microtargeting of political ads for state and federal candidates shakes up ad plans and frustrates both Democrats and Republicans  —  The company said the ads would not be directed specifically to audiences based on their public voter records or political affiliations.
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
By selling his Tribune stake to Alden Global Capital, the worst newspaper owner in the US, Michael Ferro invited in vultures, signaling more news deserts ahead  —  Is it the apocalypse, or just an unreasonable facsimile?  —  In a week of newspaper industry drama — GateHouse's expected takeover …
Brian Stelter / CNN:
This week is a major turning point for daily newspapers in the US, with bankers deciding what will be defined as news, and who will be employed to report it  —  New York (CNN Business)Let's take a close look at what's happening at three of the biggest newspaper owners in the United States.
Tribune Publishing Company:
Tribune Publishing says Alden Global Capital is now the company's largest shareholder, buying 25.2% of the company from Merrick Ventures and Michael Ferro Jr.
Mikey Smith /
Conservative Party bans the Daily Mirror from its campaign bus, blaming its critical coverage of Johnson; the Mirror is the only major national paper excluded  —  EXCLUSIVE: For the first time ever the Mirror was excluded from the Conservative Party's campaign coach - with senior aides blaming criticism of the Prime Minister
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
During Tuesday's debate, UK's Conservative party renamed its main media Twitter account as “factcheckUK” and changed its logo to push anti-Labour material
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Reach, publisher of the UK's Mirror, Express, and Star, says it will launch at least seven new regional news websites in 2020 and recruit 46 journalists  —  Mirror, Express and Star publisher Reach has said it will launch at least seven new regional news websites next year and recruit 46 journalists in a …
Discussion: HoldtheFrontPage
Sahil Patel / Wall Street Journal:
Ad measurement firm Integral Ad Science has acquired European ad tech firm ADmantX, which provides info on context and content of articles on which ads run  —  ADmantX helps brands understand the content on web pages where their ads could run  —  Integral Ad Science Inc. has acquired ADmantX SpA …
Discussion: @lisa_utz
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
A lawyer for impeachment witness Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman has asked Fox News for a retraction of a guest's claim that Vindman was involved in espionage  —  A guest on the ‘Ingraham Angle,’ a Fox show, suggested that Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, a key figure in the impeachment hearings, was guilty of spying.
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
PEN America report: 1,800 local print outlets have shut down in the US since 2004, leaving Americans uninformed and public officials not held to account  —  The loss of local news coverage in much of the United States has frayed communities and left many Americans woefully uninformed, according to a new report.
Discussion: @bairdjulia
Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:
On-demand transcription service Rev faces backlash after contractors appealed to customers, including media companies, when their fee percentages were cut  —  Rev was just a small start-up offering online transcriptions.  Now it's the latest symbol of a gig-economy company whose workers are fed up.
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Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Sources: new NYT memo says politicians' actions or comments can be described as “racist” but must be discussed with department head, urges avoiding euphemisms
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Study of 3,446 high school students: two-thirds didn't differentiate between sponsored content, even when labeled, and news stories; 52% believed a fake video
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