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11:30 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.
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter rolls out its “Hide Replies” feature to all users globally  —  Twitter's radical “Hide Replies” feature, one of the biggest changes to how Twitter works since the invention of the Retweet, is now available to Twitter's global user base.  The company says the feature …
Priscilla Alvarez / CNN:
ACLU files lawsuit against Department of Homeland Security for allegedly tracking and interrogating five photojournalists between 2018 and 2019  —  Washington (CNN)The Department of Homeland Security violated the First Amendment when it allegedly tracked and interrogated five journalists between 2018 …
Discussion: KTLA
Dave McNary / Variety:
Study: women directed 31% of all US TV episodes in 2018-19, more than doubling in the past five years, and directors of color rose to 27%, up 40%+ in five years  —  According to the Directors Guild of America, the TV industry has made major gains in terms of diversity.
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.
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Ronan Shields / Adweek:
Demand-side platform The Trading Desk joins independent ad tech coalition Prebid, making it a more attractive alternative to Google and Facebook
Miami Herald:
Journalists at McClatchy's Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald voted 66-24 on Wednesday in favor of having a union represent newsroom staffers
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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