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1:00 PM ET, November 23, 2019


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Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Three major Democratic groups criticize Google for policies that may let politicians run false ads and ask platforms to reconsider plans to “bluntly limit” ads  —  I report on technology.  And I got hacked.  —  Washington DC (CNN Business)The three major Democratic committees blasted Google …
Tarleton Gillespie / Slate:
Every ad, political or commercial, should reveal its provenance, and all advertisers should stand by their ads and be held accountable for them  —  On Oct. 30, Twitter announced it would now prohibit political advertising on its platform.  On Friday, it tried its best to explain exactly what that would mean.
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Growing skepticism about big platforms' benefits for journalism can be seen in 42 interviews with people from 27 news outlets, 6 platforms, and 1 foundation  —  The era when publishers could be just mildly skeptical of platforms while continuing to work with them enthusiastically appears to be over.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Decimation of local papers, and with it, a loss of unity and shared facts in communities, became a real possibility this week amid deals for Gannett and others  —  Given the tumult in the realm of government and politics, the dire state of the local newspaper industry may seem minor.
Jan Schaffer / CPB:
Ex-CPB board member: federal funds received by public radio stations to spend on national programming should instead be shifted to creating local news content  —  What role should public media play in supplying communities with more local news?  —  “I think it should be central,” …
Discussion: BKLYNER, Salon and @janjlab
Sources: Apple delays theatrical release and TV+ launch of The Banker as filmmakers check claims of inaccuracy and sex abuse allegations against co-producer  —  Apple is delaying the theatrical release of “The Banker,” originally set for Dec. 6 with assistance from Bleecker Street, insiders familiar with the company said.
Dylan Byers / NBC News:
Sources: in early October, The Athletic had tried to save Sports Illustrated by offering $50M, 11% more than Maven, to license SI content from Authentic  —  Moving the Market: Alex Mather and Adam Hansmann, the co-founders of the burgeoning sports news site The Athletic …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Shepard Smith, the anchor who left Fox News in early October, announced Thursday that he will donate $500K to the Committee to Protect Journalists  —  The former anchor made his first public appearance since his abrupt departure from Fox News, where he faced taunts from colleagues and President Trump.
Akintunde Ahmad / Columbia Journalism Review:
Inside the last year of the Foreign Press Association, where exec feuding and board resignations led to the launch of the Association of Foreign Correspondents  —  Last November, the Foreign Press Association, a nonprofit group that represents foreign correspondents working in the US, hosted a centennial gala at One World Trade Center.
Washington Post:
US federal judge orders Iran to pay WaPo journalist Jason Rezaian and his family ~$180M in damages for his 18-month detention from July 2014 to January 2016  —  A federal judge on Friday ordered the Iranian government to pay Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian and his family $180 million …
Allison Matyus / Digital Trends:
First Look Media launches Topic, a $6/month video streaming service with “thoughtful and meaningful” content  —  Amid the crowded streaming service market that includes big players like Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+, a new player called Topic wants to be an additional component …
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Moira Donegan / The Atlantic:
The Real Media Salaries list now includes self-reported pay of 1,400+ people; like the Shitty Media Men list, it shows worker solidarity and mistrust of bosses
Matt Novak / Gizmodo:
China's state media agency bought an ad on Facebook in which Bill Gates praises China, an example of how the country burnishes its image abroad
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Thomas Germain / Consumer Reports:
How outdoor ad networks like Five Tier let clients plan and target billboard ads based on mobile phone data about passersby such as gender, age, race, and more
Discussion: Boing Boing
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter rolls out its “Hide Replies” feature to all users globally
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Minute Media acquires Derek Jeter's Players' Tribune, which will continue to exist as a standalone brand