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5:00 PM ET, September 23, 2020


 Top News: 
Sarah Jeong / OneZero:
Q&A with Casey Newton on leaving The Verge to start a newsletter on Substack called Platformer, after many years as The Verge's Silicon Valley editor  —  Sarah Jeong talks to Newton about the details of his deal, subscription journalism, and the magic of email
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
A look at the benefits and drawbacks of publishing on three-year-old Substack, as a growing number of reporters and writers migrate to the newsletter platform  —  Casey Newton, who has covered tech for The Verge, joins a growing number of reporters who have started subscription newsletters at Substack, a three-year-old platform.
Aleksander Chan / Discourse Blog:
Discourse Blog, made up of former Splinter journalists, is leaving Substack in October to start its own site, working with WordPress-powered platform Lede  —  So we have some news: Discourse Blog is leaving Substack next month to start our own website.  We are beyond excited to show everyone …
Variety parent company Penske Media reaches a deal with MRC to operate Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter under a newly formed joint venture called PMRC  —  MRC brings to the venture its production infrastructure.  The MRC banner is home to the Netflix drama “Ozark” and has produced such feature films as …
Ted Johnson / Deadline:
In a rally, Trump again mocks Ali Velshi for being hit with a rubber bullet amid protests and adds a vague story to mock another reporter thrown aside by police  —  Donald Trump again mocked MSNBC anchor Ali Velshi for the moment when he was struck by a rubber bullet while covering protests in June …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: substantial job cuts are expected at NBCUniversal in the coming months as it thinks channels like E!, Oxygen, and Syfy don't have a long-term future  —  With channels like E!, Oxygen and Syfy on borrowed time, media company pushes deep cuts and centralizes program decisions
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
[Thread] AP journalists describe how they report election results and declare winners in about 7,000 races, for White House, Congress, and state legislatures  —  On Nov. 3 and in the days after, @AP will declare winners from ~7,000 races, from the White House down the ballot through local elections
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Political journalists at Fox News, ABC, CBS, CNN, and NBC say they are preparing for an election night without an immediate decision in the presidential contest
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
The News Product Alliance launches as a community for people who work in news product management  —  The News Product Alliance launches today  —  The News Product Alliance launched today, offering a community for people who work in news product management.  —  What's that again, you might wonder?
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
UK press regulator Impress launches The Public Interest News Foundation, a charity to support public interest journalism through donations  —  British news outlets are to be supported by a new charity which will take advantage of tax breaks to funnel donations into public interest journalism across the UK.
Discussion: Press Gazette and @janebsinger
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
CNN is shutting down its short-form video subsidiary Great Big Story  —  CNN launches many stories each day, but one of them has come to an end.  —  The AT&T-owned news operation is shuttering Great Big Story, a streaming-video hub that launched in 2015 to some attention …
Mark Sullivan / Fast Company:
Facebook says it will reject ads from US political campaigns prematurely claiming victory before results have been declared  —  Facebook has said it will reject political ads that spread misinformation about the outcome of the November 3 election, several hours after Fast Company reported …
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
DOJ, in a rare legislative proposal, asks Congress to adopt a law weakening Section 230, in an effort to hold Facebook, Google, and others liable for content  —  At issue is Section 230, which gives Facebook, Twitter and other social media legal protection for items their users post to the companies' websites
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Rick Porter / Hollywood Reporter:
ViacomCBS launches a First Time Directors program that will produce 50 films from BIPOC and women filmmakers
Discussion: Deadline and Variety
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
Norway's Schibsted built podcast tools into its own platform so its outlets can publish podcasts behind paywalls before releasing them on third-party platforms
 Earlier Picks: 
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
NPR should have consistently disclosed Nina Totenberg's long-standing friendship with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, which at least appeared to be a conflict of interest
Peter Slattery / OneZero:
How Spotify's UX decisions have encouraged the growth of adjective-laden generic artist names, enabling a kind of SEO spam for music
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Roku can't buy sponsored product ads on Amazon for its own products and products sold by Roku often don't appear atop search results for them
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
A look at Google's acquisition of DoubleClick and the approval of the deal by the FTC, which was pivotal in it becoming a dominant digital advertising player
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
YouTube says it will use AI-powered moderation to automatically age-restrict certain content