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7:15 PM ET, September 24, 2020

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Nieman Lab:
Reuters Institute study: EU local news publishers are moving away from chasing broad reach and toward building paying audiences, changing how some use Facebook  —  “Look, I know you got that Facebook comment, but it's the vocal minority.  There's a silent majority who are actually paying for our work."
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Twitter says its test to prompt users to read articles before retweeting was a success, with users opening articles 40% more and sometimes opting not to retweet  —  Twitter's experiment to get people to actually read the content they're sharing is going so well the company plans to expand it to the platform at large “very soon.”
New York Times:
A judge dismissed a defamation suit against Fox News host Tucker Carlson by Karen McDougal, saying his program uses “exaggeration” and “nonliteral commentary”  —  Fox News won a legal victory on Thursday after a federal judge dismissed a defamation suit brought …
Jessica Toonkel / The Information:
Sources: ViacomCBS investigated a sexual misconduct claim against CEO Bob Bakish; ViacomCBS said the probe has ended, results “did not support the allegation”  —  ViacomCBS has been investigating an allegation of sexual misconduct by its CEO, Bob Bakish, according to several people familiar with the situation.
Wall Street Journal:
E.W. Scripps to buy ION Media for $2.65B, roughly doubling its TV station footprint; Berkshire Hathaway will invest $600M in Scripps to help finance the deal  —  Berkshire plans to make a $600 million preferred-equity investment in Scripps to help finance the purchase
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify and Chernin Entertainment agree to a multi-year partnership for Chernin to develop movies and TV shows based on Spotify's podcasts  —  More Spotify podcasts could soon become TV shows or movies thanks to a new, multi-year partnership announced today between the streaming music provider …
The Guardian:
Harold Evans, an investigative journalist for 70 years, newspaper editor, magazine founder, and book publisher, died Wednesday at 92  —  Legendary British-American media figure was behind major investigations including exposure of thalidomide scandal  —  Sir Harold Evans …
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Alan Rusbridger / The Guardian:
The circumstances that led Harold Evans to become a leader in journalism are unlikely to recur: at the Times, he had time, resources, and an “apolitical” owner
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Ahead of US elections, YouTube says it is including info panels under videos about voting by mail, pointing viewers to a report by the Bipartisan Policy Center  —  Official candidate info will also appear in searches  —  YouTube is stepping up its measures against misinformation around the upcoming US election.
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Kristen Hare / Poynter:
The News Product Alliance launches as a community for people who work in news product management
Todd Haselton / CNBC:
Amazon announces updated $40 Fire TV and $30 Fire TV Stick Lite with new home screen for easier content discoverability, arriving on September 30  —  - Amazon announced two new Fire TV products during its big online hardware event on Thursday.  — Amazon's Fire TV products compete directly …
Washington City Paper:
The Washington City Paper says it's temporarily moving from a weekly to monthly print schedule, “in an effort to protect staff and salaries as best we can”  —  In April, we stated our intention to keep printing weekly editions of Washington City Paper despite plummeting ad sales …
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
INN: on average, nonprofit newsrooms are 68% white, 9% Black, 9% Hispanic; two-thirds don't have POC execs; in 2019, for every 10 Black staff hired, seven left  —  More than half of all nonprofit outlets have either no people of color or “only a small percentage” within their ranks.
J. Clara Chan / The Wrap:
Sources: Deanna Brown, president of Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group, is out after the merger with PMC  —  Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group President Deanna Brown is out at MRC after the merger between PMC and MRC on Wednesday, according to two individuals with knowledge of the matter.
Discussion: Adweek, @tcberman and The Wrap
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Variety:
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
 
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David Roeder / Chicago Sun Times:
Chris Fusco, Chicago Sun-Times' executive editor, is leaving the paper to become executive editor of Ken Doctor's Lookout Local in Santa Cruz, California
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Laura Wagner / VICE:
Employees blast Alden-backed Tribune Publishing Company after it sent an email phishing test to staffers that promised bonuses; the company has apologized
Business Wire:
Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. to retire as chairman of NYT's board of directors at the end of the year, and will be succeeded by A.G. Sulzberger
Nicholas Quah / Vulture:
Joe Rogan's Portland fire comments and reports of tensions between Spotify staff and executives over content show Rogan is already a headache for the company
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
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