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4:20 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."
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  —  He could do it all.  Write like a dream; design with impact; edit with flair; dash off the perfect headline; crop a picture; see off a writ.
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
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  —  The company sent staffers a fake email touting executive bonuses of up to $10,000 for “commitment to excellence.”  —  Laura Wagner
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.”
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 …
Ryan Browne / CNBC:
YouTube expands a fact-checking feature on issues related to elections and COVID-19 to Germany and UK, after initially launching it in the US, Brazil, and India  —  - YouTube will display information and links from third-party publishers on queries related to issues like elections and the coronavirus pandemic.
Discussion: The Drum and @ryan_browne_
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.
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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
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
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: @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
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.
 
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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
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
An account of Mueller's failures must also account for media's failures, in buying AG Barr's spin and focusing on the optics of his report rather than substance
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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
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
The News Product Alliance launches as a community for people who work in news product management
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