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8:30 AM ET, September 28, 2020


 Top News: 
Dean Baquet / New York Times:
Following its bombshell Trump tax investigation, The New York Times will not be “making the records themselves public” to protect its sources  —  The New York Times has examined decades of President Trump's financial records, assembling the most comprehensive picture yet of his business dealings.
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Facebook exec says right-wing drives more engagement because its “populism is always more engaging” as it speaks to “an incredibly strong, primitive emotion”  —  Throughout 2020, Democrats have denounced Facebook with growing ferocity as a “right wing echo chamber” …
Los Angeles Times:
LA Times confronts its past, apologizes for its history of racism, and pledges to improve its coverage of SoCal's communities and the diversity of its staff  —  The headline was stripped across the top of the front page, “Marauders From Inner City Prey on L.A.'s Suburbs.”
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Behind the team running Fox News' “decision desk”, led by little-known wonk Arnon Mishkin, who will declare the winner of the presidential election at Fox News  —  Fox News, the president's favored network, will face enormous pressure to call the election for Mr. Trump.
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Presidential Debate Commission co-chair says Chris Wallace and others will not fact-check Trump or Biden, arguing moderators and reporters have different roles  —  Presidential Debate Commission co-chair Frank Fahrenkopf Jr. said Sunday he doesn't expect Fox News anchor Chris Wallace …
The Sunday Times:
Sources: Paul Dacre, the former editor of the Daily Mail, is Boris Johnson's choice to become the new chairman of media regulator Ofcom at the end of 2020  —  Boris Johnson is ushering in a revolution at the top of British broadcasting by offering two of the top jobs in television to outspoken critics of the BBC.
Ryan Deto / Pittsburgh City Paper:
Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh president Mike Fuoco has resigned following allegations of sexual misconduct  —  Today, Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh president Mike Fuoco has voluntarily resigned, according to a press release obtained early by Pittsburgh City Paper.
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: podcast publisher Wondery has hired financial advisers to explore strategic options, including a potential sale, which could bring in at least $200M  —  - Financial advisers hired to evaluate strategic options  — Wondery has gained following with hit shows like ‘Dirty John’
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK newspaper publisher Reach reports H1 2020 revenue of £290.8M, down from £352.6M in H1 2019, but says revenue rose 13% YoY in Q3 as COVID-19 slump recedes  —  The UK's biggest newspaper publisher Reach says digital revenues have begun to recover from the Covid-19 slump with 13% year …
Discussion: Reach plc
Writers with stamina and a unique perspective can find success going independent, even if they're not already “famous”  —  Casey Newton made big news yesterday after announcing he was leaving his comfortable editor spot at The Verge to go solo.  His new company, Platformer …
Mark Jacob / Local News Initiative:
The documentary Newstown looks at journalists in the aftermath of the closure of The Youngstown Vindicator and their efforts to keep the community informed  —  The Youngstown Vindicator, a 150-year-old newspaper, announced in the summer of 2019 that it was closing.
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Sahil Patel / Wall Street Journal:
Ad spending on streaming TV is rising but fragmented media buying makes tracking users from app to app hard, leading to viewers repeatedly seeing the same ad
Ian C Sayson / Bloomberg:
After Philippines declined to renew broadcast network ABS-CBN's franchise, the company had to lay off 45% of 11,000 staff and take a ~$115M impairment charge
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Fran Berkman / Digital Content Next:
US media coverage of climate change has dropped since March due to the pandemic, but readership and pageviews of climate change content has remained consistent
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David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Inside eBay's alleged plot that targeted a blogging duo and a Twitter gadfly using cockroaches, porn, death threats, physical surveillance, and pizza deliveries
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
NBCU: 76% of NBCU viewing for those aged 18-34 and 50% for those aged 50+ comes from streaming and on-demand platforms; 74% of digital content is watched on TV
Jacob Tice / The News Tribune:
Austin Tice's brother pleads for help in putting political pressure on US leaders to find the journalist who vanished 8 years ago in Syria and bring him home