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10:40 PM ET, September 27, 2020


 Top News: 
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” …
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.
Discussion: @doug_rivers
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.
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  —  Measurement problems are holding back advertising in connected TV, ad buyers say  —  People are streaming more movies and shows on internet-connected TV sets.
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.
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  —  ABS-CBN Corp.'s chairman emeritus, Eugenio ‘Gabby’ Lopez III, has quit and has relinquished his board seats in the Philippine media company …
Discussion: @technology
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  —  “People are basically good” was eBay's founding principle.  But in the deranged summer of 2019, prosecutors say …
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  —  It's 2020, and things have gotten to the point that we may not have the bandwidth to pay attention to all the existential threats we're facing at once.
Julie Posetti, PhD / International Center …:
How women journalists experience online violence, the types of threats, the ways it manifests, and its link to offline attacks  —  Content warning: This story includes graphic content that illustrates the severity of online abuse of women.  —  There is a new front line in journalism safety …
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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
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
 Earlier Picks: 
The Guardian:
Andrew Neil, who has been a BBC political interviewer and Sunday Times editor, says he is launching GB News, a TV news channel to rival BBC and Sky, next year
John Hudson / Washington Post:
State Department: Trump admin rescinded award it gave to a Finnish journalist after discovering she'd criticized Trump, then gave a false reason for its actions