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2:50 PM ET, September 29, 2020


 Top News: 
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
Marion Renault / Columbia Journalism Review:
Critics have long lost faith in Ohio's The Columbus Dispatch to fairly cover race issues, as its staff remains 95% white in a city of 44% nonwhite residents  —  The Columbus Dispatch has never looked like the city it covers.  Can it change?  —  The giant, light-up sign visible …
Alexandra Steigrad / New York Post:
Sources: Verizon has approached multiple digital media companies, including Group Nine and Vox Media, in the past few months for a potential sale of HuffPost  —  Verizon has been quietly scrambling to unload HuffPost as it grapples with continued losses at the left-leaning news and culture website, The Post has learned.
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
The way Fox News' news division covered Trump's taxes exemplifies its approach to stories critical of Trump: downplay its importance and focus on Trump's denial  —  New York (CNN Business)The New York Times' explosive report on President Trump's taxes was, for most news outlets, a serious story worth significant coverage.
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
Richard Milne / Financial Times:
Sweden's NYT equivalent, Dagens Nyheter, is on course to grow profit by ~50% to $20M, its best result since the '90s; subscriptions comprise ~77% of revenue  —  Dagens Nyheter lifted paywall in ‘try before you buy’ strategy during pandemic  —  Many newspapers around the world are struggling …
Sara Jerde / Adweek:
Vox Media launches Concert Ad Manager, a self-serve ad tool to create, submit, and track ads across properties on its marketplace, Concert  —  Concert Ad Manager will allow advertisers to reach audiences at scale  —  Further investing in its offerings for marketers, Vox Media has launched …
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Profile of Rest of World, Sophie Schmidt's nonprofit journalism startup that launched in May and reports on under-covered tech stories in developing countries  —  Sophie Schmidt's Rest of World covers technology and its impact on societies outside the U.S.  —  Sophie Schmidt is looking to build her own big name in tech.
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
Interview with Jean Ellen Cowgill, GM of Bloomberg's QuickTake, which is expanding into streaming with its inclusion in Bloomberg's OTT app, relaunching Nov. 9  —  Bloomberg Media QuickTake — formerly known as TicToc, with the name later changed for obvious reasons — is the company's three …
Discussion: Axios and Talking Biz News
Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
Interview with Shepard Smith on launching a “just-the-facts” news show amid the pandemic, as CNBC's The News with Shepard Smith launches this week  —  The former Fox News anchor has had to hire a new team and have a set built amid pandemic protocols in preparation for this week's debut …
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Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Internal and external threats to the BBC challenge its role as the anchor of UK media and an effective heat sink for polarization
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
The subject of NYT podcast “Caliphate” has been charged in Canada for allegedly fabricating tales about his experiences as an Islamic State fighter
 Earlier Picks: 
Daisuke Wakabayashi / New York Times:
With Netflix, Spotify, and others bypassing Google's 30% cut of IAPs, Google now says all Play Store apps must use its billing system, giving a year to comply
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Pew survey of 12K+ US adults: 26% said they get news from YouTube while only 23% of those said they “often” get news from channels of established news orgs
Washington Square News:
The entire staff of Washington Square News, NYU's student newspaper, has resigned in protest of their new editorial advisor, three weeks after the EIC was fired
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Roku launches $130 Streambar, which combines a compact soundbar with a 4K and HDR streaming device, shipping in mid-October