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1:35 PM ET, September 28, 2020


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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.”
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 …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Chris Wallace says he will “be as invisible as possible” during Tuesday's debate as execs and producers say TV networks may not do much real-time fact-checking  —  “My job is to be as invisible as possible,” said Chris Wallace of Fox News, the moderator of the opening matchup on Tuesday.
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.
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.
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  —  We, the undersigned WSN Fall 2020 Editorial Staff, have collectively decided to resign from Washington Square News, effective immediately.
Discussion: @timherrera
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Roku launches $130 Streambar, which combines a compact soundbar with a 4K and HDR streaming device, shipping in mid-October  —  A 14-inch soundbar with 4K / HDR streaming  —  A year after Roku announced its Smart Soundbar, the company is back with the Streambar, which combines a compact soundbar with a 4K / HDR streaming device.
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 …
Faisal Kalim / What's New in Publishing:
Study: amid the pandemic, 67% of consumers likely to engage with ads on trusted publisher sites, 69% likely to look at ads relevant to content they are viewing  —  Content consumption has doubled during the pandemic.  It is up from 3 hours 17 minutes per day, to 6 hours 59 minutes …
Discussion: Doomscroll and @bruno_renkin
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” …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Fox News says it is offering “election week” ad inventories, not just for Nov. 3 coverage, as all networks prepare for delayed results due to mail-in voting  —  Maybe the 2020 election. … Most significant releases have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic …
Discussion: @springer and @bristei
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Sahil Patel / Wall Street Journal:
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Ryan Deto / Pittsburgh City Paper:
Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh president Mike Fuoco has resigned following allegations of sexual misconduct
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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
Discussion: @technology
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
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
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
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