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9:35 PM ET, September 29, 2020


 Top News: 
Ben Collins / NBC News:
Right-wing news sources and the WH press secretary amplified a conspiracy theory about an electronic earpiece for Biden, hours before the presidential debate  —  A conspiracy theory that Joe Biden would wear an electronic device in his ear during the first presidential debate went wildly viral Tuesday …
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Tuesday's debate will be a rare moment where everyone will be watching the same event without ideological filters provided by TV networks  —  New York (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter.  You can sign up for free right here.
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
Sarah Whitten / CNBC:
Disney is laying off 28,000 employees, due to prolonged closures of its California theme parks and limited attendance at open parks  —  Prolonged closures at Disney's California-based theme parks and limited attendance at its open parks has forced the company to lay off 28,000 employees across its parks …
The Conversation:
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Bloomberg Media will launch Bloomberg Wealth on Thursday, focusing on personal finance including careers, education, stock trading, and cryptocurrencies  —  Bloomberg Media is expanding its portfolio to provide more general business and lifestyle content to readers, instead of just straightforward markets …
Discussion: Talking Biz News and @asyagerson
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
Discussion: Talking Biz News
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.
Frank Pallotta / CNN:
Disney launches GroupWatch on Disney+, a feature that lets up to seven people watch in sync; viewers can react using emoji but can't chat  —  New York (CNN Business)Pandemic lockdowns have given many people the time to binge watch hours of streaming, but not the ability to do so with friends.
Hanaa' Tameez / Nieman Lab:
Q&A with Allissa Richardson, assistant professor at USC Annenberg, on how smartphones are a gift and curse for protest journalism, the myth of objectivity, more  —  One of the hardest parts about publishing a book for Allissa Richardson is knowing that her work will never truly be done.
Jason Gurwin / The Streamable:
YouTube TV is dropping all Fox regional sports networks starting Oct. 1; the networks will now only be available for streaming on Hulu Live TV and AT&T TV Now  —  Just following the end of baseball season, YouTube TV is about to lose 21 Fox Regional Sports Networks.
Discussion: Variety
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 …
Discussion: MediaPost
Kendall Baker / Axios:
Buzzer, which aims to offer live sports on mobile devices by aggregating sports rights, raises $4M in seed funding led by Lerer Hippeau and Sapphire Sport  —  Buzzer, a mobile technology platform that wants to connect fans through live sports while helping existing media rights holders maximize value …
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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
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
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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
Discussion: The Streamable and The Verge