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8:45 PM ET, October 1, 2020

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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Google will pay publishers $1B+ through 2023 to create and curate high-quality journalism for the new Google News Showcase, starting in Germany and Brazil  —  Google will pay publishers more than $1 billion over the next three years to create and curate high-quality journalism for a new set …
Jack Stubbs / Reuters:
Sources: Russia's IRA is running a news site on US politics, reposting conservative content and paying US freelancers to write on politically sensitive issues  —  LONDON (Reuters) - The Russian group accused of meddling in the 2016 U.S. election has posed as an independent news outlet …
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Liz Wolfe / Reason:
NYT, which faced staff unrest and an editor's exit after running Sen. Cotton's op-ed on US protests, posted an op-ed praising China's crackdown on HK's protests  —  “The West tends to glorify” pro-democracy protesters “as defenders of Hong Kong's freedoms, but they have done great harm …
The GroundTruth Project:
A coalition representing 3,000+ US newsrooms is pushing a way to support local journalism with tax credits for subscriptions or donations to nonprofit newsrooms  —  A coalition representing more than 3,000 local newsrooms today took the unusual step of backing a plan for the government …
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
In letter to Congress, directors and Hollywood trade bodies say 69% of small and mid-sized theater companies will go bankrupt or shutter without government help  —  Dozens of established filmmakers joined with the Directors Guild of America, the National Association of Theater Owners …
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Failing some radical reform in the debate format that gives moderators more power, there's no reason for the next two debates to take place as scheduled
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Nielsen: 73M+ people watched the first Trump-Biden debate across 16 TV channels, lower than the first Trump-Clinton debate, but higher than almost all others
Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
Hundreds of thousands watched the Trump-Biden debate on Twitch, with streamers who normally narrate gaming sessions providing real-time commentary
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
In an interview on Wednesday, Chris Wallace conceded he was initially reluctant to step in during the Trump-Biden debate, saying he doesn't favor muting mics
Irving Washington / Online News Association:
Online News Association, OpenNews, and the Maynard Institute announce the Vision25 initiative to build anti-racist and collaborative newsrooms  —  Today, we're announcing Vision25: Building Racial Equity in Newsrooms, a catalyst in a social change movement that seeks to build journalistic institutions …
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Essence magazine furloughs some staff but says it doesn't anticipate the furloughs lasting longer than six months  —  MAJOR LOSSES  —  One of America's oldest and best-known major publications dedicated to Black women readers has furloughed some staff.  In a press release on Tuesday …
Discussion: The Hill, Essence and The Wrap
Charlie Beckett / Polis:
Sweden's national radio broadcaster is pairing journalists' pre-publication ratings of news stories with an algorithm to improve the personalization for users  —  How can we produce more relevant news stories and at the same time promote the values of outstanding public service journalism?
Freya Drohan / Daily Front Row:
Condé Nast hires its first-ever chief of diversity and inclusion officer, Yashica Olden, and reverses the pay cuts it implemented in April  —  Condé Nast has announced Yashica Olden as its global chief diversity and inclusion officer, a new role recently created by the legacy publishing company.
Discussion: WWD
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Portland tech news site Digital Trends has laid off at least 13 editorial staffers, including Lisa Marie Segarra, Meira Gebel, and Mathew Katz  —  Portland technology news site Digital Trends has laid off at least 13 editorial staffers.  —  Among those laid off was Lisa Marie Segarra …
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
ABC is instituting inclusion standards, overseen by Executive VP Simran Sethi, to increase inclusion of underrepresented groups on screen and behind the screen  —  Exec vp development and content strategy Simran Sethi has been working alongside entertainment president Karey Burke on the detailed protocols for a year.
 
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
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Janko Roettgers / Protocol:
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Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Axios is on target to make a profit in 2020, with ~$58M in revenue, up 30%+ YoY, due to sponsored-newsletter business that contributes 50%+ of revenue