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3:00 PM ET, October 2, 2020


 Top News: 
Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
Sources: Fox News agreed to pay a former assistant of Kimberly Guilfoyle more than $4M to settle a complaint about Guilfoyle's sexually inappropriate behavior  —  As President Donald Trump heads into the 2020 elections, he faces a daunting gender gap: according to a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
It's no secret that a culture of lies permeates this White House, so reporters need to press for documentation and statements from credible medical experts  —  With President Trump apparently struck by covid-19 a month before a critical election and after 200,000 American deaths from the disease …
David Greene, a host of NPR's Morning Edition for eight years, is leaving the show; the broadcaster will start a nationwide search for a successor  —  After 8 years as host of Morning Edition, David Greene is stepping back from hosting to focus on other projects.
Jason Lynch / Adweek:
AMC+, AMC Networks' streaming service, is available without a cable subscription for the first time as it debuts on Apple TV Channels and Prime Video Channels  —  Networks AMC, BBC America, IFC and SundanceTV go direct-to-consumer for first time  —  AMC+ subscribers will get early access …
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 …
Irina Slavina, EIC of Russian news outlet Koza Press, died after setting herself on fire in front of a government office after police searched her apartment  —  Irina Slavina dies following self-immolation she blamed on Russian Federation  —  A Russian journalist has died after setting herself …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Vice Media names Nadja Bellan-White as its first global CMO  —  Bellan-White, previously based in the U.K., will work from Vice's Brooklyn headquarters and will report to CEO Nancy Dubuc.  She starts at the end of October.  —  With Bellan-White's appointment, current Vice CMO Guy Slattery …
UK's Independent is launching Independent en Español, a Spanish-language website aimed at the US market, its biggest, starting with translated articles  —  The Independent this week announced the launch of Independent en Español, a new website created to serve the Hispanic audience …
Discussion: @raju
Aarian Marshall / Wired:
Library checkouts of ebooks are up 52% YoY since March as libraries pay an average of $40 per copy due to publisher restrictions limiting library lending  —  Checkouts of digital books from a popular service are up 52 percent since March.  Publishers say their easy availability hurts sales.
Jill Goldsmith / Deadline:
SCOTUS agrees to hear case to decide whether the FCC can repeal or modify media ownership rules in its attempt to relax restrictions on local media ownership  —  The U.S. Supreme Court Friday said it has agreed to hear a longstanding case dealing with the FCC's attempt to relax restrictions on local media ownership.
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 …
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 …
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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
Irving Washington / Online News Association:
Online News Association, OpenNews, and the Maynard Institute announce the Vision25 initiative to build anti-racist and collaborative newsrooms
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
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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
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
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Questions have arisen before about the reporting of NYT's Rukmini Callimachi, whose work faces review after charges against a character in her Caliphate podcast
Francesca Chambers / @fran_chambers:
The Commission on Presidential Debates says it is considering adding “additional structure” to the format “to ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues”