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1:15 PM ET, October 8, 2020


 Top News: 
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Trump refuses to participate in second debate, saying “I'm not going to waste my time on virtual debate” because “they cut you off whenever they want”  —  President Donald Trump said Thursday that he would not participate in the second televised debate …
Lara Seligman / Politico:
During the vice presidential debate, Susan Page allowed both Pence and Harris to interrupt and didn't ask follow-up questions after they dodged her initial ones  —  Just a week after Fox News' Chris Wallace got roasted for ceding control to Donald Trump and Joe Biden on the debate stage …
Vincent Barone / New York Post:
A reporter and a freelance photographer were chased and assaulted at Orthodox Jewish protests in NYC against COVID-19 restrictions  —  An Orthodox reporter said he was attacked by an angry mob at a protest in Borough Park, Brooklyn, against coronavirus restrictions Wednesday night.
Alun John / Reuters:
Investment news site Motley Fool is shutting down Hong Kong operations, citing political uncertainty due to protests, new security law, and US-China relations  —  HONG KONG (Reuters) - Investment news site Motley Fool will shutter its Hong Kong operations due to the uncertain political outlook …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
NYT launches Pivotal, a program to provide marketing partners with research and guidance on the best ways to address sensitive issues like race, gender, tech  —  The New York Times is launching a new advertising insights program called “Pivotal” which will provide marketing partners with research …
Discussion: Adweek
Kali Hays / WWD:
California Sunday, owned by Pop-Up Magazine Productions, is ceasing publication, laying off about a dozen; union leaders are seeking a meeting to talk severance  —  Investor Emerson Collective is said to be pulling it's backing of the operation and its direct affiliate, Pop-Up magazine.
ProPublica to launch three regional reporting hubs, in the South, the Southwest, and the Midwest, for which it expects to add nearly 30 new positions  —  Nonprofit Newsroom Also Launches Distinguished Fellows Program to Support Local Investigative Journalism
Stephanie Sengwe / The Streamable:
Tubi launches News on Tubi, bringing linear channels to the service for the first time, with content from Bloomberg TV, NBC News Now, and 17 local Fox stations  —  After being acquired by Fox in March, Tubi continues widening its content offerings.  The ad-supported streaming service announced …
Discussion: Cord Cutters News
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK publisher Future says it plans to hire more than 150 people in the next three months, mostly in editorial  —  Future says it plans to make more than 150 new hires in the next three months, mostly in editorial, as it looks to expand despite Covid-19.  —  The majority of the new roles …
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Tyler Dawson / National Post:
Staff email: Canada's CBC is cutting 58 positions in its news, current affairs, and local news divisions, with most dealt with by retirement and attrition
Mary Snapp / Microsoft on the Issues:
Microsoft VP Mary Snapp details how the company is supporting journalism, including pilot projects that fund local newsrooms and offer pro bono legal help
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Gilad Edelman / Wired:
A group of tech companies, publishers, and advocates unveil Global Privacy Standard, to let users opt out of the sale of personal data at the browser level
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
BuzzFeed News pulled a correspondent from the White House press pool as safety concerns rose over COVID-19 at the White House; Politico sent a reporter instead
Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox News launches a book label, Fox News Books, through HarperCollins, with the first book written by Fox & Friends Weekend host Pete Hegseth