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8:40 AM ET, October 12, 2020


 Top News: 
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Behind the reporting and editing process that led to NYT's Caliphate, which was almost canned after it was publicly announced due to uncorroborated stories  —  A top editor is now reviewing Rukmini Callimachi's reporting on terrorism, which turned distant conflicts into accessible stories but drew criticism from colleagues.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
NYT's Caliphate, under internal review, included an odd storytelling sequence and possible exploitation of a Yazidi girl put on the phone with an alleged rapist
The Information:
Sources: Katzenberg pitched Apple, WarnerMedia, and Facebook about buying Quibi, but so far had no takers; Quibi has between 400K and 500K subscribers now  —  Six months after launching his revolutionary video-streaming service, Quibi, Hollywood mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg is looking for a buyer.
Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:
Twitter announces changes to clamp down on US election misinfo, like blocking retweets of misleading content from candidates and accounts with 100K+ followers  —  Move is latest escalation of anti-misinformation measures in run-up to presidential vote  —  Twitter has announced …
Sarah Jacob / Bloomberg:
Google halts plans to launch News Showcase in Australia, says it isn't clear if the product will be viable under the country's draft News Media Bargaining code  —  Google has halted plans to launch its ‘News Showcase’ product in Australia as the tech company isn't clear if it will be viable under …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Interview with James Murdoch on why he “pulled the rip cord” by resigning from News Corp board, declining a role at Disney, not watching Succession, and more  —  Increasingly uncomfortable with News Corp's politics and profit motives, Rupert's younger son chose chickens and sheep over Fox …
Robert Gearty / Fox News:
Two Daily Caller reporters say they were beaten with nightsticks by police as they reported on an anti-police protest Thursday night in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin  —  ‘It was excessive force for sure,’ Shelby Talcott said  —  Fox News Flash top headlines for October 9
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Five suspended USAGM officials are suing it, CEO Michael Pack, and some senior aides, alleging they're breaking the law by pursuing a Pro-Trump agenda for VOA  —  Five suspended officials at the U.S. Agency for Global Media are suing the agency, its new CEO and several of his most senior aides …
Davey Alba / New York Times:
Study: Facebook likes, comments, and shares from news outlets that routinely publish misinformation roughly tripled from Q3 2016 to Q3 2020 to 1.8B interactions  —  During the 2016 presidential election, Russian operatives used Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media platforms …
Karen Hao / MIT Technology Review:
As deepfakes make their way into broadcast-quality productions, filmmakers and artists are facing new questions like how to cast the right actors for a deepfake  —  In 2019, two multimedia artists, Francesca Panetta and Halsey Burgund, set about to pursue a provocative idea.
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Despite critiques of horse race journalism, news outlets should make poll-based election forecasts as part of their duty to keep readers informed  —  There's good evidence that some people find predictive models like FiveThirtyEight's confusing, and an argument that they might keep people from voting.
Discussion: @jbenton, @pilhofer, @jbenton and @niemanlab
Gina Kolata / New York Times:
New England Journal of Medicine condemns Trump in its first-ever political editorial, following Scientific American's first-ever presidential endorsement  —  Editors at the world's leading medical journal said the Trump administration “took a crisis and turned it into a tragedy.”
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Live sports streaming service fuboTV raised $183M in its IPO on Thursday, valuing the company at $620.2M  —  The initial public offering raised $183 million and valued the company at $620.2 million.  —  The stock of streaming service fuboTV rose in its market debut on Thursday.
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Yvonne Leow / RJI Stories:
The mixed results from the surge in local news grants indicate that funders and founders need a clearer funding pipeline, perhaps mirroring VC tech funding
Lauren Harris / Columbia Journalism Review:
The decline of local news outlets has also impacted epidemiologists, who depend on them as an important resource to monitor and prevent disease outbreaks
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Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
A look at The Lancet's past editorial decisions, like the infamous study linking vaccines and autism, and the stakes of publishing research during the pandemic
Emily Flitter / New York Times:
Profile of Matt Levine, whose newsletter on Bloomberg, Money Stuff, has ~150K subscribers and mixes deadpan humor with technical explanations