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6:55 PM ET, October 12, 2020


 Top News: 
Sarah Whitten / CNBC:
Disney announces a major reorg, says its “primary focus” for entertainment will be streaming, as the pandemic has dramatically impacted its theatrical business  —  - Disney is restructuring its media and entertainment divisions.  — In order to further accelerate it's direct …
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
As part of restructuring, Disney forms content groups for major film franchises, general entertainment, and sports, as well as a centralized distribution arm  —  Company forms content groups for major film franchises, general entertainment and sports, as well as centralized distribution arm
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.
Charlie Nash / Mediaite:
NYT Guild apologized on Sunday after denouncing an NYT column from Bret Stephens that said “the 1619 Project has failed”  —  The New York Times Guild apologized on Sunday after denouncing an article from New York Times columnist Bret Stephens.  —  On Friday, Stephen's criticized …
Davey Alba / New York Times:
Study: Facebook likes, comments, and shares from 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 …
Maria Arias / Axios:
WH Chief of Staff Mark Meadows refused to speak to reporters outside Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation hearing after they requested that he keep his face mask on  —  White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows refused to speak to reporters outside Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation hearing on Monday …
Washington Post:
Kat Downs Mulder named managing editor/digital of The Washington Post  —  The Washington Post today announced Kat Downs Mulder has been named managing editor/digital.  In this senior newsroom position, she will help ensure The Post is at the forefront of change in a rapidly evolving digital news environment.
Discussion: @sulliview, @wpjenna, @raju and @aboutaaron
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
NBCUniversal consolidates ad sales for its local stations and regional sports outlets under its ad-sales chief Linda Yaccarino  —  NBCUniversal consolidated ad sales for its local stations and regional sports outlets under its ad-sales chief Linda Yaccarino, adding to her duties at the large Comcast-controlled media conglomerate.
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
The media must keep its focus on Amy Coney Barrett and what her appointment could mean for millions of Americans, not flimsy Republican talking points  —  When Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died in mid-September, it was reasonable to expect that the Republican push to replace her on the Supreme Court …
Ginny Marvin / Search Engine Land:
Google adds YouTube to its Google Ads attribution reporting and expands its data-driven attribution model to more advertisers  —  Google has added YouTube in its Google Ads attribution reporting and is making its data-driven attribution model available to more advertisers.
Discussion: The Keyword and MediaPost
Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
Group Nine's mobile news brand NowThis launches an events franchise, with the inaugural online event, NowThis Next, scheduled for October 18  —  Netflix CMO Bozoma Saint John, Elizabeth Banks, Stacey Abrams and former Universal chief Donna Langley will also appear at NowThis Next, set for Oct. 18
Discussion: @whatthebit and @priyankamantha
Patrick Frater / Variety:
China's biggest game-streaming platforms Huya and DouYu agree to merge, creating a combined company with 300M+ MAUs, representing ~80% of the Chinese market  —  China's two largest games live streaming companies Huya and DouYu, both of which have U.S. share listings, are to merge.
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Kenneth P. Vogel / @kenvogel:
NYT internal email: July 6, 2021 is now the earliest date that the paper will require people to return to any of its offices worldwide
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Philadelphia Inquirer says it will close its Montgomery County printing plant, putting as many as 500 out of work, and shift to a NJ contractor to save costs
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
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
Discussion: @jbenton, @pilhofer, @jbenton and @niemanlab
 Earlier Picks: 
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Live sports streaming service fuboTV raised $183M in its IPO on Thursday, valuing the company at $620.2M
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