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1:05 PM 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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: @therecount and @yamiche
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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  —  The Philadelphia Inquirer will close its sprawling Montgomery County printing plant and shift production of its newspapers to a New Jersey contractor.
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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Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Netflix's hit show Narcos to stream on Pluto TV for free after ViacomCBS's ad-supported service won a bidding process for six months of rights
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
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
Discussion: @whatthebit
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: 
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
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