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10:40 AM ET, October 14, 2020

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 Top News: 
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Insider Inc. is in talks to buy a controlling stake in newsletter startup Morning Brew, in a deal that values the company at $75M+  —  Startup Morning Brew has popular email newsletter on business and finance  —  Business Insider parent Insider Inc. is nearing a deal to acquire …
Columbia Journalism Review:
Survey of 1,406 journalists during COVID-19: 11% experienced censorship, 61% felt increased commitment to work, 70% affected by at least one austerity measure  —  A survey reveals the hardships of covering a life-or-death story—and what challenges will linger
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
NBC News to host a Trump town hall, moderated by Savannah Guthrie, on Thursday evening, at the same time ABC News is broadcasting a similar event with Biden  —  The dueling town halls were set in motion last week after Trump's presidential campaign refused to take part in the second …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
DOJ has sued a former adviser of Melania Trump, claiming she breached an NDA by publishing a scathing book; one expert called the suit an abuse of DOJ resources  —  The Justice Department on Tuesday sued Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former adviser and confidant of first lady Melania Trump …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sources: Bloomberg Media made $30M+ last year from its New Economy Forum, which makes up for more than half of the company's total live events business  —  Bloomberg's New Economy Forum, going virtual this year for the first time, is on track to challenge the likes of the World Economic Forum, The Aspen Ideas Festival and others.
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
How Dan Baum, a reporter who died last week, helped birth Media Twitter in 2009 by describing his experience working at New Yorker in a series of tweets  —  The journalist Dan Baum died last week.  I haven't found an obituary anywhere, but it's been confirmed by friends and former employers, like Harper's.
Ashley Spinks / @ashleyinfloyd:
[Thread] A reporter who ran a one-person weekly newsroom in Virginia says she was fired for giving an interview about owner Lee Enterprises' job cuts  —  An update: I got fired today for doing this interview. Less than 24 hours before the Press goes to print. The paper is not finished, don't know how it will be. On a personal level: it's 3 days before my wedding, which my superiors knew. They couldn't even wait for next week. 1/x https://twitter.com/...
Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
How The 1619 Project, a collection of provocative magazine articles about the ways slavery shaped our nation, helped fuel a culture war in an election year  —  One morning in mid-September, Nikole Hannah-Jones woke to a text message from a friend noting an unusual event on President Trump's schedule …
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google launches Journalist Studio, a suite of tech-powered tools, including Pinpoint, designed to help reporters work with large data sets  —  Google is putting A.I. and machine learning technologies into the hands of journalists.  The company this morning announced a suite of new tools …
Discussion: The Keyword and Engadget
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Spotify says Anchor creators in the US, UK, NZ, Canada, Australia, and Ireland can now add entire music tracks to their podcasts, as opposed to a brief sample  —  Listeners can save the songs for later, too  —  Spotify is tying podcasts and music close together.
Hollywood Reporter:
Top Bollywood filmmakers and industry unions file a lawsuit against two TV news channels spreading allegations following the suspected suicide of an actor  —  Stars including Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar have come together in a lawsuit against two news channels …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK's JPI Media says it had pre-tax loss of £47.7M in 2019 on revenue of £145.9M, of which £52.2M came from newspaper sales and £72.5M from advertising  —  Regional publisher JPI Media has revealed its first financial statement since buying Johnson Press' assets …
Discussion: HoldtheFrontPage
George Nguyen / Search Engine Land:
Google Analytics 4 launches with AI-powered insights, deeper integration with Google Ads, cross-device measurements, and more granular data controls  —  The new Analytics adds AI-powered insights, tracks users across devices and provides more granular data controls.
 
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
WordPress debuts a new tool that can take blog posts, including accompanying images and videos, and post them as Twitter threads automatically
Andrew Morse / CNET:
Flipboard launches Curator Pro, which provides Flipboard Magazine creators with metrics like a 30-day history of most-opened stories and most-shared stories
Discussion: Flipboard and Adweek
CNBC:
Facebook announces a global policy banning anti-vaccination ads but will allow ads that advocate for legislation around vaccination policies
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
Bon Appétit relaunches its YouTube channel with a diverse slate of new chefs after several hosts quit over allegations of racial inequity
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Stephanie Sengwe / The Streamable:
Netflix has stopped offering its 30-day free trial across all markets
Sara Fischer / Axios:
WaPo's new election modeling tool will help determine where votes remain uncounted and if election is too close to call, as outlets move away from calling races
Frank Pallotta / CNN:
AMC Theatres says existing cash resources would be “largely depleted” by the end of 2020 or early 2021 due to reduced movie slate and attendance, down 85% YoY
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