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10:50 PM ET, October 14, 2020


 Top News: 
BuzzFeed News:
Facebook limits the distribution of a New York Post story that makes disputed claims about Hunter Biden, pending fact-check, while Twitter blocks sharing  —  Facebook and Twitter said they will be limiting the distribution of or blocking a New York Post story making unverified claims about former vice president Joe Biden.
[Thread] Twitter clarifies why it blocked the sharing of NY Post's Biden story, saying it contained private info and violated its Hacked Materials Policy  —  We want to provide much needed clarity around the actions we've taken with respect to two NY Post articles that were first Tweeted this morning.
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
NBC sources say scheduling a Trump town hall head to head with ABC's Biden event was intended to match a similar forum Biden had Oct. 5, including the time slot  —  The candidates were set to debate on Thursday night until President Trump bowed out.  Now they will take part …
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 …
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
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
NYU releases a ranked list of 10 lasting works of journalism from the past decade, serving as a reminder of enduring, essential reporting  —  With so much news slamming us at every moment, it's hard to see any of it as having enduring value.  Who can even remember what happened last week?
Jack Mirkinson / Discourse Blog:
Discourse Blog leaves Substack to start its own independent website, following an announcement in September  —  Welcome to the all-new Discourse Blog.  —  Welcome to Discourse Blog.  Again.  —  We've made something of a habit of introducing and reintroducing ourselves, and now …
The Daily Beast:
Current and former Fox News staffers say its new Election Integrity Project is designed to reinforce and amplify Trump's erroneous accusations about voter fraud  —  ‘PROMOTING DOUBT’ … A seemingly innocuous project to chronicle “election irregularities” feels like “an attempt to push …
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Amazon expands NFL coverage with the addition of one new wildcard playoff game on Amazon Prime Video, sharing the Jan. 10 game with ViacomCBS platforms  —  Amazon Prime Video to carry one new wildcard playoff game, which also will be available on ViacomCBS platforms
Jordan Robertson / Bloomberg:
Report: Macedonian town notorious for churning out misinformation in 2016 is again hosting popular websites purporting to be US conservative news outlets  —  - Town in North Macedonia now home to deceptive right-wing sites  — Fake addresses used to make sites appear American, report says
Discussion: Rapid Response and The Daily Beast
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David Sivak / Washington Examiner:
Washington Examiner hires Greg Wilson as its managing editor; Wilson was previously the managing editor at
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
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
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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
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
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
Discussion: Talking Biz 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+
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
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