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8:15 AM ET, November 18, 2020


 Top News: 
Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube is introducing audio-only ads for users who listen to music or podcasts in the background and letting advertisers buy ads targeted by mood  —  YouTube claims to be the world's biggest jukebox — and now it wants to wring more ad dollars from the platform's music fans.
Edmund Lee / New York Times:
Sources: News Corp is making a bid for Simon & Schuster; at least one offer for the publisher is for more than $1.7B, far above the minimum ViacomCBS had set  —  A sale of the venerable publisher of Stephen King and Hillary Clinton could fetch $1.7 billion and rev up consolidation in book publishing.
Aurelien Breeden / New York Times:
Radio France Internationale accidentally published about 100 prewritten obituaries for prominent people as it moved its site to a new content management system  —  Queen Elizabeth II, Pelé and Clint Eastwood were among about 100 celebrities briefly reported as dead online by French public radio.
Sources: Sinclair is considering selling the naming rights of its 21 regional sports networks, possibly to sports betting partners  —  Sinclair Broadcast Group is considering selling naming rights to the 21 regional sports networks it acquired from Disney, according to multiple people familiar with the plans.
After its management bought the outlet from Uzabase, Quartz says it had a record week of signups, adding ~1,200 paying members, for a total of 25,000+ globally  —  Quartz enjoyed its best week ever for membership last week, adding nearly 1,200 new members.  The wave of signups came …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
How Real Clear Politics took a sharp right turn after donations from funds used by wealthy conservatives soared and it made business ties with The Federalist  —  Real Clear Politics has been catering to campaign obsessives since 2000.  It pitches itself as a “trusted, go-to source” for unbiased polling.
Mandy Garner / Hacked Off:
A journalist and mother of a victim of a car accident describes how IPSO failed to punish Mail Online for posting a video of the fatal accident  —  At 9.45pm on 19th February my 20-year-old daughter Anisha was catapulted out of this world when a driver doing over 60mph in a 30mph zone drove …
Tim Baysinger / The Wrap:
Conan O'Brien says he is ending his late-night TBS show in June 2021, then launching a weekly variety series on HBO Max  —  Conan O'Brien will end his late-night series “Conan” on TBS next year, but he's not leaving the WarnerMedia family.  He will then launch a new weekly variety series on HBO Max.
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Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
A roundup of 22 media-related analyses on the 2020 US election, including immediate thoughts, reflections, and early research insights from leading academics
ProPublica selects six journalists for the inaugural edition of its Distinguished Fellows program, which will fund their salaries and benefits for three years
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Digital advertising service Outbrain launches newsletter curation app Listory, which includes 1,000+ newsletters and has a free tier and an ad-free, $5/mo. tier
New York Times:
Bookstores look to Obama's “A Promised Land” to buoy flagging sales; Crown has printed 3.4M copies for the US and Canada and 2.5M for international readers
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Clio Chang / Columbia Journalism Review:
Profile of Substack, whose founders insist it is a platform, not a media company, and say there is less need for moderation as readers opt in to newsletters