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8:20 PM ET, September 19, 2022


 Top News: 
Brian Witte / Associated Press:
Baltimore judge orders the release of Adnan Syed, whose 1999 murder trial gained widespread attention from the Serial podcast, after overturning his conviction  —  A Baltimore judge on Monday ordered the release of Adnan Syed after overturning Syed's conviction for the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee …
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
UK broadcasters, radio stations, digital platforms, outdoor ad companies, and others are set to lose revenue due to an ad blackout during the Queen's funeral  —  Block on adverts around coverage will hit broadcasters hard and could cancel out payday for newspapers from extra sales
K.J. Yossman / Variety:
Paramount-owned Channel 5 was the only UK broadcaster not to show any royal-related coverage during the Queen's funeral, instead showing The Emoji Movie  —  While BBC One, BBC Two and ITV broadcast the funeral live and Channel 4 showed a documentary on the Queen, Channel 5 instead broadcast …
Mark Stenberg / Adweek:
Internal email: Bustle Digital Group is shuttering its tech title Input and wil lay off 19 staffers, including 10 at pop culture outlet Mic  —  The downturn in the digital advertising market has affected yet another publisher, marking at least the third official round of layoffs prompted by the slowdown since May.
Knight Foundation:
Knight Foundation announces $4.75M in funding to the Institute for Nonprofit News, $2.85M to LION Publishers, and $2.01M to CUNY's Center for Community Media  —  Knight commits more than $9 million to uplift vital networks for nonprofit, for-profit, diverse local news publishers
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Mainstream media still refuses to call the MAGA movement a far-right cult, even after Trump's Ohio rally with one-armed salutes and a QAnon soundtrack  —  Donald Trump has gone full QAnon.  As he spoke during a rally for Ohio Republican candidates on Saturday, a soundtrack associated with the conspiracy theory played.
Nicole Sperling / New York Times:
After Will Smith's Oscar slap, sources detail Apple's dilemma over releasing Emancipation, the $120M Civil War drama starring Smith that wrapped earlier in 2022  —  The Civil War drama “Emancipation” finished filming early this year.  Now, Apple faces a quandary on what to do with the movie.
Sources detail growing pains at LA Times relating to its billionaire owner Dr. Soon-Shiong, as he and his family face allegations of meddling with coverage  —  This past May, a young reporter for the Los Angeles Times working a weekend shift filed a 190-word story about people suspected …
Sandra E. Garcia / New York Times:
A profile of GQ editor Will Welch, appointed in 2019, as he tries to revitalize the storied men's magazine and reflect a “new masculinity” in the post-MeToo age  —  When he got the job as top editor, a friend told him, “Yikes.”  Now, with an assist from Brad Pitt, he has remade the men's magazine for the post-#MeToo age.
Jem Aswad / Variety:
Sources: YouTube's Chief Business Officer Robert Kyncl is the frontrunner to become the next CEO of Warner Music when he leaves in 2023  —  When YouTube chief business officer Robert Kyncl announced late last month that he'll be leaving the company after 12 years in the job …
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Lizette Chapman / Bloomberg:
Conservative video platform Rumble, backed by Peter Thiel, closed up 39.62% after going public via a SPAC merger at a $2.1B valuation, raising $400M  —  Rumble Inc., the conservative video network backed by billionaire Peter Thiel, became a publicly traded company Monday through a deal …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Sunday morning talk shows, once an integral part of the Beltway news ecosystem, are scrambling to tweak their format as ratings decline and VIP guests stay away  —  After declining ratings and an exodus of VIP guests, these Washington institutions are looking for ways to tweak an old format
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 More News: 
Errin Haines / The 19th:
A survey of 20,799 US adults: 63% agree news is critical to democracy but 31% feel coverage almost never accurately reflects issues faced by people like them
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
WSJ names editor Elena Cherney as its new Chief News Editor; Coverage Chief for Speed & Trending Kimberly Johnson will also act as Deputy Chief News Editor
Marvin Olasky / Current:
World's former EIC writes about his November 2021 resignation, after the Christian outlet's board launched an “opinion section” to embrace Trumpist conspiracies
Will Pritchard / The Guardian:
The UK's independent radio stations that consoled listeners during lockdowns and sustained musicians, like Worldwide FM and Threads, struggle under rising costs
 Earlier Picks: 
Bill McKibben / New Yorker:
Vermont's new and legacy local news sites, radio stations, and newspapers show that the decline of serious local journalism is not as inevitable as some imagine
Jim Milliot / Publishers Weekly:
Association of American Publishers: book industry sales rose 12.3% YoY to $29.33B in 2021; ebooks sales fell 5% to $1.97B; audiobook sales grew 12.8% to $1.75B
Dylan Byers / Puck:
CNN's revamped morning show led by Don Lemon reveals linear media's hard new reality: in a post-Maddow, post-Cuomo world, it's no longer all about primetime