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4:50 PM ET, September 22, 2022

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Greg Burns / Local News Initiative:
Sources: Gannett is looking to sell 60+ of its nearly 500 publications, after having sold 100+ since 2020; parent GateHouse aims to cut $300M in annual costs  —  Earlier this month, Gannett's Michael Reed had an opportunity to set a new course for the nation's biggest newspaper company after disappointing financial results in August.
Rebecca Klar / The Hill:
A US Senate committee votes to approve the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act, letting news organizations jointly negotiate with big tech platforms  —  A bill that would let most news outlets collectively negotiate with dominant tech platforms for compensation to distribute …
Rick Porter / The Hollywood Reporter:
Nielsen says Amazon Prime Video's first Thursday Night Football game averaged 13.03M viewers; Amazon claimed 15.3M viewers after guaranteeing advertisers 12.5M  —  Nielsen says 13 million viewers watched the Sept. 15 contest on Prime Video and local over-the-air affiliates.
Eliza Mackintosh / CNN:
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi withdrew from a long-planned interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour after she declined his staff's demand to wear a head scarf  —  Iran's President cancels interview after Amanpour refuses head scarf demand  —  Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi withdrew …
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
The BBC, ITV, and Sky removed five pieces of video footage at the Queen's funeral, featuring members of the royal family, after a veto from Buckingham Palace  —  Exclusive: Five short pieces of video removed from circulation under agreement between broadcasters and Buckingham Palace
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Instagram, and now TikTok, have fallen afoul of the “Bootleg Ratio”, as clout-chasing accounts overtake content created by users specifically for each platform  —  TikTok is changing. … That stuff is still on the platform, but it's largely fallen off my For You page …
Voice of America:
In a 60-36 vote, the US Senate approves Amanda Bennett to head the US Agency for Global Media, which oversees Voice of America and other broadcasting entities  —  The U.S. Senate Thursday approved President Joe Biden's nominee to head the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) …
Discussion: @indira_l and USAGM
Hanaa' Tameez / Nieman Lab:
An interview with the authors of the book Meme Wars, on what journalists don't understand about the power of memes, damaging manipulation campaigns, and more  —  In 2019, after BuzzFeed and Verizon Media announced a combined 1,000 layoffs on the same day, many people who had shared their layoffs …
Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
Jake Tapper will host CNN's 9pm show from October 10 through the week of the November 8, as part of the network's programming lineup for the 2022 Midterms  —  John Berman, Brianna Keilar and Wolf Blitzer will fill in during the afternoons, with more changes to come.
Alistair Gray / Financial Times:
Daily Mail and General Trust CEO Paul Zwillenberg plans to step down, to be replaced by chair Jonathan Harmsworth, the great-grandson of Daily Mail's founder  —  Great-grandson of newspaper's founder and chair of DMGT will take charge at end of the month  —  The chief executive …
Manori Ravindran / Variety:
BBC Studios hires Vice Studios global president Kate Ward to oversee its factual portfolio, spanning its Natural History, Documentary, and Science units  —  Vice Studios global president Kate Ward is joining BBC Studios to oversee its factual portfolio, Variety can reveal.
Discussion: Deadline
Todd S. Purdum / New York Times:
Allan Siegal, a former assistant managing editor at the NYT who left a deep imprint on the newspaper's policies and practices, dies at 82  —  As a top editor who was both feared and revered at the newspaper for decades, he left a deep imprint as its arbiter of language, taste, tone and ethics.
 
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Kimi Yoshino / The Baltimore Banner:
The Baltimore Banner apologizes for an op-ed against pride and trans flags in public buildings; the outlet hired a public editor and will hire an opinion editor
Lea Mok / Hong Kong Free Press HKFP:
Ronson Chan, head of a Hong Kong journalist union, is granted bail to travel to UK for a Reuters Institute fellowship, after being arrested earlier in September
Discussion: The Guardian
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Committee to Protect Journalists:
The CPJ demands that Iran release photojournalist Yalda Moaiery, who was beaten, arrested, and imprisoned for covering anti-state protests in Tehran
Margi Murphy / Bloomberg:
Microsoft President Brad Smith says the company can't “use what others might consider censorship as a tactic” regarding labeling content that seems to be false
Washington Post:
Florida's attorney general asks the Supreme Court whether the First Amendment prohibits states from regulating how social media companies moderate content