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4:15 PM ET, October 3, 2022


 Top News: 
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
Disney announces a Dish “handshake deal” to temporarily restore its cable networks to Dish Network and Sling TV, ending a two-day blackout as the two negotiate  —  Disney and Dish have taken a major step towards a new carriage agreement after their dispute led to the Disney networks …
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:
The US Supreme Court agrees to hear two Section 230-related cases involving terrorist content, Gonzalez v. Google and Twitter v. Taamneh, and rule by July 2023  —  The US Supreme Court will decide whether social media companies can be sued for hosting and recommending terrorist content …
John Koblin / New York Times:
How Dateline, NBC's 30-year-old true crime TV show, successfully expanded into several original podcast series, as well as podcasts from repurposed TV segments  —  The true crime storytelling that has done so well for so long on television seems to have met a moment in an entirely new medium.
The Citizen Lab:
Research: Mexican activists and reporters were hit by zero-click Pegasus attacks from 2019 to 2021, after Mexico's president said the country dumped the spyware  —  Key Takeaways  — Mexican digital rights organization R3D (Red en los Defensa de los Derechos Digitales) …
Timothy McLaughlin / The Atlantic:
A profile of trade publisher IPVM, which became a principal source of investigative reporting on China's surveillance state, working with major US news outlets  —  How did a trade publisher in Pennsylvania become a principal source of investigative journalism on the repressive apparatus Beijing uses against the Uyghurs?
Sarah E. Needleman / Wall Street Journal:
Fandom acquires TV Guide, GameSpot, Metacritic, and other outlets from Red Ventures, sources say for ~$55M in cash, growing its monthly users from 300M to ~350M  —  The entertainment company's deal follows a wave of consolidation in the publishing world  —  Entertainment company Fandom Inc …
Radley Balko / @radleybalko:
[Thread] Radley Balko is leaving The Washington Post's Opinion section on December 1 and launches a Substack on civil liberties and the criminal justice system  —  So after nine years, I'm being let go by the Washington Post. This is disappointing but not surprising. In recent years, the Opinion leadership has made it increasingly difficult to do the reporting & in-depth analysis I was hired to do — in favor of short, hot takes.
Bron Maher / Press Gazette:
Staff at UK left-wing news site The Canary say they have “overthrown” management and now run the publisher as a co-operative, after finding “gross inequalities”  —  Staff at The Canary say they have “overthrown” the left-wing news site's management and are now running the publisher as a co-operative.
Discussion: @mrtopple
Thom Geier / The Wrap:
Mark Pedowitz, the chairman and CEO of The CW for 11 years, plans to leave as Nexstar completes its acquisition of a 75% controlling stake in the network  —  Mark Pedowitz, who has served as chairman and CEO of The CW for the past 11 years, will be exiting the network as Nexstar completes …
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
A look at Lachlan Murdoch's lawsuit against Australia's Crikey, the irreverent, left-leaning outlet founded in 2000 to hold “the Murdoch empire to account”  —  As the Murdoch family contends with billion-dollar defamation suits tied to the 2020 election, Lachlan Murdoch …
Mikey O'Connell / The Hollywood Reporter:
Q&A with Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter, a year after selling Hello Sunshine to Candle Media, on upcoming shows, acquisition targets, #MeToo, and more  —  Hello Sunshine's top creative duo — and THR's TV Producers of the Year — on that $900 million sale, a rom-com renaissance …
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
A look at Spokane, Washington-based Range Media, a worker-owned local news outlet that says it's on track to reach ~2,000 members paying $10/month or $100/year  —  “Are we moving fast enough for the length of runway we have to lift off?  Or do we need to, you know, keep paving and quickly build more runway?
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Tina Isaac-Goizé / New York Times:
A look at the €500/year weekly newsletter Glitz Paris, launched this week in English and French to turn an investigative lens on the luxury fashion industry
 Earlier Picks: 
Ethan Shanfeld / Variety:
Governor Gavin Newsom signs The Decriminalizing Artistic Expression Act, which restricts the use of rap lyrics as evidence in criminal trials in California
Morgan Meaker / Wired:
A look at the fake online traffic business, as some ad exchanges look the other way and advertisers are embarrassed to admit they purchased fraudulent inventory
Discussion: @smashdawg
Angela Fu / Poynter:
A look at post-hurricane reporting challenges in Naples, Florida, like communicating with co-workers without a physical newsroom and when cell towers are down
Emily Baker-White / Forbes:
Web novel apps backed by ByteDance and Tencent are running hundreds of Facebook and Instagram ads showing sexual assault, violent erotica, and acts of self-harm