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11:15 AM ET, October 6, 2022


 Top News: 
Brendan Vaughan / Fast Company:
Fast Company brings its site, Inc, and Mansueto back online after eight days, saying a cyberattack hit its CMS and no customer or advertiser info was disclosed  —  Eight days.  That's how long was offline after we were targeted in a cyberattack, first on the afternoon of Sunday …
Dawn Chmielewski / Reuters:
Spotify acquires Kinzen, which identifies misinformation and hate speech; the Dublin-based company partnered with Spotify in 2020, initially on election content  —  Audio-streaming service Spotify Technology SA (SPOT.N) on Wednesday said it has acquired Kinzen, a firm that has helped it identify harmful content on the platform.
Chicago Sun Times:
The Chicago Sun-Times, which became a nonprofit newsroom in January, drops its paywall and launches a donation-based digital membership program  —  We're dropping our paywall and making it free to read the news — but we're still counting on your support.  —  In recent years …
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
An interview with Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke on the company's big The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power bet and plans to invest more in film and TV  —  Jennifer Salke entered the Second Age in London.  —  The head of Amazon Studios spent the 72 hours leading up to the launch of …
John Eggerton / Next TV:
In a letter to the FCC, Nancy Pelosi and Frank Pallone raise concerns that the Standard General-Tegna merger will restrict local news access, cut jobs, and more  —  House lawmakers urge FCC to keep digging into deal, including impact on retrans fees  —  Two of the top Democrats in the House …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter makes notes on tweets from its crowdsourced fact-checking program Birdwatch visible to all US users  —  After last month's expansion of Twitter's crowdsourced fact-checking program known as Birdwatch, Twitter announced this morning the notes fact-checkers leave on tweets will now be visible to all U.S. users.
Chris Lehmann / The Nation:
Maggie Haberman's book focuses on Donald Trump's individualized rise to power, glossing over the media's role in creating and perpetuating his brand  —  The book's focus on an individualized rise to power lets the American media, political system, and cult of entrepreneurship off the hook.
Kelsey Weekman / BuzzFeed News:
Carl Azuz, the host of a 10-minute CNN news show for middle and high school students over the past 14 years, left the network and is building a TikTok following  —  For over a decade, Carl Azuz has been the face of the news for millions of students.  —  For the past 14 years, Carl Azuz …
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Chloe Melas / CNN:
Alec Baldwin and Rust Productions settle with Halyna Hutchins' family after the cinematographer was killed on set in 2021; production resumes in January 2023  —  The family of Halyna Hutchins, the cinematographer killed on the “Rust” movie set in 2021, and Alec Baldwin have reached …
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Ted Gioia / The Honest Broker:
A look at the trend toward nostalgia in music coverage and in fans' favorite songs, which are now almost set in stone, as funding for music journalism dwindles
Sources: SoftBank weighs a sale of its stake in Spanish-language TV broadcaster TelevisaUnivision, as the Japanese conglomerate unloads assets amid a tech slump
Bill Girdner / Courthouse News Service:
Austin's Travis County District Court becomes the first Texas state court to let journalists access new civil complaints as they are received electronically
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Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
A look at Russian-language news startup Helpdesk, a team of ~50 Russian and Ukrainian journalists answering questions on the invasion, mobilizations, and more
Nieman Lab:
A study interviewing 64 US political journalists found many view their outlets' political endorsements as ineffective and jeopardizing editorial independence
Caitlin Huston / The Hollywood Reporter:
Meta plans to shut down its newsletter subscription service Bulletin by early 2023; the Substack competitor launched in January 2021 and now has 120+ writers