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5:40 PM ET, October 7, 2022


 Top News: 
Ben Strauss / Washington Post:
A look at the NYT's relationship with The Athletic; some NYT sports writers complained about Athletic reporters introducing themselves as NYT journalists  —  Not long after the New York Times bought the Athletic earlier this year, the founders of the popular sports website held an all-staff call.
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Report: if Canada passes its Online News Act, digital platforms could be forced to pay ~CA$329.2M per year to news publishers, covering ~30% of editorial costs  —  Google and Facebook could be forced to pay out CA$329.2m a year to Canada's news publishers after the country passes its Online News Act …
Sources: ESPN is nearing a large new partnership with DraftKings, the sports-betting company in which Disney has had a stake since 2019  —  Walt Disney Co.'s ESPN is nearing a large new partnership with sports-betting firm DraftKings Inc., according to people familiar with the matter.
Investigation finds a network of 51+ locally branded news sites across 10 midterm battleground states, linked to a progressive news outfit and a Democratic PAC  —  Writers for a D.C.-based media operation run by prominent Democratic operatives are behind a sprawling network …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Amazon has discussed selling discounted bundles of rival streaming services via Prime Video Channels; WBD discussed participating in rivals' bundles  —  In a crowded marketplace, Amazon, HBO Max and other streamers explore discounted packages and partnerships with rivals
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Critics must quit blasting Maggie Haberman for holding Trump stories for her book; she says she worked with editors to post scoops like the paper-clogged toilet  —  A traitor is defined as someone who “betrays another's trust or is false to an obligation or duty,” according to Merriam-Webster.
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Pluribus News, founded by longtime DC journalist Reid Wilson, debuts with six newsroom staffers aiming to cover policy trends at statehouses across the country  —  Numerous news start-ups have raced to fill a void of statehouse coverage.  Pluribus News is planning to report on the policy trends making …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Analysis: mentions of crime on Fox News surged after Biden's inauguration, with twice as many mentions on average as competitors CNN and MSNBC in 2021 and 2022  —  Fox News contributor Gianno Caldwell caught up with Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) outside an elevator in the Capitol.
Nancy Scola / Wired:
A look at Courier Newsroom, a network of eight left-leaning state news sites, that is intent on proving it is a journalism network, not just a political outfit  —  Former Democratic operative Tara McGowan is sinking millions into Meta's ad network to build Courier Newsroom, a media powerhouse for the left.
Rob Salkowitz / Publishers Weekly:
Whatnot, a marketplace focused on collector communities, announces a deal with Heavy Metal to publish nearly a dozen comics titles, starting in 2023  —  Whatnot, a startup ecommerce platform built around live-selling and collector communities, is expanding its reach into publishing by partnering …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Spotify names Nicole Beemsterboer as Gimlet's managing director, after Lydia Polgreen left to join the NYT as a columnist; Liliana Kim will be Parcast MD  —  Spotify has appointed new managing directors for its Gimlet and Parcast podcast studios — Nicole Beemsterboer and Liliana Kim …
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Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Study: 60% of US Twitter users don't follow political elites like politicians and media; conservatives are twice as likely as liberals to share in-group content
Angela Fu / Poynter:
About 80 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette staff in production and advertising went on strike after losing health insurance; NewsGuild members are withholding bylines
Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Brookfield Asset Management acquires a significant minority interest in publisher Primary Wave Music and commits $1.7B toward buying top acts' music rights
Taylor Lorenz / Washington Post:
Former reality TV star Bethenny Frankel sues TikTok, saying the platform failed to crack down on scam ads that used her videos to promote counterfeit products
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Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Publications owned by Alden Global Capital plan to stop endorsing US candidates in presidential, senate, and gubernatorial elections in their opinion pages
Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
Pew: 6% of US adults regularly get news on BitChute, Gab, Gettr, Parler, Rumble, Telegram, or Truth Social, but no one site drew over 2% of those seeking news