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11:40 AM ET, September 25, 2020

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New York Times:
A judge dismissed a defamation suit against Fox News host Tucker Carlson by Karen McDougal, saying his program uses “exaggeration” and “nonliteral commentary”  —  Fox News won a legal victory on Thursday after a federal judge dismissed a defamation suit brought …
Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
On Thursday, major papers buried Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power as the NYT ran the story on A15, WaPo and WSJ on A4, and LAT on A6  —  President Donald Trump yesterday refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power after the November election.
James Queally / Los Angeles Times:
Los Angeles County DA declines to prosecute KPCC reporter Josie Huang, arrested and accused of interfering with an arrest the night two deputies were shot  —  A KPCC reporter who was slammed to the ground and accused of interfering with an arrest the night two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies …
Samantha Conti / WWD:
Wolfgang Blau, COO at Condé Nast and president of Condé Nast International, is stepping down after five years at the company  —  His is the latest in a string of high-profile departures from the organization, which has been consolidating its U.S. and U.K. operations.
John Hudson / Washington Post:
State Department: Trump admin rescinded award it gave to a Finnish journalist after discovering she'd criticized Trump, then gave a false reason for its actions  —  The Trump administration rescinded an award recognizing the work of a journalist from Finland last year after discovering …
Nieman Lab:
Reuters Institute study: EU local news publishers are moving away from chasing broad reach and toward building paying audiences, changing how some use Facebook  —  “Look, I know you got that Facebook comment, but it's the vocal minority.  There's a silent majority who are actually paying for our work."
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Sources: Penske Media paid ~$225M for an 80% stake in PMRC, while MRC, publishers of the Hollywood Reporter will retain a ~20% stake  —  Wednesday's merger of the publishers behind two rival Hollywood magazines — The Hollywood Reporter and Variety — was billed as a joint venture.
Discussion: Flashes & Flames, The Wrap and Adweek
David Robb / Deadline:
The Future of Local News Commission Act, which would create a commission to examine effects of news deserts on US democracy, was introduced Thursday in Senate  —  Hoping to save local news outlets whose advertising revenues have plummeted during the coronavirus pandemic …
Discussion: Pulitzer Center and @brianstelter
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Ahead of US elections, YouTube says it is including info panels under videos about voting by mail, pointing viewers to a report by the Bipartisan Policy Center  —  Official candidate info will also appear in searches  —  YouTube is stepping up its measures against misinformation around the upcoming US election.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Interview with Wattpad Studios head Aron Levitz on using AI to understand the popularity of stories that the company adapts into movies, TV shows, and books  —  Wattpad Studios head Aron Levitz and his team comb through the contributions of more than 4 million writers from around the world on the platform.
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Twitter says its test to prompt users to read articles before retweeting was a success, with users opening articles 40% more and sometimes opting not to retweet  —  Twitter's experiment to get people to actually read the content they're sharing is going so well the company plans to expand it to the platform at large “very soon.”
Wikimedia Foundation:
China blocks Wikimedia Foundation's accreditation to the World Intellectual Property Organization, a UN group that develops treaties on copyright, IP, and more  —  World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Headquarters (the Árpád Bogsch Building also known as the Main Building) in Geneva, Switzerland.
The Guardian:
Harold Evans, an investigative journalist for 70 years, newspaper editor, magazine founder, and book publisher, died Wednesday at 92  —  Legendary British-American media figure was behind major investigations including exposure of thalidomide scandal  —  Sir Harold Evans …
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Alan Rusbridger / The Guardian:
The circumstances that led Harold Evans to become a leader in journalism are unlikely to recur: at the Times, he had time, resources, and an “apolitical” owner
 
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Washington City Paper:
The Washington City Paper says it's temporarily moving from a weekly to monthly print schedule, “in an effort to protect staff and salaries as best we can”
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
INN: on average, nonprofit newsrooms are 68% white, 9% Black, 9% Hispanic; two-thirds don't have POC execs; in 2019, for every 10 Black staff hired, seven left
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify and Chernin Entertainment agree to a multi-year partnership for Chernin to develop movies and TV shows based on Spotify's podcasts
Wall Street Journal:
E. W. Scripps to buy ION Media for $2.65B, roughly doubling its TV station footprint; Berkshire Hathaway will invest $600M in Scripps to help finance the deal
Laura Wagner / VICE:
Employees blast Alden-backed Tribune Publishing Company after it sent an email phishing test to staffers that promised bonuses; the company has apologized