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8:45 PM ET, September 23, 2018


 Top News: 
Nellie Bowles / New York Times:30 minutes ago
Julia Angwin and Jeff Larson are starting The Markup, a news site to cover big tech using data science, with a $20M gift from Craig Newmark and other funding  —  The Markup, dedicated to investigating technology and its effect on society, will be led by two former ProPublica journalists.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: digital publisher Vox Media will struggle to achieve double-digit percentage revenue growth this year, likely missing its goal by more than 15%  —  Other digital-media firms have struggled to live up to ambitious growth goals in a challenging online ad market
Isaac Chotiner / Slate:
Interview with NYT reporter Michael Schmidt about evaluating and protecting sources in his latest story on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein  —  In a blockbuster story in Friday's New York Times, Adam Goldman and Michael S. Schmidt reported that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein …
Tiago Ramos Alfaro / Bloomberg:
UK's Takeover Panel says Comcast emerged as the highest bidder in the auction for Sky, offering $39B  —  Comcast Corp. offered 17.28 pounds per share in auction for Sky Plc, topping 21st Century Fox's bid at 15.67 pounds per share, the U.K. Takeover Panel announced in a statement on Saturday.
The Daily Beast:
Sources detail Andy Lack's mishandling of sexual misconduct allegations at Sony Music and how he and other NBC News execs mishandled #metoo stories and cases  —  A Sony executive who sent porn to women at work.  An alleged harasser who reviewed NBC's Weinstein story.
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
CNN political commentator Jason Miller has left the network after court docs allege he secretly administered abortion pills to ex-lover; Miller denies claims  —  Pro-Trump CNN political commentator Jason Miller announced Saturday that he has “decided to step away” from the network …
Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed News:
Profile of Marc Randazza, a lawyer who advocates for the online free speech of clients that include neo-Nazis and white supremacists  —  The new speech wars are a push and pull between individuals, governments, and platforms.  At the center of this is attorney Marc Randazza, fighting for Nazis, satanists, and unapologetic trolls.
Nyay Bhushan / Hollywood Reporter:
Q&A: Amazon Prime Video India head Vijay Subramaniam on Indian content for worldwide audiences, sparking conversation, and passing on film production for now  —  Led by Vijay Subramaniam, the service has been aggressively ramping up its slate with a mix of fiction and unscripted shows …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple delayed launch of a streaming video service twice, most recently until March, and spiked a Dr. Dre series as it seeks less edgy content  —  The tech giant wants to make scripted shows for streaming, only without violence, politics and risqué story lines
Mary Louise Kelly / NPR:
After a visit to North Korea, NPR's Mary Louise Kelly recounts all the ways that her North Korean minder acted as a one-man journalism prevention service  —  If, on a recent Wednesday morning, you had happened to find yourself in the cavernous lobby of Pyongyang's Yanggakdo Hotel …
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Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Q&A with Brooke Masters, FT's Comment and Analysis editor about her efforts to diversify the paper's opinion section
Joe Mandese / MediaPost:
Report: U.S. Ad Market Expands 6.1% In First Half, 2018 Poised To Break $200 Billion Mark
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David Beard / Poynter:
How Golf Digest helped to free a wrongfully convicted man who spent 27 years in prison after he wrote the magazine about his collection of golf course drawings
Howard R. Gold / Columbia Journalism Review:
Ten years after the Recession, journalists acknowledge missing the big story tying subprime housing loans to complex derivatives, but say they learned lessons
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
PayPal says it has banned all Infowars-related sites for promoting hate or discriminatory intolerance against certain communities and religions
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: as financial pressures rise, Mic Network is considering an acquisition offer from a media company, among other strategic options