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10:55 AM ET, September 12, 2017


 Top News: 
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Facebook has pulled Instant Articles off Messenger, says it's now focusing its resources on Instant Articles on its core app  —  While Facebook prepares to offer readers a way to subscribe and pay for news directly from inside its app, the social network continues to tinker with how it presents publishers' content elsewhere.
Graham Ruddick / The Guardian:
Murdoch's Sky takeover bid faces six-month investigation after the UK's Culture Secretary Karen Bradley announced she's referring it to the competition watchdog  —  Culture secretary says she is minded to refer £11.7bn deal to regulator over media plurality and broadcasting standards
Sam Biddle / The Intercept:
Amid unanswered questions on reach, content of Russian ads, Zuckerberg should testify before Congress on how Facebook can be used to influence political process  —  Last week, after what must have been a series of extremely grim meetings in Menlo Park, Facebook admitted publicly that part …
Dan Merica / CNN:
Hope Hicks named permanent White House communications director  —  Washington (CNN)Hope Hicks, who was named interim White House communications director in August, will now hold the job on a permanent basis, a White House spokesperson told CNN Tuesday.  —  Hicks, a longtime aide …
Discussion: Variety, The Wrap, AOL, Refinery29 and The Week
Amol Sharma / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Discovery, Viacom, A+E Networks, AMC Networks, Scripps to launch streaming service without sports called Philo at $20/month in coming weeks  —  Discovery, Viacom, A+E Networks, AMC Networks, Scripps band together for new service  —  People who are tired of paying for TV sports channels …
Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab:
Pew survey: nearly half of US adults have high distrust of information sources, especially news organizations, and low interest in improving digital literacy  —  News organizations often tend to see their “readers” as one monolithic group whose members have similar needs and respond to the same kinds of stories.
Discussion: Pew Research Center
Max Kutner / Newsweek:
RT says people associated with the US arm of its media network were asked to register as foreign agents by US Department of Justice  —  The United States Department of Justice has apparently asked people associated with the American arm of RT, formerly Russia Today, to register as foreign agents, the media outlet said on Monday.
Discussion: RT and Washington Examiner
The FBI is investigating Sputnik News Agency for violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act; agency questioned site's former White House correspondent
Felix Gillette / Bloomberg:
The Hill is expanding into original programming, with plans to launch comedy, morning news, and nightly opinion shows  —  Publication to launch comedy show, 'Morning Joe'-type talkfest  —  Owner says moves part of reinvention, not faddish dalliance  —  The Hill, a news publication long known …
John Williams / New York Times:
Interview with Ian Buruma, new editor of The New York Review of Books, on maintaining quality, adding fresh eyes about ideology, and finding younger writers  —  Some shoes are harder to fill than others.  Robert Silvers, the editor synonymous with The New York Review of Books …
Stewart Clarke / Variety:
21st Century Fox backs legal challenge to CBS' bid for Australia's Ten Network; opponents say alternative bid from Murdoch, and another company not considered  —  21st Century Fox has thrown its weight behind a legal challenge to CBS' proposed deal for Australian free-TV network Ten …
Tony Biasotti / Columbia Journalism Review:
How the San Francisco Chronicle became profitable again and gained respect: better economy, lean-years cutbacks, experiments, a commitment to watchdog reporting  —  The San Francisco Chronicle is for sale inside a newspaper box on October 13, 2013 in San Francisco.
Discussion: Talking New Media
Indira Lakshmanan / Poynter:
Lack of public audits on recent editorial failures by CNN and Fox News erode viewers' trust and raises questions about their processes  —  In a nondescript training room above the newsroom in the old New York Times building, five reporters, two researchers and two editors labored around …
Discussion: @indira_l
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The Emerson Collective funded a full-time rural reporter for the Texas Observer, as important-but-neglected rural reporting dwindles across the nation
Trudy Lieberman / Columbia Journalism Review:
Healthcare reporters say they experience new difficulties covering their beat under Trump's DHHS, including insufficient or nonexistent responses to questions
Stewart Clarke / Variety:
European pay TV operator Sky rolls out low-cost streaming service in Spain; it will feature US cable and network shows like The Walking Dead
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Katie Roof / TechCrunch:
Uber's new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is stepping down from the New York Times' board of directors, citing his new role as the reason
Discussion: Fast Company
John Patrick Pullen / Fortune:
How Oregon-based amateur photographer Kristi McCluer captured golfers playing in front of the Eagle Creek wildfire