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8:05 AM ET, October 24, 2017

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Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Facebook testing News Feed change in six countries, moving non-promoted posts from Pages to a secondary feed, decreasing engagement for some media  —  New system could destroy smaller publishers if implemented, after journalists report drop in organic reach - but users will still see their friends' posts
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Adam Mosseri / Facebook Media:
Facebook says its News Feed test is about emphasis of personal stories, no plans to expand to more countries or ask publishers to pay for all distribution  —  There have been a number of reports about a test we're running in Sri Lanka, Bolivia, Slovakia, Serbia, Guatemala, and Cambodia.
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Megan Twohey / New York Times:
NY AG Eric Schneiderman opens civil rights inquiry into Weinstein Company, examining allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment, subpoenas documents
Jackie Strause / Hollywood Reporter:
On her show Megyn Kelly says she complained about O'Reilly's behavior in letter to Fox execs and criticized Fox's PR chief Irena Briganti  —  The NBC News host made the reveal before welcoming former Fox News host and O'Reilly accuser Juliet Huddy onto her Monday talk show.
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Maxwell Tani / Business Insider:
In NYT interview, O'Reilly calls accusers' allegations “bulls***”, lambasts the paper, and claims Eric Bolling's son died over allegations against his father  —  - The former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly blasted New York Times reporters who helped expose the sexual-harassment allegations against him.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
ESPN President John Skipper cancels Barstool Van Talk days after starting the program, says ESPN could not distance its efforts from Barstool site and content  —  ESPN launched “Barstool Van Talk” on ESPN2 in the hopes of harnessing the growing popularity of its backer, the raunchy Barstool Sports site, for its wee-hours schedule.
Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed:
Sources: Breitbart's Bannon says he won't work with Milo Yiannopoulos again after documents showed white nationalist ties  —  Breitbart News executive chairman Steve Bannon has told multiple people that he will never work with Milo Yiannopoulos again in the aftermath of a BuzzFeed News …
Discussion: Vanity Fair, Mediaite and @bernstein
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
As part of fake news inquiry, a UK MP has asked Facebook for info on ads, pages paid for by Russian-linked accounts around time of Brexit, general election vote  —  The Culture Committee chairman has written to Facebook asking for information on advertising and pages paid for by “Russian-linked” …
Andy Kroll / Mother Jones:
Profile of Sinclair Broadcasting, its ties to Trump and how it will increase its reach from 40% to 72% of US homes when its deal to acquire Tribune closes  —  One evening in July, David Smith, the executive chairman of Sinclair Broadcast Group, strolled into the newsroom at WJLA …
Discussion: Financial Times
Kimberly Pierceall / Virginian-Pilot:
Parent of Virginian-Pilot reducing staff of 543 by ~10% with buyouts, weighs outsourcing newsroom print design  —  In the face of a continuing decline in print revenue, the publisher of The Virginian-Pilot announced Monday that the company would offer voluntary buyouts to its most veteran employees …
Discussion: Forbes
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
CNN unveils new slogan, “Facts First” and launches a new promotional campaign which addresses the rise of fake news  —  CNN is throwing something new at people who have tried to portray it as a purveyor of so-called “fake news.”  —  In what may be one of the most distinctive …
Kevin Draper / New York Times:
Alex Mather, co-founder of The Athletic, says the sports site will make business extremely difficult for local newspapers, “bleed them dry” of their best talent  —  By the time you finish reading this article, the upstart sports news outlet called The Athletic probably …
 
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Julia Wallace / Arizona Republic:
Earlier female media leaders were complicit with sexual harassment because of silence: culture must change
Discussion: @naral
Agence France-Presse:
Thousands of protesters joined a rally in Malta on Sunday to demand justice for murdered journalist and anti-corruption blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia
Nataliya Vasilyeva / Associated Press:
Well-known Moscow journalist Tatyana Felgenhauer has been stabbed in the neck, the latest in a string of attacks on journalists
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
AT&T and Time Warner have agreed to extend the termination date of their proposed takeover deal, as they await approval from US regulators
Discussion: Adweek
Anna Clark / Columbia Journalism Review:
As during the AIDS epidemic, victims and families use obituaries to highlight the depth of the opioid crisis, particularly in news deserts
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Profile of Matthew Henick, head of BuzzFeed Motion Pictures, as the unit focuses on developing ideas for feature-length movies and TV series