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11:55 AM ET, October 11, 2018

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Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Johnston Press, which owns almost 200 regional newspapers and has spent 18 months trying to refinance its £220M debt, has put itself up for sale  —  Struggling publisher seeks offers after lengthy refinancing talks with bondholders  —  Johnston Press, which has titles include the i newspaper …
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Washington Post fact-checks Trump's USA Today opinion piece on Medicare-For-All, finds most sentences contain a “misleading statement or falsehood”  —  President Trump wrote an opinion article for USA Today on Oct. 10 regarding proposals to expand Medicare to all Americans …
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Sara Boboltz / HuffPost:
USA Today editorial page editor Bill Sternberg says Trump's healthcare op-ed was fact-checked and Trump was given wide leeway to express his opinion  —  USA Today defended the column, saying it had fact-checked the president's claims.  —  USA Today on Wednesday published an opinion piece credited …
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Civil Media has had difficulty raising money with a weak demand for its blockchain tokens and lack of major news partners  —  Startup is falling short of its funding goal, as major news organizations pass on partnerships and one of its co-founders criticizes company
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Following Jamal Khashoggi murder, the NYT withdraws as a media partner of Saudi Arabia's investment conference as CNN, CNBC, and FBN reevaluate the matter  —  The headline on a recent story in The Post confirms the enormity of the ongoing international crisis for Saudi Arabia: “Saudis are said to have lain in wait for Jamal Khashoggi.”
Discussion: NPR, The Daily Caller and New York Post
Jason Schwartz / Politico:
Press freedom advocates are worried about Trump's weak statements on the Khashoggi case, which they feel will endanger journalists working overseas
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Manhattan prosecutors charge IBT and Christian Media with defrauding lenders of ~$10M to keep Newsweek afloat  —  Prosecutors say $10 million scheme provided funds to help keep company afloat  —  Newsweek's former parent company has been charged by Manhattan prosecutors with carrying …
Dawn C. Chmielewski / Deadline:
Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman say their new mobile video startup is called Quibi; Guillermo del Toro and Jason Blum are both creating shows for it  —  Media mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg and veteran tech executive Meg Whitman used the prominent platform of Vanity Fair's New Establishment Summit …
New York Magazine:
New York Mag relaunches Intelligencer, bringing together the Daily Intelligencer and Select All brands with expanded coverage and 2038, a limited-run podcast  —  Welcome to the new Intelligencer.  We're adding a lot of things to the site today, and we'll get to those in a minute …
Discussion: MediaPost and Intelligencer
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: Apple plans to make content it owns free to device owners as part of its forthcoming TV service, launching early next year  —  - Apple is planning to mix free original content with subscription “channels” to existing digital video services on its “TV” application.
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Jessica Pels named editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan and Redbook goes digital-only as of January as Hearst undergoes editorial restructuring that will cut 35 jobs  —  Jessica Pels has been elevated to editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan as part of a sweeping editorial shake-up at the Hearst magazine empire.
Discussion: WWD, Fashionista, Adweek, Fortune and Jezebel
 
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Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Pocket update makes listening to articles a more prominent feature as it adopts Amazon Polly for a less robotic listening experience
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
At the New Establishment Summit, NYT publisher A.G. Sulzberger says, “the time will come when this is a digital-only news organization”
Discussion: CNN
Saad Sayeed / Reuters:
Pakistani journalists describe continuing intimidation and army pressure after the media crackdown that began in the run-up to July elections
Daniel Holloway / Variety:
Sources: 21st Century Fox President Peter Rice told employees that Disney-Fox deal will be ready to close January 1 and acknowledged there will be layoffs
Discussion: The Playlist
Axios:
HBO's four Axios docu-news series to debut Sunday Nov. 4 and continue through all four Sundays of November
Todd Spangler / Variety:
BuzzFeed hires Disney veteran Eric W. Muhlheim as its new CFO starting October 15
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Franklin Foer / The Atlantic:
Franklin Foer reflects on his 2016 article about server activity between the Trump Campaign and Russia, and the frustrations and rewards of being a journalist
Brian Stelter / CNN:
HBO's parent division WarnerMedia, owned by AT&T, says it plans to launch a streaming service in Q4 2019
BBC:
The BBC had to replace live broadcasts with recorded material on its TV news channels for about an hour on Wednesday following a technical glitch
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Snapchat launches Snap Originals, 12 daily scripted original shows for its Discover section, with each episode lasting four or five minutes