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5:30 PM ET, October 13, 2018


 Top News: 
Eli Pariser / Nieman Lab:
After Trump's USA Today “op-ed”, it's time to reconsider the practice of bundling hard news and opinion under the same brand names and domains  —  A friend who works at a major tech platform recently posed an interesting riddle to me.  Disinformation peddlers were setting …
CBS News:
Donald Trump says US will get to the bottom of the Jamal Khashoggi case and that there will be “severe punishment” if the missing Saudi journalist was murdered  —  President Trump tells 60 Minutes Saudi Arabia has denied playing a part in the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, but says the case is being investigated.
Hadas Gold / CNN:
After Khashoggi's disappearance, FT, CNBC, NYT, CNN, Bloomberg, Nikkei have withdrawn from Saudi Arabia conference; Fox Business and Saudi's Al Arabiya remain  —  London (CNN Business)Most of the news outlets that had agreed to sponsor a high-profile business conference in Saudi Arabia …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Suit against creator of Shitty Media Men list raises issues about Section 230 immunity; Google says it will fight any effort to get document details via company  —  Stephen Elliott has brought a defamation lawsuit over his inclusion on a list of allegedly sexually exploitive men …
Discussion: The Daily Beast, and Slate
Esther Wang / Jezebel:
Writer Stephen Elliott sues Moira Donegan, creator of the Shitty Media Men list, saying his inclusion on the list made him depressed and hurt his book sales
Amy Mackinnon / Foreign Policy:
Research by Transparency International finds that since 2012, nine out of 10 murdered journalists were killed in countries deemed highly corrupt  —  More journalists are assassinated than die in war zones.  —  Viktoria Marinova was not a war correspondent.
Discussion: New York Times and Washington Post
Graeme McMillan / Hollywood Reporter:
Chuck Wendig, who wrote the Star Wars: Aftermath series, says Marvel Entertainment has fired him because “of the negativity and vulgarity” in his tweets  —  Chuck Wendig says he was removed from the ‘Shadow of Vader’ series with two issues left unwritten over the “negativity and vulgarity” his tweets bring.
Ronan Shields / Adweek:
The Guardian and ad-tech company the Rubicon Project settle legal dispute over transaction fees that ad buyers are charged, which Rubicon has now dropped  —  Terms not disclosed, but agreement ‘does not assign any liability to either party’  —  Rubicon Project and U.K. news title The Guardian …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
NYT Afghanistan bureau chief Margaret Coker leaves due to an internal personnel matter over Rukmini Callimachi's work in Iraq, sources say  —  In August 2017, the New York Times announced the hiring of Margaret Coker to helm its Baghdad bureau.  “There is a reason The New York Times …
Discussion: @blakehounshell
Daniel Funke / Poynter:
How Europe's FemFacts and Columbia's El Poder de Elegir work to debunk misinformation about women and counterbalance male editorial perspectives  —  The project started as a way to give women more of a voice in the European media landscape.  Now, it's going after false claims and online misinformation about gender issues.
Discussion: Nieman Lab
Angela Watercutter / Wired:
Climate scientists are using a Fortnite channel on Twitch to discuss and disseminate information about climate change to a young audience  —  I KNOW VERY little about climate change.  I know even less about Fortnite.  And Twitch.  (Yes, I know; I should be fired.)
Discussion: @alyssabereznak
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
The American Journalism Project aims to use venture philanthropy, where investment capital and coaching doesn't focus on ROI, to fund mission-driven local news  —  An incomplete list of attempts to finance local news:  — Billionaire benefactors who don't always play nice and/or play music
Discussion: @dw_grant
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
News cycle intensity in the Trump era has led cable news channels to refocus their morning and afternoon programming on hard news instead of lighter fare  —  Jim Sciutto hasn't been known as much of a morning person at CNN.  Since joining the network in 2013, the national security reporter …
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Sensor Tower: Netflix app revenue was up ~90% YoY to ~$243.7M in Q3 across both App Store and Google Play, the highest grossing non-game mobile app worldwide
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
New Yorker says its subscriptions are up, with digital only subs hitting ~167K, up 10% YoY, and the site saw 22.5M unique visitors in September, up 27% YoY
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Garett Sloane / Ad Age:
Thrillist writers and editors win a minimum starting salary of $50K after 15 months of union negotiations with owner Group Nine Media
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter and Variety
Washington Post:
Facebook removes 800+ US-based accounts and pages, some with 100K+ followers, that were spamming people with political messages for profit