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3:30 PM ET, September 9, 2019


 Top News: 
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Survey: 74% of US adults think it's a good idea for journalists to use social media, but 65% disapprove of journalists sharing personal views about news  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans give a “thumbs up” to news reporters using social media to interact with their audiences …
Richard Nieva / CNET:
Attorneys general from 48 states, DC, and Puerto Rico launch an antitrust probe into Google, with an initial focus on its dominance in digital advertising  —  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Monday announced an antitrust investigation into Google, with the participation of 50 attorneys general.
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Group Nine Media, owner of NowThis, Dodo, and Thrillist, raises $50M from existing investors Discovery and Axel Springer, sources say at a valuation of $600M+  —  Funding round values owner of NowThis, the Dodo and Thrillist at over $600 million  —  Group Nine Media Inc. raised …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Nielsen says it will start including out-of-home viewing into its national TV ratings in fall 2020; the same change will be made for local ratings next month  —  The Super Bowl is TV's most-watched annual event, but would any network executive bet on counting more people to watch in an age …
Carlos Lozada / Washington Post:
She Said by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey is an instant investigative journalism classic that details the hurdles reporters faced breaking the Weinstein story  —  Review of 'She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story that Helped Ignite a Movement' by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey
BBC says it will join other publishers alongside Facebook, Twitter, and Google to work on a media education campaign and early warning system for disinformation  —  Plans to help tackle so-called “fake news” have been announced by the BBC and some of the biggest names in journalism and technology.
Discussion: Press Gazette
Tim Peterson / Digiday:
Sports publishers like theScore and betting platforms like DraftKings are waging that combining content and gambling will help retain and grow audiences  —  When it comes to editorial coverage, the sports betting market is already getting crowded.  Over the years, many sports publishers …
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Italy-based Freeda Media raises $16M Series B led by existing investor Alven, aiming to expand its female-focused branded content to English-speaking markets  —  Italian startup Freeda Media has raised a $16 million Series B round.  Existing investor Alven is leading the round …
Discussion: FinSMEs
Elaina Plott / The Atlantic:
Sources: Trump calls Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott to complain when he is unhappy with coverage, though the conversations “don't tend to go well”  —  If you're a Fox News staffer who happened to be off Twitter one Wednesday morning last month, it may well have escaped your notice …
Discussion: The Week and Talking Points Memo
Erin Hale / The Guardian:
Hong Kong media groups report increasing number of incidents involving police violence against journalists covering protests, call for independent investigation  —  Reporters covering protests say officers using pepper spray and teargas, among other abuses  —  Journalists covering the protests …
Nieman Lab:
Study of 100 US communities: local papers produce ~50% of original stories but account for just 25% of local outlets, as TV, radio, and online-only dominate  —  Local newspapers have always been the epicenter of local news ecosystems.  While communities may have other sources of journalism …
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Michael Shermer / Skeptic:
Skeptic magazine finds John Anthony Glynn, a four-time contributor since 2016, falsified academic credentials; he published 40+ articles in 15 outlets in 2019
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Randall Lane / Forbes:
After an outcry over there being only one woman on America's Most Innovative Leaders list, Forbes editor says its methodology was flawed and will be rethought