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2:45 PM ET, October 2, 2019

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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Vice Media agrees to acquire Refinery29 in a deal expected to close before the end of 2019; source: Vice is issuing mostly stock to Refinery29's shareholders  —  After months of talks, Vice Media sealed an agreement to acquire Refinery29, a bet by the two digital-centric media companies …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Public opinion will affect the outcome of impeachment inquiry; journalists should prepare well for interviews, stop booking liars, and avoid false equivalence  —  Scott Pelley of CBS pushed back hard Sunday when House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy tried to spin him on Sunday's “60 Minutes.”
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Guardian Media Group CEO David Pemsel to leave the news publisher in spring 2020 to join the Premier League  —  Clubs say Pemsel hired because of his ‘straightforward style and personal integrity’  —  The Premier League has appointed the Guardian's David Pemsel as its new chief executive.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Poll: 12 of the 15 most polarizing US brands are national news media; the gap between how Republicans and Democrats view CNN and Fox News has grown since 2018  —  News media companies make up 12 of the 15 most polarizing brands in America today, according to a new Morning Consult poll provided to Axios.
Rasmus Kleis Nielsen:
Reuters Institute director says journalism is divided between a conservative rearguard and the vanguard, who accept uncertainty and need for change in the field  —  “The truth is hard”  —  I've come across this quote repeatedly in the past year, most frequently in the form of ads for the New York Times at various media events.
Chris Thompson / Deadspin:
Chris Stone is stepping down as editor-in-chief of Sports Illustrated after 27 years at the publication; source says layoffs are likely in the next few weeks  —  Sports Illustrated is currently transitioning ownership and corporate leadership, from Meredith Corp. to Authentic Brands Group …
Discussion: Awful Announcing and New York Post
Amy Kaufman / Los Angeles Times:
The real-life journalists behind characters in three films at the recent Toronto International Film Festival talk about their stories being adapted into movies  —  Even as she was reporting it, Jessica Pressler had the sense that her story about a group of strippers-turned-criminals was the stuff movies are made of.
Jerry Iannelli / Miami New Times:
Employees of the Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald announce they plan to unionize, while criticizing a decade of downsizing, layoffs, and consolidation  —  Months after reporters revealed that McClatchy News CEO Craig Forman had received a $1 million bonus and $35,000 per-month housing stipend …
Discussion: @greenhousenyt and @miaminewtimes
Tom Grundy / Hong Kong Free Press HKFP:
Veby Mega Indah, the Indonesian journalist who was shot in the face with a police projectile in Hong Kong on Sunday, to lose sight permanently in one eye  —  Veby Mega Indah, an Indonesian journalist who was shot in the face with a police projectile on Sunday, will end up permanently blind in one eye, according to her lawyer.
Discussion: Fox News and UnHerd
 
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Ed Pierce / Journal Tribune:
Maine's Journal Tribune to end its 135-year run on October 12, citing lack of profitability with declining subscribers and loss of advertisers; 6 staff laid off
Kelsey Sutton / Adweek:
As viewers watch more ad-free programming, product placement is now a ~$10B industry with TV product placement growing 15% YoY to $7.15B in 2018, per PQ Media
BBC:
Meghan Markle sues Mail on Sunday over a claim that it unlawfully published one of her private letters; Prince Harry complains about “relentless propaganda”
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Newseum:
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Kelsey Jukam / Courthouse News Service:
Rep. Devin Nunes is suing Ryan Lizza and Hearst Magazines for $75M alleging defamation and common law conspiracy for Lizza's article about Nunes's Iowa farm