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10:55 AM ET, October 18, 2019

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New York Times:
Zuckerberg gives a full-throated defense of Facebook as a champion of free expression and defends Facebook policy to opt out of fact-checking political ads  —  In an address at Georgetown University, the Facebook chief executive called for more free speech — not less …
VICE:
Despite a memo from NYT's standards editor urging reporters to link and credit others' reporting, competitors and some NYT staff say a lack of links continues  —  Journalists at the New York Times and its own standards editor say that getting continually dragged by other journalists for not giving credit is embarrassing.
James Thorne / GeekWire:
Maven, which licensed SI's brand and has bought TheStreet, Say Media, and Hubpages, has raised $20M and outlined its SI strategy and plans for political news  —  Maven, the Seattle-based media company that purchased Sports Illustrated earlier this year, has raised $20 million and revealed …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
A comparison of how NYT and NBC edited Harvey Weinstein stories, and a look at one obscure legal worry by NBC execs about persuading women to break NDAs  —  When reporters tilted at allegations of sexual harassment and abuse by movie producer Harvey Weinstein, they squared off against a target …
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: YouTube is offering public figures five- and six-figure lump sums to subsidize channel startup costs as it becomes an increasingly appealing side job  —  Six-figure deals for filming everyday trips to the store?  It's enough to lure high-profile celebrities to the platform …
Discussion: @ashkan, @pkedrosky, @adam22 and @ashfoxhall
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
In memo to staff, Gannett CEO says, “digital is our future” and “We will continue to maintain print if consumers are asking for it and the economics make sense”  —  In a piece yesterday I reported that phasing out USA Today in print is likely to be part of the calculations …
Discussion: Poynter
Jason Gurwin / The Streamable:
Sinclair and AT&T reach a carriage deal for DIRECTV, AT&T TV, and U-verse for Sinclair's local broadcast stations, regional sports networks, and more  —  The Streamable is reader-supported and may earn an affiliate commission when you sign up with our links.
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Viacom's Pluto TV has quietly launched a conservative news channel, called the First, considered to be in beta with just two shows  —  The channel, called The First, is in beta mode and features two shows.  —  Viacom has quietly debuted a conservative news channel on Pluto TV, a digital platform it acquired for $340 million in March.
Discussion: The Streamable
Cherie Hu / Hot Pod News:
Playlists like Spotify's Your Daily Drive, which mix songs and microcasts, may popularize short-form podcasts that capture and retain attention in smaller bites  —  While digging through my Spotify profile this past weekend, I came across an intriguing discovery: Gimlet had been republishing five …
Discussion: @cheriehu42
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Press organizations are demanding an investigation into claims that 12 journalists were targeted by police during demonstrations in Catalonia  —  Press organisations have demanded an investigation after claims 12 journalists were targeted by police in demonstrations in Catalonia.
 
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The Los Angeles Times reached a tentative agreement with the guild that represents ~475 newsroom employees; the deal could provide immediate pay raises of 5%+