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12:05 PM ET, October 20, 2019


 Top News: 
Financial Times:
Sources: Verizon is seeking potential buyers for HuffPost, as it continues to shed digital businesses from its costly acquisition of Yahoo and AOL  —  Verizon is sounding out potential buyers for the HuffPost website, in the latest phase of the US telecoms group's retreat from the digital media business.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
CNN calls a threatened lawsuit from Trump lawyer Charles Harder a “desperate PR stunt”; Harder's letter cited the Lanham Act, which deals mainly with trademarks  —  An attorney for President Donald Trump has sent a letter to CNN that threatens to sue the AT&T-owned cable-news network …
Dan Levin / New York Times:
Profile of The Michigan Daily, the university's student newspaper in Ann Arbor, which has been the only printed local paper in the city for more than a decade  —  As more than 2,000 newspapers across the country have closed or merged, student journalists from Michigan to Arizona have stepped in to fill the void.
Max Willens / Digiday:
As podcasting becomes dominated by a handful of platforms, ad automation seems inevitable given the difficulty of scaling program-specific, host-read ads  —  The IAB's fifth annual podcast upfront could be the last one where platforms do not dominate in the proceedings.
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
Publishers like Forbes, Reuters, WSJ, and Bloomberg are growing their events businesses for sponsors and building their own event franchises to boost revenues  —  Trade shows, conferences and summit events are nothing new for business-to-business publishers, who have a tight grip on catering to professional audiences.
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Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook reaches licensing deal with News Corp to feature headlines from WSJ, NY Post, and others in a coming news tab; sources: WaPo, BuzzFeed News, BI also in  —  News organizations including News Corp will be paid a licensing fee to supply headlines in news tab
Hollywood Reporter:
Source: Quentin Tarantino declines to recut his movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, after China's regulators blocked the film's release date of Oct. 25  —  The country's regulators pulled the film from the schedule a week before its release on Oct. 25.  —  Quentin Tarantino has no intention …
Sara Jerde / Adweek:
Condé Nast Italia releases its first magazine in the US, the food and wine focused La Cucina Italiana  —  The recipe-focused magazine has been designed for Americans  —  Condé Nast, which has long taken magazines established in the U.S. and introduced them into new international markets …
Daniel Green /
Interview with Hazel Baker, head of user-generated content newsgathering at Reuters, on deepfakes, misinformation, and verification  —  Ahead of the Newsrewired conference, Baker talks about the challenges posed by misinformation during breaking news events and the emergence of deepfakes
Nieman Reports:
Commenting on the limits of #MeToo journalism, Jodi Kantor says journalism isn't a fundamental solution or “a substitute ... for institutions that have failed”  —  In the fall of 2017 The New York Times published Jodi Kantor's and Megan Twohey's explosive investigation …
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Ben Strauss / Washington Post:
ESPN's “no politics” policy, business relationship with the NBA, and Tencent distribution deal contributed to tentative coverage of the Morey controversy
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
How Quartz is focusing more on reader revenue, with a metered paywall and perks for members like field guides and a direct relationship with its journalists
Katie Kilkenny / Hollywood Reporter:
CA's AB 5 bill author says the law's 35-submission limit for journalists is “a little arbitrary”, as freelancers seek changes before the law takes effect Jan. 1
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Committee to Protect Journalists:
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Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
As The Washington Post expands its paid parental leave policy from four to 20 weeks, matching WSJ, a look at the policies at other media outlets
A.J. Katz / TVNewser:
In a letter to Comcast, Gretchen Carlson, Megyn Kelly, and others call for an outside investigation into allegations about NBC News in Catch and Kill