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8:00 AM ET, November 11, 2019

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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
During the impeachment hearings journalists should focus on the substance of what is being proved or not proved, not distracting speculation or publicity stunts  —  The national media's shortcomings have been all too obvious in recent years as Donald Trump has gleefully thrown the norms of traditional journalism into a tizzy.
New York Times:
In a letter, WhatsApp says 121 users in India were targeted with NSO spyware; 22 of the alleged targets were activists, journalists, and civil rights lawyers  —  Recent revelations in India show that the threat from the company's spyware to activists and journalists isn't limited to autocratic regimes.
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
Q&A with Nikkei Chairman Tsuneo Kita on Nikkei's 2015 buy of FT, his outlet's role in journalism, how Japan's press is coping with digital disruption, and more  —  Four years ago, the Japanese financial news giant Nikkei sent shocked the global media world with a surprise announcement …
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Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
Q&A with FT CEO John Ridding on FT's relationship with owner Nikkei, its place in a polarized media landscape, leveraging newsletters as “mini-brands”, and more  —  “The point is they have personality.  They have character.  They're engaging, and they have really inside stuff.
Karen Longwell / Nieman Lab:
How a community in Quebec, facing the closure of its local paper, The Gleaner, rebuilt it as a community nonprofit  —  More than 250 media outlets closed across Canada from 2008 to 2019, according to a 2019 study by the Local News Research Project.  A small Quebec paper, The Gleaner, nearly joined them.
Discussion: @niemanlab and @niemanlab
Deanna Ting / Digiday:
Dow Jones' Barron's Group combines two of its brands, Barron's and MarketWatch, to launch MarketBrief, a live, weekly 10-minute show covering financial news  —  Dow Jones' Barron's Group is combining two of its brands — Barron's and MarketWatch — to launch a new live …
Quinn Myers / MEL Magazine:
An oral history of the rise and fall of LimeWire, which at its peak was estimated to be responsible for 80% of all illegal music downloads in the US  —  And the untold story of a Spotify killer that never saw the light of day  —  In 2001, the internet's premier file-sharing service Napster …
Damian Radcliffe / What's New in Publishing:
A deep dive into BuzzFeed's ecommerce expansion, from establishing a dedicated Commerce division and a Product Lab in 2016 to partnering with Walmart  —  Damian Radcliffe takes a deep dive into BuzzFeed's eCommerce expansion, from establishing a dedicated Commerce division to its recent roll …
Columbia Journalism Review:
CJR/The Nation's Covering Climate Now initiative published 3,640+ stories on climate change by 323 outlets during the week of the UN climate summit on Sept. 23  —  Some good news, for a change, about climate change: When hundreds of newsrooms focus their attention on the climate crisis …
 
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Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Co-founder of slow news publisher Tortoise Media says it has gained ~20K members since its April launch and that just under 40% of its members are under 30
Tatiana Cirisano / Billboard:
iHeartMedia reports Q3 total revenue of $948.3M, up 3% YoY, after its digital revenue, which includes podcasts, grew 33.4% YoY to $96.7M
Discussion: ExpressNews.com and iHeartMedia
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
As Instagram expands its tests of hiding Like counts to the US next week, it must be wary that it doesn't negatively impact creators' or influencers' business
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Facebook and YouTube say they are removing content that mentions the possible name of the whistleblower whose complaint prompted Trump impeachment inquiry
The Daily Beast:
Two impeachment witnesses called key elements of John Solomon's columns on Ukraine false; Giuliani once sent a Solomon column, pre-publication, to Daily Beast
Claire Atkinson / NBC News:
Internal memo: if Michael Bloomberg runs for president, a management committee would run his company, similar to how Bloomberg handled his tenure as NYC mayor
Discussion: Politico and Talking Biz News
Lauren Kaori Gurley / VICE:
Two former G/O Media executives have sued the company, claiming CEO Jim Spanfeller mistreated women at the company by pushing them out and hiring “cronies”