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3:25 PM ET, November 18, 2019

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Raymond Zhong / New York Times:
Musical.ly founder Alex Zhu, who now heads TikTok, claims that TikTok doesn't share data with China or ByteDance and doesn't censor videos at China's behest  —  Alex Zhu, the head of the Chinese-owned viral video app, is trying to assuage Washington's fears.  “I am quite optimistic,” he said.
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New York Times:
AP poll finds that ~60% of Americans say they regularly see conflicting reports about the same facts from different sources, as people tune out from the news  —  Paying attention to the impeachment inquiry and other developments means having to figure out what is true, false or spin.
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet says Trump puts journalists' “lives at risk” when he subjects them to personal attacks and calls them names  —  Dean Baquet decries abuse of journalists and defends not calling president racist  —  The executive editor of the New York Times …
Knight Foundation:
Gallup/Knight study: 86% of Americans believe people should have access to local news, but only 1 in 5 subscribe or donate to local news organizations  —  WASHINGTON, DC (Nov. 17, 2019) Most Americans - 86 percent - think people should have access to local news - even if they don't pay for it …
Taylor Telford / Washington Post:
FedEx CEO Fred Smith blasts NYT article on its tax affairs, without identifying any specific errors, and challenges A.G. Sulzberger to debate him on tax policy  —  Fred Smith blasts the report — without identifying any specific errors — detailing how the shipper's tax bill went from $1.5 billion in 2017 to zero a year later
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Interview with TV host and film producer Soledad O'Brien on her critiques of journalism in the Trump era, which she often shares to her 1.1M Twitter followers  —  For Soledad O'Brien, the presidency of Donald Trump has ripped the cover off a lot of things, including the fragility of American democracy …
NPR:
A look at the role Spanish-language media plays in the Latino community and the issues it's facing, as the fourth Spanish-language publication closes this year  —  NPR's Michel Martin talks to journalism professor Graciela Mochkofsky about the current state of Spanish-language media in America …
Molly Blackall / The Guardian:
In proposals to Ofcom, BBC seeks to cut the news shown on its children's channel from 85 to 35 hours per year, scrapping the 50-year-old afternoon news segment  —  Resources to be redeployed at non-TV viewers after ratings for CBBC and CBeebies tumble  —  Children's news programme Newsround …
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
A look at BuzzFeed's Creators Program, which has 31 in-house and 5 external creators and has brokered 65 branded content campaigns in 2019, up ~2x from 2018  —  Two years ago, a series of “Why I Left BuzzFeed” videos popped up on YouTube, with past employees complaining they were not allowed …
 
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Owen Bowcott / The Guardian:
Lib Dems and SNP lose challenge against ITV over their exclusion from a UK TV debate, with High Court judges ruling it is not open to judicial review challenges
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 Earlier Picks: 
Brandon Katz / Observer:
A look at growing soundstage scarcity and the deals studios are making to secure space as the number of productions rises; in LA, stage occupancy is topping 90%
Johannes Munter / News Media Alliance:
Interviews, studies, and data indicate that the 2014 Google News shutdown in Spain only temporarily lowered traffic and led to organic traffic growth
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
How the small town of Eudora, KS, about 40 minutes from Kansas City and once a news desert, became a lab for two universities to study and provide local news
New York Times:
Two female writers on CBS sitcom Carol's Second Act felt they had to quit the show after filing sexual misconduct complaints despite the network's new policies