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12:00 PM ET, November 18, 2019

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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 …
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Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
AI-powered news aggregation app SmartNews raises $92M, including a $28M raise in August, at a valuation of $1.2B, bringing its total raised to $182M  —  Looks like there's still money to be made in news aggregation — at least according to the investors backing the news app SmartNews.
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 …
Pamela McClintock / Hollywood Reporter:
Amazon is shortening the theatrical release window and not reporting box office numbers for some films, including The Report  —  The new policy — which mirrors Netflix's strategy — will apply to such awards contenders as ‘The Report’ and ‘The Aeronauts.’  —  Don't bother asking Alexa …
Discussion: @thatrebecca
Mike Murphy / Quartz:
Profile of Mixhalo, an app which aims to improve sound quality at concerts by sending Hi-Fi audio directly from the soundboard to attendees' phones  —  Think back to the first time you saw a high-definition TV program.  —  After a lifetime of looking at standard-definition shows …
Discussion: @dangillmor
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%  —  , minor bad guy Steven Reign tells the story of the red dragon.  According to him, a small, wealthy village in China hired …
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  —  Earlier this year, the European Union adopted its new Copyright Directive that modernizes and harmonizes copyright laws across the EU.
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  —  “None of this had to happen”: The network's new sexual harassment policy did not prevent them from leaving after accusations against the star's husband, a producer.
 
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