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11:30 AM ET, August 7, 2015


 Top News: 
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Early reports suggest 16% of US households tuned in to Republican debate, twice the previous record  —  GOP debate: Early numbers suggest record audience  —  Early overnight Nielsen ratings suggest that Thursday's Republican debate was not just the most-watched primary debate in history …
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Survey of communications school graduates: 17% say news has improved in last five years, biggest issue is the abundance of opinion and false information online  —  A new snapshot of the profession from 10,000 J-school grads  —  A massive survey of two generations of journalism and communications graduates …
Discussion: miamiherald and @hermida
Mădălina Ciobanu /
Washington Post partners with Genius for live annotations by readers and journalists of GOP presidential debate  —  Washington Post to let readers annotate live coverage of tonight's GOP debate  —  The newspaper is experimenting with annotation technology Genius for the first time during …
Stephanie Kirchgaessner / Guardian:
Report finds an increase in mafia threats to journalists in Italy, with 2,060 reported between 2006 and October 2014  —  Surge in mafia attacks on journalists in Italy  —  Organised criminals increasingly using violence and intimidation as well as legal threats to silence journalists, says parliamentary committee
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Lisa Beilfuss / Wall Street Journal:
E.W. Scripps Q2: overall $31.4M loss, TV and digital operating revenue up 50% to $167.4M  —  E.W. Scripps Reports Wider Loss, Driven by Merger  —  Media company completed its merger with Journal Communications in April  —  Media company E.W. Scripps Co. said its loss widened in the latest quarter …
Agence France-Presse:
Thai man jailed for 30 yrs for ‘insulting’ royals on Facebook  —  A Thai man was jailed for 30 years on Friday for “insulting” the monarchy on Facebook, in one of the toughest known sentences passed under the junta-ruled kingdom's draconian lese majeste law.
Discussion: Ars Technica UK
New York Times:
Iran grants the Jewish Daily Forward newspaper a short-term reporting visa in an unusual move  —  Iran: Jewish Newspaper Was Granted Visa in Rare Move  —  Iran granted an unusual short-term reporting visa last month to the Jewish Daily Forward, one of the most widely read and respected newspapers among American Jews.
Discussion: @nytimesworld
Christina Warren / Mashable:
Fox News livestream faced issues for most of GOP debate; Sky News version on YouTube was cut at end of debate after Fox copyright complaint  —  Fox News web stream and mobile app fail during GOP debate  —  If you were hoping to settle in for Thursday's second GOP debate online or in the Fox News app for iOS, you were out of luck.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Wall Street's devaluation of TV companies could mean growth for cable bundle alternatives  —  Terrible Week for TV.  Great Week for the Future of TV.  —  This has turned into a disastrous week for TV companies.  —  If you've been waiting for the TV Of The Future to arrive, that's great news.
Discussion: Yahoo Tech and Wall Street Journal
Ruma Paul / Reuters:
Blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh, fourth this year  —  Attackers armed with machetes killed a blogger in Bangladesh on Friday, the fourth killing of an online critic of religious extremism in the Muslim-majority country in less than six months.  —  Niloy Chatterjee, 40 …
Human Rights Watch:
Tunisian journalist Noureddine Mbarki and blogger charged under counterterrorism law after publishing a photograph of gunman  —  Tunisia: Journalist, Blogger Facing Charges  —  Counterterrorism Law Used to Curb Free Speech  —  (Tunis) - Tunisian authorities have brought charges …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Journalists on the media beat critique Jon Stewart on his last day  —  No modern media critic has gained the prominence and influence that Jon Stewart enjoys.  By dint of his broad distribution, copious resources and acerbic wit, the “Daily Show” host has built his career by flagging missteps …
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Channel 4 News ‘banned’ from Newcastle United press conference - because reporter wanted to ask about media bans  —  A Channel 4 News reporter has condemned Newcastle United after he was “banned” from a press conference - because he wanted to ask about media bans.
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Natalie Andrews / Wall Street Journal:
Ads on Twitter, Facebook, and Google play key role for presidential candidates; Twitter was pitching budget of $25K-$50K for campaigns for Thursday debate
Discussion: @wexler
Jasper Jackson / Guardian:
Two-thirds of UK's Netflix and Amazon users don't watch their original shows
Discussion: mUmBRELLA and Politico
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Marco della Cava / USA Today:
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