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8:15 AM ET, August 7, 2015


 Top News: 
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: @hermida
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
New York Times Q2: $16M net income, 33K new digital subscribers, digital advertising up 14%  —  New York Times Co. Reports $16 Million Profit  —  The New York Times Company reported net income of more than $16 million for the second quarter on slightly lower revenue, as digital growth …
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 …
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.
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 …
John Koblin / New York Times:
Jon Stewart, sarcastic critic of media and politics for 16 years, signs off from The Daily Show on Thursday night
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.
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 …
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
The Huffington Post Names Former AOL and Spotify Executive Jared Grusd As New CEO  —  Jared Grusd, a former executive at AOL and Spotify, has been named the new chief executive at the Huffington Post.  —  Mr. Grusd spent the past four years as global head of corporate development and general counsel at Spotify.
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.
Marco della Cava / USA Today:
Apple Music has 11M trial subscribers with 2M on family plan; App Store has record month in July with $1.7B in transactions  —  Apple Music hooks 11 million trial members, App Store has record July  —  One month after unveiling its new streaming music service, Apple has locked in 11 million trial members …
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  —  Candidates Poised to Spread Their Message Through Social Media  —  Robust digital operations include video, text, tweets and blogs
Discussion: @wexler and Bloomberg View
Sam Borden / New York Times:
In the UK and US, some pro sports teams are limiting media access and communicating directly to fans  —  English Club Shuts Out Journalists With New Kind of Defense  —  SWINDON, England — A few months ago, a reporter for the local newspaper here went to a charity event in town.
William Turvill / Press Gazette:   Channel 4 News ‘banned’ from Newcastle United press conference - because reporter wanted to ask about media bans
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Jasper Jackson / Guardian:
Two-thirds of UK's Netflix and Amazon users don't watch their original shows
Discussion: mUmBRELLA and Politico
Ken Doctor / Politico:
The Washington Post's audience has grown 65% YoY due to newsroom investment, embracing technology, and engaging in distribution partnerships
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 Earlier Picks: 
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Dave Butler, editor in chief of Digital First Media, to retire this fall
Discussion: FishbowlNY and Mercury News
Jenna Wortham / New York Times:
Profile of Issa Rae and the struggles she faced taking her web series, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, to HBO
Discussion: Clutch Magazine
Felix Salmon / Fusion:
Mobile ad blocking won't threaten the advertising/publishing industry, which is already working toward better ads
Discussion: @dillonmbaker