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8:00 PM ET, August 20, 2015


 Top News: 
Marin Cogan / New York Magazine:
Q&A with Mike Elk on trying to unionize Politico, his unsettled job status, and workers' rights  —  Mike Elk Tried to Unionize Politico's Staff — and Now Has Apparently Been Fired.  What Happened?  —  “Unfortunately, the anti-union forces in the newsroom have tried to make the union drive all about me.”
Rex Sorgatz / Medium:
Imagining TV listings in a future steered by recent investments from old media, with channels for Vice, YouTube, Vox, BuzzFeed, and more  —  TV Channel Guide from the Future  —  What Television Will Look Like in Five Years  —  Why Will This Happen?  —  NBCUniversal announced this week …
Discussion: Variety
Kevin Dugan / New York Post:
Bloomberg to lay off about 100 editorial staffers, primarily covering politics and government in New York and Washington bureaus  —  Bloomberg to lay off about 100 editorial employees  —  Bloomberg is planning to slim its ranks, sources said on Wednesday.
Daniel Kopf / Priceonomics Blog:
Popularity of New York Times' posts, sections, writers, and tech writers by Facebook shares and likes  —  What New York Times Content Is Popular on Facebook?  —  Every day, the New York Times chooses to post a number of their articles to their Facebook page.
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
After several negotiations, New York Daily News owner Zuckerman tells staff he's not selling  —  Zuckerman Decides Against Selling The Daily News  —  After months of exploring a sale, Mortimer B. Zuckerman, the owner of The New York Daily News, has decided to keep the newspaper after all …
Business Insider:
Netflix stock falls about 8% on Thursday amid broader media stock retreat  —  Netflix is crashing hard as tech and media stocks plunge  —  Netflix shares are crashing today — down almost 8% as of this writing.  —  The entire stock market's having a bad day, with tech stocks slumping across the board …
Robert Cookson / Financial Times:
Spotify bans record labels from paying people who control playlists to promote songs  —  Spotify bans ‘payola’ on playlists  —  Spotify is cracking down on a controversial practice known as “payola”, in which record labels pay people who control influential playlists on the music streaming service to promote certain songs.
Discussion: Complete Music Update
Glenn Peoples / Billboard:
Sources: streaming music playlists are influenced by “pay for play”, like radio payola, and practice is part of music label marketing
Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
Uncertainty Looms Over The Undefeated, ESPN's Site on Sports and Race  —  More than two years into the gestation of The Undefeated, ESPN's website about sports and race, the site exists in digital limbo.  —  It has no start date.  It has no permanent leader.
Samuel Gibbs / Guardian:
UK data protection watchdog gives Google 35 days to remove links to news stories about right to be forgotten link removals  —  Google ordered to remove links to ‘right to be forgotten’ removal stories  —  UK data protection watchdog orders search engine to remove search result links …
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Organized labor movements and rapid expansion through investment are at odds in digital media companies  —  As Investors Circle, Organized Labor Moves Into Digital Media  —  Vice Media's recent move is part of a broader unionization push at outlets as the industry also seeks investments
Gurman Bhatia / Poynter:
ProPublica receives $2.2 million from Knight Foundation to expand audience engagement efforts  —  The Knight Foundation announced Thursday that it would be providing ProPublica with $2.2 million in funding.  The money will be aimed toward helping the investigative non-profit improve …
Discussion: Nieman Lab and Knight Foundation
Tobias Buck / Financial Times:
Soon-to-be-launched news site El Español has 9K subscribers and several high-profile Spanish investigative reporters  —  Spain news site sends defiant signal over press freedom fears  —  For his latest journalistic venture, Pedro J Ramírez has rented office space up the road from Spain's Academy of Naval Warfare.
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Natalie Andrews / Wall Street Journal:
Political ads coming to Instagram as the platform offers 2016 presidential candidates new ad targeting options
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Agence France-Presse:
Gambia seeks to harden sedition charges against journalist
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Myles Udland / Business Insider:
Chart from Wall Street research firm Pacific Crest shows top eight cable providers saw subscriptions fall 463K in Q2 2015 up from decline of 141K in Q2 2014
Madison Mainwaring / The Atlantic:
Only two full-time dance critics remain at US newspapers as arts coverage declines
Discussion: @theworlddances
Jack Marshall / Wall Street Journal:
Digital Media Consumption Is Booming as Investment Floods In
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