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12:20 AM ET, July 11, 2017


 Top News: 
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
News Media Alliance, with members including NYT, WaPo, and News Corp, seeks antitrust exemption from Congress to negotiate collectively with Google and Facebook  —  Google and Facebook continue to gobble up the digital advertising market, siphoning away revenue that once paid for the quality journalism …
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Source: The NYT is undecided on whether to participate in Facebook's Instant Articles subscriptions, with the paper seeing no “great upside” to being involved  —  Facebook is moving ahead on plans to let people subscribe to publications through Instant Articles.
Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed:
A Pulitzer-winning NYT story that relied heavily on a Russian news site offers a case study in how foreign correspondents re-report articles by local media  —  The Times' prize-winning story relies heavily on two articles in Meduza, a Russian news site based in Latvia.
Joshua Green / New York Magazine:
How Bannon became Trump's key henchman: arranging for Ann Coulter to pen a policy paper and weaponizing Breitbart against Megyn Kelly, before he joined campaign  —  Why does Trump double-down every time it seems like he should retreat?  Because Steve Bannon is back in his boss's good graces.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Time Inc. Vice-Chairman Norman Pearlstine is retiring from the company later this month, after which he plans to work as an adviser for early-stage media firms  —  Publishing industry veteran Norman Pearlstine is retiring from Time Inc. this month, after which he plans to work as an adviser …
Discussion: Adweek and Mediawire
Pew Research Center:
Pew: 85% of Republicans and Republican leaners think the national news media has a negative effect on the country, up from 76% two years ago and 68% in 2010  —  Republicans increasingly say colleges have negative impact on U.S.  —  Republicans and Democrats offer starkly different assessments …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Fox News Signs Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer as Contributor  —  Senior TV Editor @bristei  —  Ari Fleischer joins the ranks of former White House press personnel enjoying a significant presence at the nation's TV-news outlets.  The former White House press secretary under …
Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab:
Podcast database and discovery site Podchaser focuses on episodes rather than entire shows, with user-generated tagging and episode-level reviews  —  “One of our big advantages is we're trying to build this bottom-up, feature-wise, and talking to a hundred different podcasts and tons of listeners and asking exactly what they want."
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
A profile of CNN reporter Jim Acosta, described by WH Press Sec Sean Spicer as a prime example of a journalist in a “YouTube, click-driven industry”  —  These are times that try a White House reporter's soul.  Jim Acosta hasn't kept quiet about what's been troubling his.
Chris O'Brien / VentureBeat:
USC study suggests there may be a black market of bots used to spread misinformation across Twitter during elections  —  As if Twitter's reputation hasn't been battered enough, a new study sheds light on how the social media platform can be hijacked by bots to spread political disinformation during election campaigns.
Discussion: @manjusrii and @moorehn
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Matt Donnelly / The Wrap:
Warner Bros. Digital Network hires Spotify's former head of acquisitions Eric Besner, Katie Soo, and Greg Salter to run division that manages digital content
Discussion: Variety
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Patrick Hipes / Deadline:
WGAW 2017 report: total number of writers and total salaries down YoY; TV writers earnings down 1.7% YoY to $860.9M, film writers earnings down 6.45% to $359.8M
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
Interview with Mark Aldam, president of Hearst Newspaper Group, which now seeks acquisitions and is focusing on local news, marketing, and events