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8:25 AM ET, July 31, 2017

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Robert Booth / The Guardian:
Irish Sunday Times removes column by Kevin Myers that suggested two BBC presenters earn more because they are Jewish, says Myers will not write for them again  —  Kevin Myers, in Irish edition, suggested Vanessa Feltz and Claudia Winkleman earned more because they were Jewish
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Post-Gawker, fear is causing news outlets to self-censor and turn down stories, like one on R. Kelly that came from months-long probe but was rejected by 3 orgs  —  Call it the Gawker Effect.  —  After Jim DeRogatis, the veteran Chicago rock critic, reported for months on a stunning story …
Discussion: @sulliview, @shani_o, @dankois and XXL Mag
James Warren / Vanity Fair:
How the rivalry between The New York Times and The Washington Post has evolved in the Trump era, when some question basic notions of authority and fact  —  Breaking story after story, two great American newspapers, The New York Times and The Washington Post, are resurgent, with record readerships.
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Apple removes all major VPN apps from the App Store in China; the apps allowed users to bypass China's internet censorship  —  The Chinese government's crackdown on the internet continues with the news that Apple has removed all major VPN apps, which help internet users overcome …
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed:
Current and former SoundCloud employees describe the factors leading to its decline, including its attempt to compete head-on with music streaming giants  —  SoundCloud was once a platform beloved by listeners and creators, whose leaders hoped to revolutionize the music industry.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Scaramucci interview gives The New Yorker's website a huge traffic bump, with 4.4M unique visitors; subscriptions also up 92% over daily July average  —  Anthony Scaramucci's shocking interview with the New Yorker's Ryan Lizza has been a profanity-wrapped gift to Condé Nast.
Jessica Toonkel / Reuters:
Discovery buys Scripps for $14.6B, in a 70% cash and 30% stock deal; it is expected to boost the combined company's negotiating leverage with pay TV operators  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Discovery Communications Inc is acquiring Scripps Networks Interactive for $14.6 billion in a deal …
Wall Street Journal:
Charter Communications says it isn't interested in buying Sprint, rebuffing the merger offer and ending several weeks of deal talks between companies  —  Sprint had proposed a merger with Charter Communications to create a media and communications giant that would be controlled by Japan's SoftBank Group.
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
The San Diego Union-Tribune partners with GoFundMe to launch crowdfunding campaigns for the subjects of its articles  —  Earlier this month, The San Diego Union-Tribune launched an unusual experiment: asking readers to become small-scale philanthropists.  Partnering with crowdfunding platform GoFundMe …
Discussion: @melissagira
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
eMarketer: Roku will have 38.9M MAUs in 2017, up 19% YoY, compared to 36.9M for Chromecast, 35.8M for Amazon Fire TV, and 21.3M for Apple TV  —  Roku may be the most-used connected TV device this year, edging out Chromecast, Fire TV and Apple TV, according to a new 2017 forecast from eMarketerreleased this morning.
Daniel Funke / Poynter:
Q&A with the 98-year-old science editor of The San Francisco Chronicle, David Perlman, who's retiring after nearly seven decades at the newspaper  —  David Perlman was born in 1918 — a decade before the discovery of penicillin and the Big Bang Theory.  —  And, for the majority of his career …
Katherine Goldstein / Nieman Reports:
To attract and retain millennial journalists, newsrooms must better meet the needs of parents with young kids and create better work-life balance for everyone  —  If news organizations want to attract and retain millennial journalists, newsrooms must better meet the needs of parents with young children …
 
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Andrew Buncombe / The Independent:
Ksenija Pavlovic, the journalist who defiantly streamed audio of a White House press briefing, drew on her experience growing up under a dictatorship
Meg Dalton / Columbia Journalism Review:
Inside PRX's Podcast Garage, a community recording studio and educational hub for audio storytelling, located in Boston
Mădălina Ciobanu / Journalism.co.uk:
Otherworld, an experimental service in Manchester funded by Google's Digital News Initiative, uses beacons to deliver silent alerts, including from local news
 Earlier Picks: 
Lyz Lenz / Columbia Journalism Review:
Profile of CNN's Chris Cillizza, who is relentlessly popular with mainstream audiences but disdained by many reporters for his simplistic political takes
Alex French / New York Times:
How The Lego Movie spawned a trend toward non-narrative movies aimed at existing fan bases, like The Emoji Movie and a potential Fruit Ninja movie
John Leland / New York Times:
Profile of gossip columnist Liz Smith, now 94, whose faded power reflects the waning of tabloids
Discussion: Jezebel
Newswise:
Greta Van Susteren is named a senior fellow at the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy