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8:20 AM ET, August 24, 2017


 Top News: 
Michael Calderone / HuffPost:
Trump follows long autocratic tradition by saying journalists “don't like our country” and are “trying to take away our history and heritage”  —  “This was incitement, plain and simple” ABC News correspondent Cecilia Vega said following Trump's Phoenix rally.
During a rally in Phoenix, Trump had harsher criticisms for the press than he did for the white supremacists at Charlottesville but praised Fox News and Hannity
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
In late-night emails, Wall Street Journal Editor Gerard Baker criticized staff for coverage of Trump rally, describing story as commentary, not reporting  —  Gerard Baker, the editor in chief of The Wall Street Journal, has faced unease and frustration in his newsroom over his stewardship …
Annalies Winny / The Guardian:
How some alt-weeklies without benefactors are setting up nonprofit arms to save local journalism across the US  —  An epidemic of free alternative newspaper closures has left many US cities with no local journalism at all.  Is it too late to save them?  —  Cities is supported by  —  About this content
Brandon Shulleeta / Poynter:
SEC filing: Ross Levinsohn, new CEO and publisher of LA Times, will get starting salary of $1M, Tronc stock, and potential bonuses  —  The new CEO and publisher of the Los Angeles Times will have a starting salary of $1 million, and he's positioned to make much more depending on the financial success …
Discussion: TheStreet and LA Observed
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
The ouster of The Los Angeles Times' Davan Maharaj and top editors raises questions about the direction of the newspaper and Tronc's strategy
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
ESPN faces criticism over decision to remove announcer Robert Lee from University of Virginia home football game because of his name  —  University of Virginia holds vigil  —  By trying to avoid an embarrassing ordeal, ESPN has embarrassed itself.  —  On Tuesday night …
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Washington Post creates Own, an ad product for distributing branded content, which works by automation, and should result in 80-90% profit margins  —  Publishers are running into a wall with so-called native ads.  Once seen as the panacea for declining digital ad rates …
Discussion: @lmoses, @digiday and @benmullin
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
New report finds that decentralization and other factors could protect speech online as “mega-platforms” amass greater gatekeeping powers  —  While platforms like Facebook have empowered users around the world to publish and browse the web and convene with friends online without …
Discussion: MediaShift and Marketplace
Wall Street Journal:
WPP faced stock drop of nearly 11% Wednesday after it reported global ad slowdown, amid consumer goods firms' budget cutbacks, competition, and trust issues  —  World's No. 1 advertising company is being hit by belt tightening at consumer-goods companies  —  Some of the world's biggest …
Lizzie Plaugic / The Verge:
Sony Music signs remixing deal with rights management firm Dubset; source says Dubset working on deals with Warner Music and Universal Music Group  —  Dubset wants to legitimize distribution for DJs and producers  —  Rights clearance startup Dubset has just inked a deal with Sony Music …
Discussion: FACT Magazine
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
YouTubers Ethan and Hila Klein, who run H3H3, win fair use case in district court for a reaction video after being sued by Matt Hosseinzadeh, or Matt Hoss  —  Ethan and Hila Klein, the husband-and-wife team behind the popular H3H3 YouTube channel, appear to have won their legal battle against Matt Hosseinzadeh, a.k.a. Matt Hoss.
Hollywood Reporter:
At Edinburgh TV Festival, anchor Jon Snow says Facebook and Google must help figure out how to finance serious, reliable news  —  Jon Snow attacked the social media giant's “lack of activity” in the keynote MacTaggart lecture at the Edinburgh TV Festival.  —  U.K. TV news legend Jon Snow …
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David Lieberman / Deadline:
In the two days after MoviePass dropped its monthly price, it surpassed 150K subscribers; it had just 20K in December
Discussion: The Verge
Brian Flood / The Wrap:
Messaging app Blend, backed by Lerer Ventures and NBA All-Star Russell Westbrook, blocks Breitbart News from being shared on its platform
Discussion: SlashGear
Richard Horgan / Adweek:
Ex-Gawker Media exec and Fusion Media Group SVP Mia Libby is joining The Daily Beast as Chief Revenue Officer
Discussion: Mediaite and Mediawire
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook partners with sports network Stadium, will exclusively broadcast 15 college football games live
Discussion: Recode, Adweek and Engadget
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Adrianne Jeffries / The Outline:
How Mic exploited social justice for clicks and then abandoned a staff that believed in it, according to current and former staffers
Discussion: The Week and The Daily Caller