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7:45 AM ET, August 31, 2017


 Top News: 
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Disney is prepping budget cuts of 10% in Disney/ABC Television Group, including job reductions of up to 300, at ABC News, local TV stations, more  —  As many as 300 jobs could be cut in aim to reach 10% reduction in costs  —  Walt Disney Co. is preparing significant budget cuts …
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Facebook-funded shows begin rolling out this week on Watch, as publishers including Business Insider, Tastemade, Refinery29, and Nat Geo debut original content  —  Facebook's latest attempt to take on YouTube begins in earnest this week as various publishers begin to roll out Facebook-funded shows on the platform.
Discussion: Adweek, FierceCable, Adweek and The Verge
Jack Shafer / Politico:
The Freedom Forum spent too much on the symbolic $450M Newseum rather than on supporting journalism  —  You know that triumphant feeling that sweeps from your brain to your toes when one of your enemies stumbles and falls into a mass of his own excrement?  Such delight overwhelmed me yesterday …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The Newseum, dedicated to free expression and awash in red ink, becomes a metaphor for the besieged state of the American press
Discussion: Journalism News and @sulliview
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Ben Jacobs, the Guardian reporter assaulted by congressional candidate Greg Gianforte, says Gianforte is refusing a promised on-the-record interview  —  Reporter recounts fight with GOP candidate  —  Ben Jacobs, the reporter who was assaulted by Montana congressional candidate Greg Gianforte …
Mike DeNardo / CBS Philly: to limit free stories to 10/month starting 9/5; print subscribers can get digital access for $0.25-$0.30/week, with digital-only subs at $3/week  —  PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Starting next week, there will be a limit to the free stories you can read on
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
Scottish blogger Jason Michael McCann, who calls himself a journalist in his Twitter bio, defends his viral hoax tweet showing a shark in Houston's flood waters  —  “Of course I knew it was fake, it was part of the reason I shared the bloomin' thing.”  —  It was just before 6 a.m. in Dublin …
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
Publishers are letting writers go as they turn to video and try to replicate success of Vice, which is said to be valued at $5.7B or twice that of the NYT  —  Digital media churns out videos for tech and media giants  —  Adults to spend 81 minutes a day on digital video: eMarketer
The Guardian:
Over 21M comments have been submitted to FCC on its proposed neutrality roll-back as it closes submissions, although many are duplicates or created by spambots  —  The FCC has received nearly 22m comments on “Restoring Internet Freedom” with just hours left before the window for public feedback closes on Wednesday
Caroline Scott /
How Vox used crowdsourcing to help plan its new six-part Borders documentary series, coming this fall, with audience suggesting locations, activities, more  —  Vox reporter Johnny Harris has created and maintained a dialogue with his audience as he travels around the world
Discussion: @carolinescott91 and @storybench
Shane Bauer / Mother Jones:
News outlets erred in Berkeley protest coverage by focusing on scattered violence, ignoring bigger story that Bay Area has become targeted by far-right groups  —  The violence I saw was only part of the story.  —  Over the weekend, thousands of people hit the streets of San Francisco and Berkeley …
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Mark Brown / The Guardian:
BBC Radio 3 outlines plans to broadcast more “slow radio”, including chanting of Benedictine monks, voices of people with dementia, more
Discussion: BBC
Ross Benes / Digiday:
USA Today Network reformats mobile site to provide personalized homepages for users, plans rollout to all users for all of its properties within six months
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
A year after Philippe Dauman was ousted as CEO of Viacom, the company has continued to struggle, with its stock price plummeting another 30%
Daily Mail:
Two Daily Mail journalists were injured in Houston on Tuesday after the boat they were travelling in was electrocuted by submerged power lines
Discussion: Telegraph
 Earlier Picks: 
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
Axel Springer teams with German non-media companies to launch Verimi alliance, which will offer a single login to better compete with Facebook-Google duopoly
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Apple, continuing its fight with media partners, will likely only succeed with TV when it brings its original shows to market
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Media intelligence provider Meltwater acquires Algo, a real-time, machine learning data analytics platform
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
BuzzFeed News partners with Latvia-based Meduza for Russian coverage, focusing on joint investigations, which it will commission