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5:40 PM ET, July 10, 2019


 Top News: 
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
The News Project's publishing platform, which aims to provide “a news business in a box”, goes live with its first customer, CalMatters  —  CEO Merrill Brown says he founded The News Project to address one of the big problems in the journalism business: “It costs too much to launch and operate news sites.”
Elizabeth Grieco / Pew Research Center:
US newsroom employment fell 25% between 2008 and 2018, down 47% for newspapers, up 82% in the digital-native sector, remaining stable for broadcast and cable TV  —  Newsroom employment across the United States continues to decline, driven primarily by job losses at newspapers.
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Viacom taps Netflix alum Devin Griffin to oversee BET+, BET's subscription video streaming service set to launch in the fall  —  Devin Griffin will oversee BET+, the subscription video-on-demand platform set to launch in the fall.  —  BET+, the forthcoming subscription video-on-demand platform set …
Discussion: The Wrap and Variety
Tim Peterson / Digiday:
Facebook tries to become a more reliable source of revenue for video creators by adding retention analytics, expanding its virtual tipping currency, and more  —  Even by Facebook's own admission, it hasn't been a reliable revenue generator for publishers.  But Facebook hopes that isn't the case …
Discussion: CNBC, AdExchanger, Adweek and TechCrunch
Larrison Campbell / Mississippi Today:
A candidate for Mississippi governor, Robert Foster, refused a reporter's request for access to a campaign trip unless she brought a male colleague with her  —  In recent weeks, in an attempt to better inform readers about candidates in the upcoming Republican gubernatorial primary …
Jonah Weiner / New York Times:
An in-depth look at the changing TV landscape as users shift towards consuming media online, pitting old companies like HBO against new companies like Netflix  —  In their rush to match Netflix, competitors like HBO, Hulu and Amazon are ordering a slew of content — ushering out the age of …
Max Willens / Digiday:
As video streaming wars heat up, publishers increase revenue with significant affiliate commissions they earn by driving signups to those services  —  The battle of streaming video has only just begun, but publishers are cashing in thanks to affiliate links.
Meerah Powell / OPB:
Bankruptcy filing: all employees of Oregon's Bend Bulletin must be fired as part of Western Communications' sales deal with Rhode Island Suburban Newspapers  —  A new court filing outlining the sale of Central Oregon's only daily newspaper shows that all employees of the Bend Bulletin …
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
In a 3-2 party-line vote, the Republican-controlled FCC votes to ease rules governing children's programming broadcasts  —  In a 3-2 party-line vote, the Republican-controlled FCC voted Wednesday to ease rules governing children's programming broadcasts.  —  The move, which had been widely expected …
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Attila Mong / Committee to Protect Journalists:
In Albania, where organized crime and politics are intertwined, both local and international journalists face violence and job loss for covering these ties
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Rather than blaming Russia, it's more accurate to pin the broad embrace of Seth Rich conspiracies on Julian Assange, Alex Jones, and Sean Hannity
Todd Spangler / Variety:
WarnerMedia's HBO Max is set to launch in spring 2020 with 10K hours of programming including exclusive streaming rights to Friends, CW dramas, and films
Ann E. Marimow / Washington Post:
Federal appeals court rules that President Trump violated the First Amendment by blocking his critics on Twitter