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9:00 AM ET, July 17, 2019


 Top News: 
Sources: Apple plans to fund original, exclusive podcasts and has reached out to media companies, in a bid to compete with Spotify  —  - Tech giant looks to use exclusives to compete with Spotify  — Company has recently added new Podcasts Mac app, web interface
Aaron Rupar / Vox:
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway grilled a Jewish reporter about his ethnicity while defending Trump's racist statements about four congresswomen of color  —  When the quiet part becomes very loud.  —  White House counselor Kellyanne Conway went as far as to grill a Jewish reporter …
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Twitter says Trump's racist tweets attacking four congresswomen don't break its rules and will not be labeled with a disclaimer  —  New York (CNN Business)President Trump's weekend tweets in which he used racist language to attack four progressive Democratic congresswomen are not against Twitter's rules …
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
In her promising debut as the CBS Evening News anchor, Norah O'Donnell called out Trump's racist tweets as she attempts to restore trust in the network
Simon Austin / Prolific North:
The Athletic hires the BBC's sports correspondent David Ornstein as part of its recruitment of journalists whose large followings are fans of big soccer teams  —  BBC Sports Correspondent David Ornstein is leaving the Corporation after 12 years to join American sports website The Athletic.
Discussion: Spectator and @markdistef
The Daily Beast:
David Barstow, who reportedly alienated co-authors on the NYT team that probed Trump's taxes by planning a book with a source, is leaving to join UC Berkeley  —  David Barstow joins Berkeley journalism school after winning a fourth Pulitzer and alienating his teammates by trying to ghostwrite a book with a top-secret source.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Newsletter platform Substack raises $15.3M Series A led by Andreessen Horowitz, says Substack newsletters now have 50,000 paying subscribers  —  Andreessen Horowitz is betting that there's still a big opportunity in newsletters — the venture capital firm is leading a $15.3 million Series A in Substack.
Times of Malta:
Three men accused of murdering journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia will stand trial after prosecutors in Malta issued a formal bill of indictment  —  Vincent Muscat and Degiorgio brothers Alfred and George were arrested in December 2017 and have spent the past 19 months in and out of court …
Discussion: Agence France-Presse, BBC and Politico
Andrew Beaujon / Washingtonian:
Interview with Politico's Daniel Lippman about why he's moving on from writing Politico's Playbook newsletter to report on the White House full-time  —  We talked with him about his new job reporting full-time on the White House and life in Washington.  —  Daniel Lippman will probably …
Discussion: @dlippman
Pearson, the world's largest education publisher, says all future releases of its 1,500 active US titles will be “digital first” and updated on an ongoing basis  —  The world's largest education publisher has taken the first step towards phasing out print books by making all its learning resources “digital first”.
Kansas City TV station criticized for editing the audio a woman secretly recorded of her conversation with an NFL player accused of child abuse  —  A clash of journalism values was on display last week when a Kansas City news director went on the air to defend his station.  —  The background
Nicholas Quah / Nieman Lab:
Southern California Public Radio announces a new podcast division called LAist Studios, aiming to be the West Coast equivalent of WNYC Studios  —  Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts.  This is issue 218, dated July 16, 2019.  —  California dreamin'.
Discussion: LAist, Apple Podcasts and RAIN News
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Mariel Padilla / New York Times:
Judge: publisher of neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer, Andrew Anglin, should pay $14M+ in damages for encouraging anti-Semitic harassment and intimidation of a woman
BuzzFeed News:
Pro-Trump meme-maker Carpe Donktum appeared on OANN under a pseudonym, a fact not revealed to viewers during the broadcast
N'dea Yancey-Bragg / USA Today:
The historic photo archive of Ebony and Jet is being auctioned by the magazines' now-bankrupt former publisher in order to pay creditors
Discussion: @usatoday
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Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix alters the graphic suicide scene from the season one finale of 13 Reasons Why, with support from the medical community, after two years of controversy
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
As part of its Daily Essentials section, Quibi to launch a twice-daily news show in partnership with NBC, a multiyear, eight-figure deal, sources say