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4:00 PM ET, July 17, 2019


 Top News: 
Kerry Flynn / Digiday:
Twitter releases LiveCut, a tool to help publishers make, monetize, and share video clips of live broadcasts, similar to SnappyTV, which Twitter bought in 2014  —  Twitter has a new tool to help publishers make more Twitter videos.  —  LiveCut lets publishers make, monetize and share video clips of live broadcasts through Twitter.
Jem Aswad / Variety:
Sony unites its recorded-music operation, Sony Music Entertainment, and its publishing company, Sony/ATV, under Sony Music Group led by SME chief Rob Stringer  —  Sony has created Sony Music Group, an umbrella for both its recorded-music operation — Sony Music Entertainment …
Discussion: Billboard and RAIN News
Mark Di Stefano / BuzzFeed:
US sports site The Athletic poaches Daniel Taylor from The Guardian and David Ornstein from the BBC, continuing its UK football journalism talent hiring spree  —  “It's a journalist transfer window.”  —  A US sports website that wants to dominate the British football market has made a series …
Sara Jerde / Adweek:
Former Bloomberg Media CRO Keith Grossman joins Time as president, reporting to Time editor in chief and CEO Edward Felsenthal  —  Exclusive: The former Bloomberg Media CRO also spent 5 months at Engine  —  Time, the nearly 100-year-old brand, is getting a new president.
Discussion: MediaPost
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Reflecting on VidCon, it's clear that influencers' command of social media foreshadows future power in politics and elsewhere  —  As social media expands its cultural dominance, the people who can steer the online conversation will have an upper hand.  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. …
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Facebook Journalism Project announces 22 projects receiving grants between $5,000 and $25,000 to fund community-building proposals over the next six months  —  In its latest quest to build community, Facebook is trying to develop a meta-community for local news publishers to then, you know, build that community.
Discussion: @mathewi
Max Willens / Digiday:
Bloomberg launches Work Wise, a newsletter with work and career content, after noticing 48% of traffic to its company pages came from people under the age of 34  —  Shortly after Julia Beizer joined Bloomberg Media as chief product officer last year, she had a conversation with David Harding …
Discussion: @juliabeizer and Bloomberg Media
Sara Guaglione / MediaPost:
Group Nine's animal-focused publisher The Dodo debuts a children's vertical called Dodo Kids, with a brand-safe YouTube channel  —  The Dodo, a digital publisher owned by Group Nine that focuses on animal content, launched a new vertical called Dodo Kids.  —  The division will produce kid …
Discussion: Axios, @benjlerer and Tubefilter
Sarah Jones / New York Magazine:
Some staffers wrote First Look Media's board in protest after Topic Magazine's closing and The Nib's de-funding, amid rumors First Look bought  —  Employees are worried that one of the nation's largest and most prominent left-of-center media companies, First Look Media, has lost its way.
April Ehrlich / Jefferson Public Radio:
Sinclair has invested in a small Oregon newspaper, which partnered with a Sinclair TV station to share content, a web management system, and soon, a building  —  America's biggest broadcast media company is financially backing the owner of the Rogue Valley's largest newspaper …
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
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 …
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