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8:25 AM ET, July 25, 2019


 Top News: 
Maria Bustillos / Columbia Journalism Review:
After Mueller's testimony, NBC's Chuck Todd showed a basic misunderstanding of the requirements of his job, critiquing “optics” of the testimony, not substance  —  After former Special Counsel Robert Mueller' testified before the House Judiciary Committee this morning …
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
FTC announces a $5B fine against Facebook for repeated privacy violations as part of a settlement that requires federal oversight of its business practices  —  The settlement between the Federal Trade Commission and Facebook ends a 16-month probe that began after revelations of the tech giant's entanglement with Cambridge Analytica
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Comcast Q2 earnings beat estimates with Sky accounting for a 23.6% YoY revenue spike; NBCU revenue fell 0.8% to $8.2B, but earnings grew 8.1% YoY to $2.3B  —  Comcast's second quarter earnings beat analysts estimates but total revenue came in just shy of expectations.
Discussion: The Wrap, Reuters and CNBC
Michael Barthel / Pew Research Center:
Study: in 2018, US newspaper circulation reached its lowest level since 1940; digital ad revenue, which grew 23% YoY, has nearly tripled since 2011  —  Every year since 2004, Pew Research Center has issued an assessment of the state of the news media, tracking key audience and economic indicators …
Douglas A. McIntyre / 24/7 Wall St.:
About 2,100 newspapers have closed in the USA since 2004, almost all of which are weeklies, leaving ~7,000 still in publication, many with declining revenues  —  The newspaper industry has continued its relentless downward spiral, which started with the advent of the internet and accelerated during the Great Recession.
Terricha Phillips / Columbia Journalism Review:
After Mississippi candidate for governor denied access to a reporter because she is a woman, other journalists say this is common on the political beat  —  Mississippi's Republican gubernatorial primary, just two weeks away, has been marked by a scandal over the ways female reporters are treated.
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
WAN-IFRA report details how news outlets are innovating in repressive news environments with partnerships, membership programs, sponsored content, and more  —  Digital publishers worldwide face a common set of challenges — monetizing digital while retaining print subscribers …
David Bauder / Associated Press:
NowThis has attracted attention by creating pointed media criticism with videos illustrating inconsistencies by Fox News personalities  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Some of the day's most pointed media criticism lets its subjects do the talking.  —  The news outlet NowThis has attracted attention …
Jeremy B. Merrill / Quartz:
How Quartz used AI to help reporters search the Mauritius Leaks by finding similar documents among the 200K contained in the trove  —  Earlier this year, a whistleblower secretly leaked documents from a law firm in Mauritius to a group of investigative journalists.
Discussion: @zseward
Washington Post:
The Washington Post establishes a computational political journalism R&D lab to augment its campaign 2020 coverage  —  The Washington Post's newly launched elections engineering team will establish a computational political journalism R&D lab in the newsroom this fall.
Eli Blumenthal / CNET:
AT&T plans yet another new video streaming service, AT&T TV, which it will pilot in select markets this summer  —  AT&T's video struggles may be continuing to worsen, but that doesn't mean the company has stopped trying to find new ways to get people to watch television.
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Bijan Stephen / The Verge:
As streaming offerings get more expensive and convoluted, people are setting up their own platforms via Plex servers to share media, including pirated content
Kyle Bessey /
Journalists' unique use of social media exacerbates all its negative psychological effects, which can lead to mental health problems
Andreas Wiseman / Deadline:
Streaming service iflix is closing down its Middle East operations amid frustration from local distributors “to focus on its core markets in Southeast Asia”
Discussion: Variety
 Earlier Picks: 
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed News:
Interviews, including with the dev who led the team behind the retweet button, discuss the power of retweets to drive extreme content and spread misinformation
Om Malik:
Media companies keep playing a blame game, pointing to tech companies for their failures, but sales execs focused on short-term thinking should take the blame
Sasha Koren / Times Open:
NYT R&D debuts The News Provenance Project to explore product design and user-facing tools to make content origins clearer to audiences and fight misinformation
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Jodi Rudoren, a veteran editor and reporter at The New York Times, has been named editor in chief of The Forward, a 122-year-old Jewish publication