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3:05 PM ET, July 30, 2019


 Top News: 
Michael Calderone / Politico:
Black journalists, weighed down by the psychological and emotional toll of Trump's racism, push media to cover race in politics head-on  —  The Associated Press earlier this year shifted a national race and ethnicity reporter to its 2020 election team, an acknowledgment that race has become …
Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
CNN and Jeff Zucker plot 2020 election coverage and promise things will be different; CNN won't air any rallies live, as it did repeatedly for Trump in 2016  —  “Side shot!  Side shot!  Side shot!”  —  It's Mueller Day in Washington, and the man calling out instructions in the darkened control room …
Greg Dool / Folio:
London-based Future acquires online publisher and B2B newsletter specialist SmartBrief for $45M and up to $20M in deferred payments  —  Future plc has acquired online publisher and B2B newsletter specialist SmartBrief, the latest move in a string of purchases aimed at expanding …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
AT&T will rebrand DirecTV Now as AT&T TV Now, as it plans to test AT&T TV, a new and separate streaming TV service, in select markets  —  Say goodbye to the “DirecTV Now” name.  —  Later this summer, AT&T will retire the name of the over-the-top TV service, first launched in December 2016 …
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
Newsmax CEO Michael Clemente is stepping down after 15 months; he will remain CEO as he transitions to a consultancy role  —  Michael Clemente, a veteran executive of ABC and Fox News who last year joined Newsmax TV as chief executive officer, is out of his position at the conservative TV outlet — 15 months after taking the job.
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Will Thorne / Variety:
PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger, who has been in the role since 2006, renews her contract for five more years  —  PBS president and CEO Paula Kerger has signed a 5-year contract extension with the company.  —  Kerger made the announcement at the network's summer Television Critics Association press tour.
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Cloud movie locker UltraViolet is shutting down on July 31, requires customers to link their accounts to a partner to save their digital purchases  —  Cloud movie locker UltraViolet is shutting down this coming Wednesday (7/31), putting an end to one of Hollywood's more ambitious efforts to promote the ownership of digital content.
Hannah Knowles / Washington Post:
Behind the Baltimore Sun's widely read editorial written in response to Trump's tweets attacking the city, which drove atypical traffic and subscriptions  —  The paper of the city that President Trump attacked didn't mince words.  —  “Better to have a few rats than to be one,” the Baltimore Sun's editorial declared in its headline.
Brian Stelter / CNN:
The Fox News distortions behind Trump's attack on Baltimore and its congressman
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Chronicle of Higher Education:
Corbin Gwaltney, founder and editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Chronicle of Philanthropy, has died at 97
A.J. Katz / TVNewser:
HuffPost editor-at-large and former Vanity Fair contributing editor Vicky Ward is joining CNN as senior reporter
In the last month, four big-budget Chinese films have been pulled shortly before release with tenuous explanations, sparking censorship concerns
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Inside Trump's voracious media diet, made up of major newspapers and printouts of online articles, which staffers use to try to influence him
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Robert Eliason:
Local reporter in Gilroy, CA, describes national news media swarming in to cover the aftermath of the Garlic Festival shooting, crowding out local press