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1:25 PM ET, August 1, 2019

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Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
The LAT's disappointing digital subscriber numbers attest to the importance of subscriber retention, which the paper should invest in like the NYT has  —  When Patrick Soon-Shiong bought the Los Angeles Times out of its tronckian purgatory last year, it was an occasion to consider where it sat …
Matthew Kassel / Columbia Journalism Review:
Seventeen journalists discuss “aha” moments that changed the way they thought about their work  —  Between 2013 and 2016, I worked as a reporter for The New York Observer.  It was my first full-time job in journalism, there was little oversight, and I had no assigned beat.
Discussion: @xpatriciah
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Nylon EIC Gabrielle Korn is stepping down following the title's acquisition by Bustle; Bustle Digital EIC Emma Rosenblum will be interim editor  —  There's even more churn at Bryan Goldberg's Bustle as Nylon Editor-in-Chief Gabrielle Korn is exiting after five years, Media Ink has learned.
University of Birmingham:
Researchers find WhatsApp was used both to spread fake news and to strengthen accountability and promote inclusion around Nigeria's 2019 elections  —  At the Shehu Musa Yar'Adua Centre in Abuja, Nigeria, on Monday 29 July, researchers from the Centre for Democracy and Development (Nigeria) …
Discussion: CDD
Patricia Nilsson / Financial Times:
Ofcom gives BBC approval to make its content available on iPlayer for a year or more, scrapping the previous 30-day limit, to help compete against Netflix  —  The UK media regulator has given permission for the BBC to transform its iPlayer from a catch-up service into a Netflix-style streaming platform …
 
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Reuters:
Thomson Reuters Q2: $1.42B in revenue, up 9% YoY; it and Blackstone-affiliated funds have sold Bloomberg rival Refinitiv to the London Stock Exchange for ~$27B
Discussion: CNN and The Guardian
Sara Jerde / Adweek:
Bloomberg says subscribers are spending between four and five hours a day watching BloombergTV+, now available in HD and 4K, on Bloomberg.com
Discussion: @swanniontv
 Earlier Picks: 
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
CNN's first debate, featuring divisive questions, frustratingly short response times, and outsize attention to fringe candidates, was a lost opportunity
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
After six months fact-checking for Facebook, Full Fact makes 10 recommendations, including expanding the program to Instagram, enlisting help on public health
Tim Ingham / Music Business Worldwide:
Spotify reports 108M paying subscribers in Q2, up 31% YoY, and an operating loss of €3M on revenue of €1.67B, up 31% YoY; stock drops 5%+
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Deadspin, owned by G/O Media, is planning a story on company CEO Jim Spanfeller; Spanfeller reacts publicly with plans for an outside editor to review the story