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8:55 PM ET, August 3, 2019


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AAJA Voices:
Data collected from ~150 interns who worked at seven top news orgs shows 65% went to the most selective four-year colleges; NYT, WaPo, WSJ recruited from top 1%  —  Two out of three summer interns from seven top newsrooms came from among the most selective colleges in America, our analysis shows.
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
CNN analyst and Playboy correspondent Brian Karem says the White House suspended his press pass for 30 days; CNN says WH cited Karem's dispute with Seb Gorka  —  Playboy White House correspondent and CNN political analyst Brian Karem said today the White House has suspended his press pass for 30 days.
Laura Wagner / Deadspin:
G/O employees discuss Jim Spanfeller's dubious hiring practices, apparent disregard for C-suite diversity, micromanagement, and editorial interference  —  When Jim Spanfeller and a private equity firm called Great Hill Partners took over G/O Media—formerly Gizmodo Media Group—in April …
Richard Fausset / New York Times:
A look at The Warroad Pioneer's 121-year history, the Minnesota paper's role in the community, and its last days, “a death by familiar cuts”  —  The Warroad Pioneer, a pillar of its small Minnesota town, ended its 121-year run with bloody marys, bold type and gloom about the void it would leave behind.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: CBS and Viacom reach working agreement; CBS acting chief Joe Ianniello to oversee CBS's branded assets, Bob Bakish to become CEO of combined company  —  Working agreement calls for CBS acting chief Joe Ianniello to oversee all of CBS's branded assets and for Viacom boss Bob Bakish to become CEO
Daniela Flamini / Poynter:
Internet shutdowns, which are on the rise by governments who say they're necessary to curb misinformation, can bar the dissemination of accurate information  —  In July of 2016, the young militant commander Burhan Wani was shot dead by government forces in the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
How Ron Howard and Brian Grazer's Imagine is responding to the streaming age: splitting with Universal, raising money to branch out into new forms of content  —  BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — “So this is a blow gun,” Brian Grazer said during an interview in his office.  “It shoots a very sharp dart.”
Jessica Bennett / New York Times:
Playboy after the Hefner family: a young, socially conscious staff taps female interviewers and photographers for its recently relaunched ad-free quarterly  —  The Hefners are gone, and so is the magazine's short-lived ban on nudity — as well as virtually anyone on the staff over 35.
Luis Gomez / Medium:
Survey of 160 former journalists finds 58% left in the last 3 years, 18% in 2019; 45% had worked in the field for 10+ years; 87% worked in print at one point  —  160 former journalists open up about why they left news to pursue a career elsewhere.  Here's what they want us to know about the news industry.
Colin Dixon / nScreenMedia:
Parks Associates: 39% of US broadband homes own a streaming media player, up 1% since 2018; Roku and Amazon Fire TV own 39% and 30% of the market, respectively  —  New research data shows that streaming media player growth is flattening.  However, the number of connected TV homes continues to grow strongly, thanks to smart TV.
Discussion: MediaPost
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Vimeo launches Vimeo Enterprise, a tool to allow companies to host, share, and manage video content internally, as it continues its pivot away from content
David Shepardson / Reuters:
FCC votes to tighten rules governing franchise fees paid by cable companies to local authorities, which could lead to public access channels going off the air
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Inside Pennsylvania PBS39's nightly solutions-focused newscast, launched ~11 months ago after the station received $82M from spectrum sale
Sarah Sluis / AdExchanger:
Hearst is building Hearst Audience Select, a self-serve ad platform for small brands to advertise across Hearst properties, to launch in time for Q4
Discussion: MediaPost
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Print generated $25B+ in revenue in 2018; its steady cash flow attracts investors who realize that lowering overhead reduces costs at a faster rate than revenue
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Data shows hundreds of possible bot social media accounts promoted misinformation and content on race during recent Democratic presidential debates
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Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Pew: 27% of papers with Sunday circulations of ~50K+ faced layoffs in 2018 vs. 32% in 2017; 14% of digital media sites laid off staff in 2018 vs. 20% in 2017