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5:10 PM ET, August 10, 2019

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Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
A look at the Gannett/GateHouse deal, which is far from ideal for either company or their readers; neither company has offered a big vision aside from cost cuts  —  What will the largest local news company need to do and be to be successful in the 2020s?  Neither Gannett nor Gatehouse …
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Reuters:   Filing: MNG Enterprises, controlled by Alden Global Capital, reveals a 9.4% stake in New Media Investment Group and says it may vote against a deal with Gannett
Lulu Garcia-Navarro / The Atlantic:
The El Paso shooting was the deadliest attack on Latinos in recent history, yet national headlines and TV chyrons downplayed that fact and emphasized Trump  —  I've been a professional journalist for 20 years.  But this week, the media failed Latinos in America during what was perhaps our darkest hour in my lifetime.
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
11 current and past YouTube moderators say popular creators like Logan Paul often get special treatment in the form of looser interpretations of guidelines  —  Moderators describe a chaotic workplace where exceptions for lucrative influencers are the norm.  —  SAN FRANCISCO …
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Interview with “Archie Carter”, a writer who pranked Quillette with a now-pulled essay while posing as a blue-collar member of Democratic Socialists of America  —  “Archie Carter,” who pretended to be a blue-collar member of the Democratic Socialists of America …
Rae Ellen Bichell / kunc.org:
Longmont, a city in Colorado, is doing a feasibility study on how to change the way its library is funded, in a way that might also help fund local journalism  —  Many parts of the Mountain West are news deserts — and it's getting worse.  More than 20 counties in our region have no local newspaper.
Discussion: @jenniferbrandel
Blake Montgomery / The Atlantic:
Profile of Amazon Publishing, which puts out around 1,100 titles a year and, like Prime Video, exists to reinforce Prime memberships  —  What does the e-commerce giant want with the notoriously fickle world of publishing?  To own your every reading decision.  —  Have you read Victoria Helen Stone's False Step?
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Disney pivots its Fox strategy after a number of flops, putting Fox's Marvel movies under Marvel Studios and scrapping indie projects from the Searchlight unit  —  X-Men, Deadpool, and Fantastic Four will exist under Marvel Studios  —  21st Century Fox's current film strategy …
Discussion: @loudmouthjulia
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Glow, a platform for podcast creators to set up payment options for fans to fund their shows, raises $2.3M seed from Katzenberg's WndrCo, Greycroft, and others  —  Glow Technologies, a startup whose platform lets podcast creators set up payment options for fans to fund their shows …
Jacqui Banaszynski / Storyboard Posts Archive:
Q&A with Michael Kruse, senior staff writer at Politico on covering his first Trump rally in Greenville in a “sweaty, panicky, fatigue-fighting sprint”  —  Politico Magazine's Michael Kruse leans on tried-and-true storytelling techniques (and a good editor) to deliver “something else” from a news event
Daniel Green / Journalism.co.uk:
How First News, UK's only newspaper for preteens and teenagers, tries to cover stories like Brexit and climate crisis without overwhelming its young readers  —  From Brexit to the climate crisis, 60 per cent of UK's 12-15-year-olds are interested in news.  But how do you report for younger audiences without overwhelming them?
Committee to Protect Journalists:
CPJ and RCFP file a FOIA lawsuit seeking docs about a US Customs agent's contact with NYT's Ali Watkins regarding an investigation to identify leakers  —  Yesterday, the Committee to Protect Journalists and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) filed a lawsuit …
Brian Fung / CNN:
Sources: Trump's draft executive order calls for new FCC regulations narrowing CDA Section 230 protections for social media platforms when they suppress content  —  Washington (CNN Business)A draft executive order from the White House could put the Federal Communications Commission in charge …
 
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Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
News UK says The Times and The Sunday Times now have combined paid digital-only subscribers of 304K, up 19% YoY, for a total of 539K paid subscribers
Shira Feder / The Daily Beast:
NYT is examining deputy Washington editor Jonathan Weisman's “poor judgment on social media and in responding to criticism”, after his responses to Roxane Gay
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Facebook offered millions to ABC News, Dow Jones, Washington Post, and Bloomberg to license their content for a Facebook news section to debut in 2019
 

 
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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
A look at Apple's slow rollout of AI features, impressive visionOS 2 beta, plans for thinnest, lightest devices in tech, including a phone in the iPhone 17 line

Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:
Report: alleged ringleader of the Scattered Spider hacking group was arrested in Spain; sources: the accused is a 22-year-old Scottish man named Tyler Buchanan

Caroline O'Donovan / Washington Post:
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