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2:35 PM ET, August 21, 2019

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Ethan Zuckerman / My heart's in Accra:
Ethan Zuckerman, director of the MIT Center for Civic Media, says he plans to leave the MIT Media Lab in May 2020 due to the lab's ties to Jeffrey Epstein  —  A week ago last Friday, I spoke to Joi Ito about the release of documents that implicate Media Lab co-founder Marvin Minsky in Jeffrey Epstein's horrific crimes.
Jacob Granger / Journalism.co.uk:
UK's The Daily Telegraph says those who sign up for its WhatsApp audio briefings are 12x more likely to become paid subscribers than homepage readers  —  Commuters who engage with personalised voice updates are 12 times more likely to become paying subscribers, according to the publisher
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Jacob Granger / Journalism.co.uk:
Chris Duncan, managing director of The Times, on how the paper patiently grows digital subscriber numbers using free trials, samples, and key usage data
Discussion: Adweek
Han Zhang / New Yorker:
A look at College Daily, a nationalistic Chinese news site producing viral content for Chinese students living overseas, with 1M+ readers a day mostly on WeChat  —  On a Monday morning in February, members of the staff of College Daily, an online Chinese-language publication for Chinese students living …
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
AT&T's Xandr, which now owns ad exchange AppNexus, confirms it restored service to Breitbart, nearly three years after it was banned for hate speech violations  —  'Breitbart inquired how it could return to our platform, satisfied our requirements, and is reinstated,' a representative said
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
Google says it will join IAB Europe's framework for GDPR when the Transparency and Consent Framework 2.0 goes live, which is expected by end of Q1 2020  —  The industry's attempt to create a standardized framework for compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation has been overhauled …
Discussion: Multichannel News and AdExchanger
Nikhil Subramaniam / Inc42 Media:
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
Sources: to satisfy regulators, YouTube officials are finalizing plans to end targeted advertisements on videos kids are likely to watch  —  - The solution could impact ad sales for the video giant  — Groups that complained to regulators aren't satisfied by fix
Daniel Green / Journalism.co.uk:
Washington Post video producer shares how the paper found success on TikTok through a “wholesome dad” approach and using a filming style similar to The Office  —  With its funny videos and memes, the US news site amassed 78k followers in three months, even inspiring teens to want to become journalists
Discussion: @mattnavarra
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Brian Karem, Playboy's White House correspondent and a CNN contributor, files a lawsuit against the White House, seeking restoration of his press pass  —  Playboy White House correspondent Brian Karem on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against the White House after his credentials were suspended for a month.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
BuzzFeed introduces MoodFeed, a new way for readers to find content depending on their mood across six options  —  BuzzFeed is offering readers a new approach to finding content that fits the way they're feeling right now.  —  It's not the boring old approach of following a link on social media or search …
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
Publishers are anticipating a revenue decline as Apple tightens its anti-tracking policies to prevent covert techniques like link decoration and fingerprinting  —  Apple is on the anti-tracking warpath again.  The company has further tightened its anti-tracking policies in order …
 
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Kate Irby / The Fresno Bee:
Four months after announcing a lawsuit, Rep. Devin Nunes serves McClatchy with paperwork, suing in Virginia; McClatchy does not publish a paper in Virginia
Discussion: @marekthebee
Molly Conger / The Guardian:
Freelance reporter Molly Conger on losing her column with a weekly paper in Charlottesville after a police association complained about her reporting
Ira Boudway / Bloomberg:
Profile of The Athletic, which now has 400+ editorial staffers and expects to have ~1M subscribers by 2020; source: a funding in May valued it at about $500M
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Pat Caldwell / Malheur Enterprise:
Malheur County officials in Oregon request a criminal investigation into The Malheur Enterprise reporters over after-hours phone calls and emails to officials
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Facebook releases first findings from a conservative bias audit, says initial findings influenced policy changes like creation of a content oversight board
Max Willens / Digiday:
Facebook to hire a small team of journalists to curate a Top News section in its upcoming news tab, which it will begin testing in the US by the end of October