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7:00 PM ET, August 22, 2019


 Top News: 
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: News Corp is developing a news-aggregation service called Knewz, to address publisher concerns about Google and Facebook  — will surface articles from hundreds of news sources, using software and human curation  —  News Corp is developing a news-aggregation service meant …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Sarah Huckabee Sanders will join Fox News as a contributor and is expected to make her debut on September 6  —  Sarah Huckabee Sanders, one of the more controversial holders of the office of White House Press Secretary in recent memory, will join Fox News Channel as a contributor.
Hugo Balta / National Association …:
National Association of Hispanic Journalists rescinds Fox sponsorship of NAHJ at a convention next month, over anti-Latino comments by radio host Todd Starnes  —  Dear NAHJ Members, Today I am announcing the decision to rescind the invitation of Fox News as a sponsor for NAHJ at the upcoming Excellence …
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
Google research indicates blocking cookies causes news sites to lose an average of 62% of ad revenue, proposes new controls to make it harder to track users  —  Google has planted another user data-privacy flag in the ground.  Today, the tech giant has released a proposal for industry standards around …
Jennifer Elias / CNBC:
Google says it has shut down 210 YouTube channels after it found they had been tied to misinformation about Hong Kong protesters  —  KEY POINTS  — In a blog post Thursday, Google said it axed more than 200 YouTube channels due to misinformation around Hong Kong protests.
Nine ABC News workers react to Sean Spicer's casting on Dancing with the Stars: “It's a slap in the face to those of us who had to deal with his baloney”  —  New York (CNN Business)Tom Bergeron isn't the only person who's unhappy about the casting of Sean Spicer on “Dancing With the Stars.”
Jennifer Elias / CNBC:
Krishna Bharat, who led the team that built Google News, returns to the company as a distinguished research scientist after a four-year hiatus  —  KEY POINTS  —  Pedestrians walk past Google headquarters in New York.  —  Krishna Bharat, the inventor of Google News, has returned to the company …
Tyler Falk / Current:
Alaska's governor signs bill cutting $2.7M from public broadcaster funding; head of Alaska Public Broadcasting Inc. says some stations may not survive long term  —  With a line-item veto to an appropriations bill Monday, Alaska's governor eliminated the state's funding for public broadcasters.
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
Tom Wright-Piersanti, an editor on NYT's politics desk, apologizes for offensive tweets from 10 years ago, after Breitbart highlighted the tweets  —  Wright-Persanti says he is “deeply sorry” for the now-deleted messages, which reference Jews  —  Tom Wright-Piersanti …
Simon Applebaum / MediaVillage:
Interview with WarnerMedia Innovation Lab's GM Jesse Redniss, as the project prepares to become operational in Manhattan's Chelsea district by March 2020  —  Not so long ago, convergence was the trend getting all buzz in the media universe.  The possibility that any video or non-video content …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Bauer Media 2018: pre-tax profit of £3.7M, down 65% YoY, with revenue of £120M; ad rev fell £5.4M to £38M, while newsstand and subscription rev fell £3M to £72M  —  Pre-tax profits at Empire and Grazia publisher Bauer Media fell by two-thirds last year as print magazines continue to decline.
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Andrew Carter / Raleigh News & Observer:
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Peter White / Deadline:
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Jeremy Gordon / Columbia Journalism Review:
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Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
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Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
BuzzFeed introduces MoodFeed, a new way for readers to find content depending on their mood across six options
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