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8:55 AM ET, August 25, 2019

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Megan Greenwell / Deadspin:
On her last day, Deadspin EIC Megan Greenwell describes the tragedy of digital media, where execs know less about making money than do ignored employees  —  There is a version of the story of this company in which idealistic journalists, unconcerned with profit, are posed against ruthless business-doers …
Antonia Hitchens / Wired:
Profile of Carla Engelbrecht, the director of product innovation at Netflix, whose experiments with interactive kids programs were a precursor to Bandersnatch  —  EARLIER THIS YEAR, Carla Engelbrecht flew to Phoenix, sat on the couch in a stranger's living room, and observed the stranger watching …
Discussion: @wired
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
A graphic look at a columnist's web activity during a typical workday shows how websites track users; news sites used the most tracking resources  —  Earlier this year, an editor working on The Times's Privacy Project asked me whether I'd be interested in having all my digital activity tracked …
Mike Janssen / Current:
PBS and PBS Kids to launch on YouTube TV in November; sources: some local PBS stations may have to pay $250 or $1,500 a month for local live streaming  —  PBS is exploring ways to help stations defray the potentially high costs of transmitting their live broadcast signals via YouTube TV …
Discussion: The Streamable and 9to5Google
Dana Feldman / Forbes:
eMarketer: 55.3% of Americans will view content via OTT subscriptions in 2019; Netflix to lose market share to Hulu and Amazon Prime Video over next few years  —  Just how rocky could things get for Netflix as the influx of new streaming competitors enter the playing field?
Discussion: MediaPost
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
A look at The Philadelphia Inquirer, three years into nonprofit ownership, after newsroom buyouts, a continued lack of raises, and low morale  —  Buyouts, rebranding, good journalism, and a vision still in progress: The Philadelphia Inquirer has had quite a summer.
Adam Willis / The Atlantic:
The real crisis of campus free speech is the erosion of student newspapers, which serve as checks against administrative malfeasance, training grounds, and more  —  In September 2017, Rebecca Liebson broke the biggest story of her college career and put her school's administration on its heels.
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Sonam Vashi / Columbia Journalism Review:
Profile of Mario Guevara, a reporter for Atlanta's Mundo Hispánico, and the tightrope he walks between police sources and people in Spanish-speaking communities  —  Early on the morning of Sunday, July 14, as immigration raids threatened by President Trump⁠ were set to begin across the country …
Lewis Raven Wallace / Nieman Reports:
A look at challenges trans reporters face when out on the job and how their increased newsroom presence is improving the quality and quantity of trans coverage  —  Trans reporters want more accurate and more sensitive coverage of trans issues and an end to false equivalency
Discussion: @landontjones
Stephanie Sengwe / The Streamable:
Disney+ to allow unlimited offline viewing on any number of devices, 4 simultaneous streams, and up to 7 profiles, will have a unique UI for kids, and more  —  The Streamable is reader-supported and may earn an affiliate commission when you sign up with our links.  —  Today was a big day for Disney at the D23 Expo.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
It is time for April Ryan and CNN to comment about Ryan's bodyguard manhandling a reporter, or they will relinquish their standing as First Amendment champions  —  Ever since she joined CNN in 2017, April Ryan has distinguished herself as a vociferous and resilient advocate for press freedom.
 
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube TV adds two more add-on channels for subscribers under an expanded pact with AMC Networks: British TV service Acorn TV for $6/month and UMC for $5/month
Discussion: Digital TV Europe and 9to5Google
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
HuffPost, Ashley Feinberg sued over Kavanaugh article
Discussion: The Clarion Ledger
Al Tompkins / Poynter:
Profile of Kentucky's Adair County Community Voice newspaper, whose owner, Sharon Burton, doesn't shy away from covering the impact of the opioid epidemic
Discussion: @poynter, @atompkins, @poynter and @ruralj
 Earlier Picks: 
Jesselyn Cook / HuffPost:
Sites like Newsbuzzr leech media outlet content for ad revenue by copying and reposting articles after running them through an automated synonym generator
Matthew Ball / New York Times:
The goal of most streaming services is to lock audiences into their ecosystem and sell their more profitable products: shoes, cruises, wireless subscribers
New York Times:
Profile of Floyd Brown and his conservative news site, The Western Journal, which grew to 4M+ monthly readers in 2014 on sensationalized news, and its decline
NBC News:
Facebook bans pages associated with The Epoch Times from advertising after finding its pro-Trump ads had shifted to other pages, avoiding ad transparency rules
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