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8:30 AM ET, August 28, 2019


 Top News: 
Peter Kafka / Vox:
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki uses her quarterly letter to defend content that may be controversial but draws a line at problematic content that violates standards  —  That means the video platform is okay with “content that is outside the mainstream, controversial, or even offensive.”
Jared Holt / Right Wing Watch:
YouTube terminates a handful of prominent channels that promoted white nationalism, including four the ADL said spread anti-Semitism and white supremacism  —  YouTube has terminated a handful of prominent YouTube channels that featured content promoting white nationalism.
Ben Mathis-Lilley / Slate:
Q&A with David Karpf, the tenured professor whose “bedbug” tweet prompted NYT's Bret Stephens to copy Karpf's provost on an email complaining about the tweet  —  David Karpf is a professor of media and public affairs at George Washington University in D.C. On Monday night …
Mike Fleming / Deadline:
Netflix gives The Irishman a 27-day theatrical release window, its longest yet, starting November 1; major movie chains like AMC and Regal will not carry it  —  BREAKING: In its most ambitious ever theatrical rollout plan for one of its original productions, Netflix will give The Irishman …
Scott Nover / Washington Post:
Reporters covering Congress for niche outlets outnumber those from broader-focused publications; their work can raise the alarm on important issues when needed  —  On a humid Wednesday morning in June , a swarm of press greeted Hope Hicks as she marched into a room on Capitol Hill to testify before the House Judiciary Committee.
Sonaiya Kelley / Los Angeles Times:
USC study of 1,200 popular films between 2007-2018 shows Latinx underrepresentation: 4% of directors, 3% of producers, 4.5% of named or speaking acting roles  —  While the past few years have been dominated by the narrative that diversity and inclusion on television and in film are moving …
Adpay data on newspapers: ~$500M in total revenue comes from obituaries; obituary search company says it publishes 1 in 3 obituaries in US  —  Local newspapers still heavily rely on obituary placements for revenue, according to data from local obituary and advertising placement firm Adpay, which is owned by
Tim Peterson / Digiday:
Inside the decline of Comscore, which hoped to rival Nielsen with its Rentrak purchase, as its stock sinks to $2 from $41.15 on the day the merger was finalized  —  When the year began, Comscore appeared poised to make a legitimate run at Nielsen's dominance over the measurement industry …
Discussion: Business Insider
Shoshana Wodinsky / Adweek:
Documents show TikTok is beta testing a native audience ad network that lets advertisers target users across third-party apps in addition to TikTok  —  The program is being beta-tested in East Asia right now  —  TikTok's viral videos of the #GuacDance and kombucha taste tests might soon be used to target you with ads in other apps.
Bijan Stephen / The Verge:
YouTube says it will not negotiate with the YouTubers Union, which has partnered with IG Metall, a German metalworkers union; Google Germany has offered to meet  —  Google Germany did, however, invite the union to its headquarters for a meeting  —  YouTube says that it won't do business …
Discussion: @reckless and hypebot
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Source: The Athletic will start offering one podcast episode per week in front of the paywall, with some advertising; it is launching 40 new podcasts on Tuesday
Los Angeles Times:
LAT partners with Hollywood Foreign Press Association to launch first LA Press Freedom Week, starting September 16, to highlight threats to a free press
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Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Quillette says controversial writer Andy Ngo is leaving as an editor, hours after the Portland Mercury surfaces incriminating video of Ngo with far-right group
Bernie Sanders / Columbia Journalism Review:
Bernie Sanders on his plans to reform the media if elected president, including a moratorium on major mergers and giving staff the option to purchase outlets
Hamilton Nolan / Splinter:
Journalists should not claim it's unfair to publish their tweets, even if done in bad faith, as they are not qualitatively different from the average person