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7:15 PM ET, August 30, 2019

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Charles Hutzler / Wall Street Journal:
China declines to renew a WSJ reporter's press credentials, effectively forcing him to leave the country, following a June article on President Xi's family  —  Chun Han Wong, a Singaporean national, has worked in Beijing for the Journal since 2014  —  BEIJING—A reporter for The Wall Street Journal …
Margaret Harding McGill / Politico:
Source: Google has agreed to pay between $150M and $200M to resolve an FTC investigation into YouTube over alleged violations of federal privacy laws for kids  —  Google has agreed to pay between $150 and $200 million to resolve an FTC investigation into YouTube over alleged violations …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Sources: Disney has laid off National Geographic workers, with one source saying as many as 80 are affected; US editions of Nat Geo Traveler to stop publication  —  Walt Disney has laid off employees of the National Geographic unit it acquired from the former 21st Century Fox …
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Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Disney sells its 80% stake in YES Network to Amazon, the Yankees, and Sinclair, valuing the network that airs the NY Yankees and other local sports at ~$3.5B
Styli Charalambous / Nieman Lab:
How South Africa's digital news startup the Daily Maverick, founded in 2009, designed its membership model to promote free, quality, independent content for all  —  On August 15, 2018, we announced to attendees of our Media Gathering event in Cape Town the start of our adventures into membership for Daily Maverick.
Dave Jamieson / HuffPost:
Executive editor of Gannett's Arizona Republic sent a newsroom memo accusing union organizers of surveilling co-workers; one organizer called the idea “absurd”  —  Greg Burton accused union sympathizers of “surveilling” other journalists, saying that's something he'd expect of a murderer or child molester.
Mark Di Stefano / BuzzFeed:
BuzzFeed News uncovers accounts on Twitter and Pinterest, now removed, devoted to posting creepy screengrabs of high-profile female TV journalists in the UK  —  In response to questions from BuzzFeed News, Twitter said the accounts sexually objectified women “without their consent”, while Pinterest called them “gross” and apologised.
Discussion: @skysarahjane
Jordyn Grzelewski / Plain Dealer:
The 150-year-old Vindicator in Youngstown, OH, closes Saturday, affecting about 140 full-time employees and surviving only as an edition of a nearby Ogden paper  —  YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The Vindicator has been a part of Sam and Rochelle Miller's lives for as long as they can remember.
Amy Gesenhues / Search Engine Land:
Google is reorganizing how it presents publisher content policies and standardizing rules across AdSense, AdMob and Ad Manager; updates go live in September  —  The updates will go live in September and apply to all publishers using AdSense, AdMob and Ad Manager.
Discussion: The Keyword
Esther Kezia Thorpe / What's New in Publishing:
The New York Times puts up a hard registration wall, requiring visitors to log in or create a free account to read articles  —  US newspaper The New York Times has become the latest publisher to put up a hard registration wall, following extensive registration and log-on tests last month.
Discussion: @martinsfp, @raju, @raju, @raju and @baekdal
 
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Dade Hayes / Deadline:
AT&T and Nexstar say they have reached a multi-year deal to return Nexstar-owned TV stations to DirecTV, AT&T TV, and U-verse, ending a 2-month-long blackout
Christopher Baxter / Inquirer.com:
Spotlight PA, a donor-funded newsroom devoted to covering the Pennsylvania capitol, launches next week; the outlet is a collaboration among media outlets
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Shira Tarlo / Salon:
MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell retracted a thinly sourced report alleging Russian oligarchs co-signed loans for Trump; Trump then blasted O'Donnell on Twitter
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
After complaints for omitting references to race in an article on Tea Party history, NYT updated story with an ineffective sentence that provided little remedy