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9:10 AM ET, February 16, 2020

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Hunter Walk:
Tech leaders should stop glib comments on media and acting like underdogs, and tech media should stop “Red Teaming” tech, overusing anonymity, and passing blame  —  [with a post like this, i'm not 100% sure i got it right in first publish - i don't draft and i don't circulate for feedback …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
As US newspapers fade, it's time for policymakers, funders, and local communities to seriously consider direct and indirect public funding for local journalism  —  It's been a particularly rough couple of months for those who care about local journalism — which should be every American citizen.
The Guardian:
Kate Storey / Esquire:
A look at the history and continued relevance of the New York Post's Page Six and the ways in which it was used by powerful people like Weinstein and Trump  —  For more than four decades, Page Six has ruled the world of gossip about the famous and powerful.
Maria Bustillos / Columbia Journalism Review:
Interview with Fahad Shah, editor of news and culture magazine Kashmir Walla, on police harassment, publishing during the internet blackout, and more  —  Fahad Shah is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in Time, The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, The Guardian, the South China Morning Post, and elsewhere.
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
Facebook to allow influencers to produce sponsored content for US politicians and political campaigns, if the posts are clearly identified as paid partnerships  —  Bloomberg's bad memes might just be the beginning  —  Facebook will allow influencers to produce sponsored content …
Financial Times:
With falling sales, the Daily Telegraph has moved from the news to the magazine section of WHSmith, raised its price, and pulled out of ABC circulation audit  —  Move by UK retailer comes as publisher grapples with decline in sales  —  WHSmith has instructed its stores to move the Daily Telegraph …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Univision in exclusive sale talks at a ~$10B valuation with a bidding group that includes former Viacom CFO Wade Davis and Searchlight Capital Partners  —  The Spanish-language broadcaster has been running a sales process for months  —  Univision Communications Inc. is in exclusive sale talks …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
A group of podcast publishers including Spotify, NPR, and Wondery form Podcast Academy to promote podcasting, sets its first Golden Mics annual awards for 2021  —  The burgeoning podcast biz is looking for its own version of the Oscars, Emmys and Grammys.  —  On Friday, a group …
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
HQ Trivia, the company behind the once popular live mobile trivia game, is shutting down  —  New York (CNN Business)It's over for HQ Trivia.  —  The company behind the once-popular live mobile trivia game is shutting down, CNN Business has learned.  HQ will part ways with 25 full-time employees.
MediaPost:
Analysis finds the average number of channels received by US Nielsen households fell 6.5% YoY to 179.5 in 2019, possibly due to declining cable subscriptions  —  For only the second time since Nielsen has been reporting data illustrating the effect of TV channel fragmentation …
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