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12:20 AM ET, July 9, 2020

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Hanaa' Tameez / Nieman Lab:
Google News Initiative and LION Publishers pilot a free 8-week virtual boot camp on journalism entrepreneurship, run by Phillip Smith, from Sept. 21 to Nov. 9  —  The biggest challenge for news entrepreneurs often isn't building a news product — it's developing a sustainable business model.
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
CNBC says it has signed former Fox News journalist Shepard Smith to anchor a new one-hour evening news show, a significant shift in programming strategy  —  ‘The News with Shepard Smith’ will debut this fall on the cable news business channel  —  CNBC has signed former Fox News journalist Shepard Smith …
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
An independent audit commissioned by Facebook harshly criticizes the company, arguing that some of its decisions were “significant setbacks for civil rights”  —  An independent audit faulted the social network for allowing hate speech and disinformation to thrive — potentially posing a threat to the November elections.
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Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Oversight Board says it won't be operational until “late fall”, likely after the US Presidential election  —  Facebook has announced that the limp “Oversight Board” intended to help make difficult content and policy decisions will not launch until “late fall,” which is to say, almost certainly after the election.
Free Press:
After meeting between leaders of Facebook, ADL, Free Press, NAACP, and Color Of Change, boycott organizers are unconvinced meaningful change will occur
Jack Crosbie / Discourse Blog:
Q&A with Ben Smith on shifting power in newsrooms, the compromised position of a media reporter, firewall at NYT between reporting and opinion, and more  —  Ben Smith, the former editor of BuzzFeed News, is now a media columnist for the New York Times.  It sounds like a great job, and I would love to have it.
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Megha Rajagopalan / BuzzFeed News:
Nandini Jammi leaves social media campaign group Sleeping Giants, which targeted Fox News, Breitbart, Facebook, and others, over disagreements with Matt Rivitz  —  Since 2016, copywriter Matt Rivitz and marketer Nandini Jammi have run Sleeping Giants, a social media campaign group …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Sensor Tower: of the ~910K users that signed up for Quibi's 3-month free trial in April, only 8%, ~72K, converted to a paid subscription after the trial ended  —  The struggling streaming video platform has a not-so-great conversion rate  —  Streaming service Quibi only managed to convert …
Kevin G. Hall / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Alden Capital Group challenges parts of Chatham Asset Management's bid for McClatchy in court filings Wednesday, delaying and complicating McClatchy's auction  —  The hedge fund Alden Capital Group challenged portions of a competitor's bid for McClatchy Co. in court filings late Wednesday …
David Westphal / Poynter:
Newspapers have managed to retain nearly all their public notice business, and for many, the revenue has become indispensable to survival  —  With three-fourths of advertising dollars to U.S. newspapers dried up, public notices have become a dominant share of their income
New York Times:
Journalists at Radio Television Hong Kong, a government-funded news org with a fierce independent streak, appear vulnerable to China's new national security law  —  RTHK, a government-funded news organization, has a fierce independent streak that has long angered the authorities.
Harper's:
Over 150 journalists, academics, and writers sign a letter criticizing what they see as narrowing boundaries of debate and increasing self-censorship  —  We welcome responses at letters@harpers.org  —  Our cultural institutions are facing a moment of trial.
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New York Times:
How the Harper's letter grew from a core of about 20 people, led by Thomas Chatterton Williams, and how blowback built especially to J.K. Rowling's inclusion
Tim Ingham / Music Business Worldwide:
Sources: Spotify will launch in Russia on July 15, likely partnering with telco MTS; the move is Spotify's next major global expansion after India in 2019  —  Spotify's long-awaited launch in Russia will arrive next Wednesday (July 15), Music Business Worldwide can reveal.
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