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11:50 AM ET, July 9, 2020

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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 …
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.
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Sources: VOA head Michael Pack has signaled that he will not approve visa extensions for dozens of foreign journalists working for the outlet in the US  —  Dozens of foreign nationals working as journalists in the U.S. for Voice of America, the federal government's international broadcaster …
Maya Tribbitt / Bloomberg:
Global Disinformation Index study: websites spreading COVID-19 misinfo will get at least $25M this year from ad platforms run by Google, Amazon, and others  —  Digital advertising platforms run by Google, Amazon.com Inc. and other tech companies will funnel at least $25 million …
Discussion: GDI and Business Insider
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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
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Joy Reid will host The ReidOut, a new nightly show on MSNBC, starting July 20, becoming the only Black woman hosting a nightly evening show on a major network  —  She becomes one of the few Black women to anchor a major American evening news program.  The move was made by new leadership at NBC News …
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 …
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 …
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.
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
Newsmax TV makes Nielsen weekly ratings debut and averages about 21K viewers, compared to 1.9M for Fox and 1.1M for CNN  —  Weekly ratings are in and for the first time Newsmax TV is included in Nielsen Media Research's ratings list.  For the week of June 29 to July 3, the network brought in an average of just 21,000 viewers.
Matthew Weaver / The Guardian:
BBC to end free TV licenses for those over 75, with exceptions for low-income households, starting August 1 after a two-month delay  —  Licences fee for over-75s will only be waived for people on pension credit from next month  —  The BBC's decision to end free TV licences for most over-75s …
Discussion: @tomcopley
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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David Westphal / Poynter:
Newspapers have managed to retain nearly all their public notice business, and for many, the revenue has become indispensable to survival
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
Discussion: Variety and Adweek
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
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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”