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3:30 PM ET, July 9, 2020

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 Top News: 
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 …
Steven Perlberg / Digiday:
A look at Protocol's first months in a crowded tech journalism ecosystem, the challenge of applying the Politico playbook, divisions between the EIC and staff  —  In April, reporters and editors at Protocol, the new technology publication launched by the owner of Politico, gathered for a “weekly huddle” video call.
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 …
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 …
Sam Biddle / The Intercept:
Sources: Dataminr, an official Twitter partner, relayed tweets and other social media posts about BLM protests directly to police, contrary to earlier claims  —  Leveraging close ties to Twitter, controversial artificial intelligence startup Dataminr helped law enforcement digitally monitor …
Chicago Reporter:
Chicago PD shuts down its arrest API, used by journalists to access arrest data, after Chicago Reporter used it to reveal that CPD had inflated looting claims  —  Blocking access to key law enforcement data hinders critical accountability efforts by journalists and researchers and ultimately limits discourse on public safety.
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.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
The Harper's letter rejects public shaming and consequences for speech, calling them censorship, when they're forms of the counterspeech it claims to support  —  There's a slightly bizarre Letter on Justice and Open Debate that Harper's Magazine is publishing, signed by a long list of famous people …
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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
Jacob Bernstein / New York Times:
Former employees at fashion magazine V accuse EIC Stephen Gan of sexism, racism, homophobia, and verbal abuse  —  Former employees at V, the title he helped found, are criticizing his leadership there, as an industry reconsiders past norms of judgment and exclusion.
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 …
Andy Maxwell / TorrentFreak:
EU court rules that online platforms like YouTube need not hand over to rights holders the email or IP addresses of users who upload pirated content  —  A judgment handed down by the EU Court of Justice this morning has found that online platforms, including YouTube, do not have to hand …
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.
 
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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
Discussion: @tomcopley
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
David Westphal / Poynter:
Newspapers have managed to retain nearly all their public notice business, and for many, the revenue has become indispensable to survival
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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”