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7:40 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 …
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 …
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
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.
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.
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 …
Free Press:
After meeting between leaders of Facebook, ADL, Free Press, NAACP, and Color Of Change, boycott organizers are unconvinced meaningful change will occur  —  Contact: Timothy Karr, 201-533-8838  —  WASHINGTON — On Tuesday afternoon, leaders of four of the organizations coordinating …
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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”
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Oversight Board says it won't be operational until “late fall”, likely after the US Presidential election
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  —  Licence will be means tested from next month, corporation announces  —  The BBC is to end free TV licences for most over-75s after a two month-delay because of coronavirus it has been announced.
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 …
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
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
 
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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
Tonja Renée Stidhum / The Root:
NYT will adapt The 1619 Project into a portfolio of films, TV, and other content, in partnership with Lionsgate and with Oprah Winfrey as a producer
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