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11:15 PM ET, July 11, 2020


 Top News: 
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Fox News says the top writer for Tucker Carlson, Blake Neff, has resigned after details surface about years of his bigoted comments on an online forum  —  The top writer for Fox News host Tucker Carlson has for years been using a pseudonym to post bigoted remarks on an online forum …
Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
Sources: Facebook is considering imposing a ban on political ads on its network in the days leading up to the US election in November  —  - Limiting political ads may help curb spread of misinformation  — Decision on ban has not yet been made, people familiar say
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
In adapted excerpt from her forthcoming book, former Buffalo News chief editor Margaret Sullivan tracks its decline, a fate shared by newspapers nationally  —  Over her long career as a journalist, Margaret Sullivan has watched the decline of local news with growing alarm
The Objective:
Dozens of journalists and academics pen a rebuttal to the claims in the Harper's letter, whose signatories are criticized for failing to recognize their power  —  On Tuesday, 153 of the most prominent journalists, authors, and writers, including J. K. Rowling, Malcolm Gladwell, and David Brooks …
Dan Barry / New York Times:
Profile of Evan Brandt, a reporter at The Mercury in Pottstown, PA, who once dropped by the home of Alden Global Capital's head to ask about value of local news  —  His newspaper has withered under a hedge fund.  His industry was in turmoil even before a pandemic.  But Evan Brandt won't stop chronicling his town.
New York Times:
In a letter to WSJ's EIC, some WSJ reporters and editors called for more muscular reporting on race and social inequities and skepticism of business leaders  —  A letter from a group of Journal reporters and editors calls for “more muscular reporting about race and social inequities,” …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Charter says it is raising its Broadcast TV fee to $16.45/mo starting in August, citing rising programming fees; Comcast had raised its fee in Dec. to $15/mo  —  Hidden fee not included in Spectrum's advertised prices raised yet again.  —  Charter Communications is raising the “Broadcast TV” …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Nielsen reverses course, tells TV network execs it will start measurement of out-of-home viewers, like those at watch parties, in ratings starting this fall  —  Despite a pandemic that has forced many Americans to shelter at home, Nielsen will, after all, follow through on its plans to chase TV viewers in bars, hotels and offices.
Discussion: @bristei and @bristei
Stephania Taladrid / Columbia Journalism Review:
How Univision has become a lifeline to the Latino community, balancing pandemic and US election coverage, as its ratings have skyrocketed in recent months  —  How Univision has guided Latinos through a historic election cycle  —  On Friday the thirteenth of March, Lourdes Torres …
Discussion: @raju, @cjr, @mercedro, @cjr and @rosental
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Faced with non-payment, the Fourth Estate Alliance, a group of five news agencies, has dropped 90% of its clients to focus on subscriptions from five publishers  —  The current news agency business model is “terminal” according to one agency owner who has decided to experiment with a new hybrid approach.
Discussion: @janravensbergen and @pressgazette
Delia Cai / Deez Links:
Q&A with Aleksander Chan, who co-owns Discourse Blog with ex-Splinter colleagues, on finding its identity, shifting to a paid model, joys of a small audience  —  This week's interview is with Discourse Blog's Aleksander Chan, who talked to us about launching the political blog earlier …
Jason Gutierrez / New York Times:
Philippine lawmakers formally shut down ABS-CBN, the country's largest broadcast network, which Duterte accused of bias, and deny it broadcast franchise renewal  —  By voting not to renew the franchise of ABS-CBN, lawmakers silenced a major network that had come under fire from President Rodrigo Duterte.
Committee to Protect Journalists:
CPJ, ICFJ, and Reporters Without Borders launch a campaign called #HoldTheLine to support Rappler's Maria Ressa and other independent media in the Philippines
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Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
Profile of Trump's new campaign spokesperson and ex-WH deputy press secretary, Hogan Gidley, who quit journalism to work in politics and become a TV personality
Nieman Lab:
Mainstream and alternative media's focus on protest violence, alternately used to elicit sympathy for police or protesters, distracts from protest demands
Jack Crosbie / Discourse Blog:
The Knight Foundation best serves journalism when its $2.4B endowment pays journalists instead of funding “future of journalism nonsense” like machine learning
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Andrew Buncombe / The Independent:
UK journalist details his arrest by Seattle police for “failure to disperse” the day it cleared out the Autonomous Zone, despite identifying himself as press
Nandini Jammi:
Nandini Jammi, half of Sleeping Giants, says she worked well with Matt Rivitz early on, then Rivitz monopolized media interviews and diminished her work