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3:30 AM ET, July 13, 2020

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Ben Smith / New York Times:
While autocrats crack down on independent journalism in Malaysia, Russia, China, Egypt, the Philippines, Hungary, and elsewhere, the US looks the other way  —  Independent journalism is on the defensive, from Hungary to Malaysia.  —  Like many American media types, I spent a lot …
Kevin G. Hall / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Chatham Asset Management, McClatchy's largest creditor, has won an auction to buy the bankrupt local news company  —  Chatham Asset Management, the New Jersey hedge fund that is McClatchy Co.'s largest creditor, has won an auction to buy the bankrupt local news company.
Kevin Draper / New York Times:
Sources: ESPN suspended NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski for sending a vulgar email to Sen. Josh Hawley, who criticized NBA's use of messages like BLM on jerseys  —  Adrian Wojnarowski, who is known for his “Woj bombs” of breaking news, emailed a different kind to a U.S. senator.
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
Mark Jurkowitz / Pew Research Center:
Survey: US adults aged under 30 follow election and pandemic news less closely than older adults, are most critical over news coverage of George Floyd protests  —  The youngest adults, those ages 18 to 29, differ from older Americans in their news consumption habits as well as in their responses …
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 …
Emily Bell / Columbia Journalism Review:
While many news orgs have celebrated the discomfort of Facebook, many haven't joined the ad boycott as few have the scale to forgo Facebook's distribution power  —  Mark Zuckerberg and Noam Chomsky are strange bedfellows in this political moment, but both found themselves on the same side …
Marlow Stern / The Daily Beast:
Interview with ex-CNN host Reza Aslan, who says Jeff Zucker canceled his show Believer to appease Trump over Aslan's 2017 tweet calling Trump a “piece of shit”  —  CLEARING THE AIR  —  The ex-CNN personality reveals how his acclaimed show “Believer” was destroyed …
Nathan Taylor Pemberton / New Yorker:
Profile of Casa Magazines, an immigrant-owned newsstand in NYC's West Village that is struggling to survive amid the pandemic and the slow death of print media  —  The most recognizable newsstand in Manhattan's West Village, Casa Magazines, had been open every day for the past twenty-six years, without exception.
Bill Grueskin / Columbia Journalism Review:
Televised WH press briefings, which have become theatrical spectacles, should limit reporters' roles to audio as the cameras affect how the press asks questions  —  five days after he was inaugurated—President John F. Kennedy held the first live, televised press conference in American history.
Seth Abramovitch / Hollywood Reporter:
Profile of Byron Allen, whose assets include Entertainment Studios, The Weather Channel, and 15 local TV stations, on being one of the few Black media moguls  —  The comic turned mogul has played the long game since he was a kid, acquiring assets like The Weather Channel and taking …
 
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