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12:45 PM 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.
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Kevin Draper / New York Times:
Black employees at ESPN, prompted by nationwide conversations on systemic racism, detail their own negative experiences with long-entrenched practices  —  In meetings and conversations among colleagues, ESPN employees have criticized the career pipeline and diversity of top leadership, eliciting a promise from executives to do better.
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
CNN to launch a new team covering race and systemic racism that will contribute to all CNN platforms and be led by Delano Massey, a recent hire from AP  —  CNN is launching “a new and expanded race team” after the weeks-long national conversation around race and racism, network president Jeff Zucker told staff Monday.
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Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago media orgs rethink business models and look for alternative funding during the pandemic: “There's never been a more challenging time for newsrooms”  —  The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on Chicago media.  —  From furloughs and layoffs to ceasing operations …
David McCabe / New York Times:
In a May filing to Australia's antitrust regulator, Google said it doesn't control enough of the digital ad market to overcharge customers or block competitors  —  A document sent by the search giant to Australian regulators argues that the company doesn't control enough of the digital ad industry …
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 …
Liz Martin / PR Newswire:
G/O Media appoints John Biggs as Editor in Chief of Gizmodo; John Biggs originally held the role of EIC at Gizmodo from 2003-2005  —  Today G/O Media, a leading digital publisher, announced the appointment of John Biggs to the role of Editor in Chief, Gizmodo.
 
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Christopher Mims / Wall Street Journal:
An overview of how data-driven tech and analytics are reshaping Hollywood's creative development process and market research during the pandemic
Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:
Inside Facebook's clubby network of invitation-only advertiser groups, called client councils, which use a mix of perks and pressure to keep brands close
Jeremy Arnold / Save Journalism Committee:
Deep dive into the recent tech vs media flareup, Taylor Lorenz, Balaji Srinivasan, and Vice's coverage, and why the media may not always be right in its framing
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
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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”
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
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
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