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8:45 AM ET, July 14, 2020


 Top News: 
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
On Monday, Tucker Carlson said Blake Neff's racist posts were wrong and that the former staffer has paid a “heavy price”, and announced a pre-planned vacation  —  Carlson announced his plans Monday in the wake of a new controversy surrounding his program, “Tucker Carlson Tonight …
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
As the McClatchy deal closes, investment companies Alden, Fortress, and Chatham will control almost 45% of total daily newspaper circulation in the US  —  The hedge fund Chatham Asset Management reeled in its prize, as expected.  But now what does it want to do with it?
Nieman Lab:
Study of 400 hyperpartisan sites masquerading as US local news: left-leaning examples focus on statewide reporting while right-leaning focus on local reporting  —  The growth of partisan media masquerading as state and local reporting is a troubling trend we've seen emerge amid the financial declines of local news organizations.
Washington Post:
The Washington Post says all articles on its iOS and Android apps will now have audio versions, after testing audio articles on the Android app in the spring  —  The Washington Post today announced that audio versions of all Post articles are now available on The Washington Post app for Android …
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
Federal judge denies Eko's injunction motion that would have forced Quibi to disable its “Turnstyle” feature, citing Eko's failure to show irreparable harm  —  In a much-needed win for Quibi, a judge has denied an injunction that would have forced the company to disable its signature “Turnstyle” feature.
Discussion: Deadline and The Streamable
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
NBC to launch “Today All Day”, a 24-hour feed of material from its Today show, to be available on the Peacock streaming service when it launches Wednesday  —  After decades spent fighting TV's never-ending battle for morning-news dominance, NBC's “Today” is launching a salvo on another front: Hollywood's streaming wars.
Hannah Giorgis / The Atlantic:
In making its case, the Harper's letter assumes that open debate is inherently democratic and fails to engage with journalism's history of discrimination  —  As protests against racist violence continue around the country during a deadly pandemic, a group of journalists, authors, artists …
Harriet Williamson / Foreign Policy:
British journalism, centered around London with media outlets employing people through nepotism and personal connections, distorts coverage at home and abroad  —  The increasingly narrow backgrounds of reporters distort coverage at home and abroad.  —  There's a certain class—and “class” …
Peter White / Deadline:
CBS commits 25% of its script development budget to BIPOC creators and mandates a minimum of 40% BIPOC representation in writers' rooms for the 2021/2022 season  —  CBS is aggressively stepping up its efforts to be more inclusive to diverse television creators and writers, setting a slew of targets for the 2021/22 season.
Discussion: The Undefeated and @zeitchikwapo
Naman Ramachandran / Variety:
AP and WaPo join Trusted News Initiative, a global collaboration between news and tech companies, including NYT, Google, and BBC, to stop the spread of disinfo  —  Fake news fighter Trusted News Initiative (TNI) is setting up a shared early warning system of rapid alerts to combat the spread …
Discussion: and Press Gazette
IAB report: in 2019, US podcast advertising revenue increased by 48% to $708.1M; news is the top genre for US podcast advertisers, capturing 22% of revenue  —  According to the fourth annual IAB Podcast Advertising Revenue Report prepared by PwC, U.S. podcast advertising revenue is expected to grow 14.7% in 2020, despite the pandemic.
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Asbury Park Press:
A reporter arrested by Asbury Park police in June while covering Black Lives Matter protests files federal lawsuit: “a press badge should not be a bullseye”
Gerrit De Vynck / Bloomberg:
Sources, publishers, and advertisers say Google's 2015 decision to add a fourth ad atop Search negatively impacted results, decreasing organic website traffic
Scroll Blog:
Scroll announces a program to fund news curators, where curators receive 20% of value from a visit to a Scroll-enabled site, with Techmeme as its first partner
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
 Earlier Picks: 
Sahil Patel / Wall Street Journal:
Mediaocean, which provides TV advertising software, to acquire 4C Insights, which offers ad tools for streaming video and social media, source says for $150M+
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
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