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5:00 PM ET, July 13, 2020


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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.
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?
Kevin G. Hall / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Chatham Asset Management, McClatchy's largest creditor, has won an auction to buy the bankrupt local news company
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 …
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 …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
SiriusXM will buy E.W. Scripps' podcast network and producer unit Stitcher for $325M; Scripps says Stitcher had $72.5M in 2019 revenue  —  According to E.W. Scripps, the $325 million price tag represents a return of more than 100% in its investment in podcasting over the last five years.
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  —  Social media company uses a mixture of perks and pressure to keep brands close  —  Facebook likes to roll out the red carpet …
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.
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.
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  —  TL;DR We're excited to announce Why are you doing this?  A few algorithms should not govern what content people encounter.
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 …
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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
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
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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
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
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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
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: Audible's new chief content officer Brad Schwartz is out, after Audible employees found an old sexual-harassment lawsuit at Pop in which he was named
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