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8:50 PM ET, July 14, 2020

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Laura Wagner / VICE:
New York Times Opinion writer Bari Weiss says she's leaving the paper  —  The writer and editor has self-expelled from the newspaper, she tells VICE.  —  Laura Wagner  —  Bari Weiss, a writer and editor for the embattled New York Times Opinion section, is leaving the paper.
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Bari Weiss:
In her resignation letter, Bari Weiss says she's been bullied by coworkers, that Twitter has become the NYT's editor, and self-censorship is the new norm  —  Dear A.G., It is with sadness that I write to tell you that I am resigning from The New York Times.  I joined the paper with gratitude and optimism three years ago.
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
Media coverage of an opposition research-like statement listing Fauci's alleged errors let anonymous White House officials discredit him with no accountability  —  Over the weekend, the Washington Post reported that Dr. Anthony Fauci, the veteran director of the National Institute of Allergy …
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Nicole Sperling / New York Times:
NBCUniversal's Peacock launches Wednesday with a free ad-supported tier offering 10,000+ hours of streaming content and 2 premium levels with double the content  —  The service will challenge Netflix with a digital version of channel-surfing and lots of what one executive calls “comfort-food TV.”
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Josef Adalian / Vulture:
Owners of TV stations reaching about half of US TV homes told NBC they will preempt Thursday's 30 Rock reunion, reasoning it is too much of a Peacock promotion  —  In a plot twist right out of 30 Rock, NBC's biggest local affiliate groups have decided not to broadcast the network's upcoming …
Julia Alexander / The Verge:   Early review of Peacock: succeeds as a streaming service with familiar Browse section and a robust library, but Trending and Channels sections are underwhelming
Jessica Testa / New York Times:
Dario Calmese becomes first Black photographer to shoot a Vanity Fair cover, which only featured a Black person 17 times between 1983 and 2017  —  Viola Davis appears on the cover of this month's issue, the first by a Black photographer, in an image meant to be a protest.
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 …
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Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: Vox Media has told unions to prepare for company-wide layoffs; a source says many of the ~100 workers furloughed in April will be laid off  —  - Vox Media has informed its unions that it plans to cut jobs as advertising revenue has slumped in the first and second quarters.
Wall Street Journal:
Investigation: Google Search displays YouTube videos more prominently than nearly identical videos from Facebook and other sites; sources say this is by design  —  Facebook and other competitors host the same videos, but engineers have made changes that effectively preference YouTube—owned by Google—over other video sources.
Deborah Douglas / Nieman Reports:
A look at the new Black press, including TheGrio, The Root, ZORA, The TRiiBE, The Plug, and Blavity, and how they tell stories about and for Black communities  —  How nimble, mission-driven outlets and a citizen-focused initiative are telling stories about — and for — Black communities
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Spotify is launching a Trending podcast chart with 50 rising shows, and expanding its Top chart to the 200 most popular shows overall, localized by region  —  A long-awaited feature  —  Spotify is revamping its podcast charts today to help listeners find new shows and keep up with what people are enjoying in their area.
 
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Miami Herald:
Miami Herald subsidiary HCP Media, which produced custom print and digital publications for the travel and tourism industry, is shutting down July 31
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
The Brown Institute for Media Innovation launches “Documenting Covid-19”, a repository of pandemic-related US government records freely accessible to newsrooms
Discussion: @tanyapampalone
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
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
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”
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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
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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
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
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