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1:55 AM ET, July 15, 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 …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
NYT is moving part of its Hong Kong office to South Korea after China passed a national security law; some NYT staff in Hong Kong also faced work-permit issues  —  A sweeping national security law passed by China in June has unsettled news organizations and created uncertainty about the city's prospects as a hub for journalism in Asia.
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Digiday:
Interview with South China Morning Post's CEO Gary Liu on how the paper might be forced to change, interpreting China and Hong Kong for the Anglosphere, more  —  Hong Kong's South China Morning Post has covered the territory's role as a unique link between China and the rest of the world since the newspaper's founding in 1903.
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 …
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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.”
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
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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.
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.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
In email to artists, Facebook announces launch of officially licensed music videos on US artist Pages; artists will be enrolled August 1 if they don't opt out  —  Facebook is preparing to launch officially licensed music videos on its social network in the U.S. next month, in a direct challenge to YouTube.
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.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Tucker Carlson failed to mention the substance of Neff's posts, disingenuously claimed Neff's views didn't affect his show, and seemed more angry than regretful  —  In a brief segment on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” the host said this: … Carlson's comments cap off a turbulent weekend …
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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
 
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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
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
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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
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