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4:15 PM ET, July 15, 2020


 Top News: 
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Substack Blog:
Substack begins offering legal support to US-based writers with paid subscriptions who publish work that may attract unreasonable legal pressure  —  For the last few months, we have been piloting a legal support program for independent writers on Substack.  As part of this program …
Max Willens / Digiday:
Salaried reporters embrace platforms like Substack, seeing the newsletter as a way to communicate directly with readers, test new ideas, and nurture obsessions
Apple updates News to include audio stories on Apple News+, a daily audio news briefing, and curated local news collections in five US cities and regions  —  Apple is introducing several new features for Apple News and Apple News+, including audio stories of some of the best feature stories from Apple News+ …
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.
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
Jordan Moreau / Variety:
ViacomCBS fires actor and TV host Nick Cannon, after he made anti-Semitic comments on his podcast  —  In the June 30 episode of “Cannon's Class,” the actor and TV host interviewed Professor Griff, a rapper who was a part of Public Enemy before leaving the group after making anti-Semitic remarks.
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Facebook to launch Facts about Covid-19, a new section in the Covid Information Center, to debunk myths about the pandemic  —  - Facebook announced it will launch a new section of its social network dedicated to dispel inaccurate myths about Covid-19.  — Mark Zuckerberg will conduct …
Raphael Satter / Reuters:
A freelancer with Jerusalem Post and The Algemeiner bylines, who attacked critics of NSO Group, seems to be an elaborate fiction with a deepfake profile photo  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Oliver Taylor, a student at England's University of Birmingham, is a twenty-something with brown eyes, light stubble, and a slightly stiff smile.
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.
Steven Perlberg / Digiday:
Slack, introduced to newsrooms to boost efficiency, is now serving another purpose: letting journalists organize and criticize, forcing management to respond  —  On the evening of June 6, New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet entered the chat.  —  Times employees were in open revolt following …
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 …
Nicole Sperling / New York Times:
NBCUniversal's Peacock launches with a free ad-supported tier offering 10,000+ hours of streaming content and 2 premium levels with double the content
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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 More News: 
Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
Trump and Biden are increasingly targeting swing voters with TV ads on niche cable networks like Food Network that haven't traditionally been a campaign focus
Joe Otterson / Variety:
In a memo to staff, ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish says “we are assuming the majority of employees will not be returning to US offices this year”
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
CBS signs a content partnership deal with civil rights group NAACP to develop scripted, unscripted, and documentary programming for linear TV and streaming
BBC News to cut 520 jobs, including 450 that were announced as part of an £80M savings drive in January, and then put on hold due to the pandemic
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Asher Elbein / The Daily Beast:
Inside the comic book industry's sexual misconduct crisis that has exposed its history of financial exploitation, as allegations against writers have mounted
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
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
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