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4:55 PM ET, July 15, 2020

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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 …
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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
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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
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
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.
Apple:
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+ …
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 …
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.
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.
 
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Seth Colaner / VentureBeat:
The EFF, in partnership with the University of Nevada, launches a searchable database of 3,000+ US police agencies and the tech surveillance tools they use
Discussion: Gizmodo and Wired, more at Techmeme »
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:
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
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
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