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12:15 PM ET, July 16, 2020


 Top News: 
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Trump admin orders hospitals to bypass CDC and send COVID-19 info to a database not open to the public, raising questions about reporter and researcher access  —  Hospitals have been ordered to bypass the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and send all patient information …
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Twitter says most verified accounts should be able to tweet again, after limiting the functionality on some verified accounts earlier while investigating hack  —  Update: “Most accounts should be able to Tweet again”  —  Twitter completely disabled the ability for many accounts to send …
David Folkenflik / NPR:
NPR's Q2 radio audience fell ~25% YoY; podcast downloads and app use rose ~25% YoY; NPR on track to make more from underwriting on podcasts than on radio shows  —  Broadcast ratings for nearly all of NPR's radio shows took a steep dive in major markets this spring, as the coronavirus pandemic kept …
Veronica Penney / New York Times:
Facebook classifies climate change news as opinion, meaning peer-reviewed science, industry statements, and disinformation aren't fact-checked  —  Critics say a company policy that exempts opinion articles from fact-checking amounts to a huge loophole for climate change deniers.
Ad Age:
Dan Peres, former Detail editor-in-chief, named editor-in-chief of Ad Age  —  Former Details editor-in-chief will oversee print, digital, social, video, podcasts and events  —  Dan Peres has been named editor-in-chief at Ad Age overseeing editorial across all the publication's expressions …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Twitch signs deal to distribute Entercom sports talk shows in the form of live, interactive video broadcasts, starting with six US stations  —  Sports radio talk shows, long a staple of AM/FM dials, are coming to Twitch — in the form of live, interactive video broadcasts.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook confirms it will launch Instagram Reels, its answer to TikTok, in the US, UK, Japan, Mexico, and ~50 other countries in the coming weeks  —  Instagram confirmed it's preparing to soon launch its TikTok competitor, known as Reels, in the U.S. The company expects to bring the new video feature …
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
NewsWhip: among the top 100 articles on Facebook in Q2, coverage of BLM protests and COVID-19 appeared most frequently; NBC and BBC were the top publishers  —  Coverage of Black Lives Matter protests and the coronavirus pandemic pushed engagement on Facebook to an all-time high this quarter.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Memo: Vox Media is laying off 6% of its workforce, or around 70 people, mostly affecting Curbed, SB Nation, IT and office operations, and events staff  —  Vox Media, whose brands include New York Magazine, Vulture, The Verge and SB Nation, is cutting 6% of its workforce, laying off about 70 employees.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon launches a new livestreaming option for influencers on its Amazon Live service, a home shopping network-style video feed on Amazon's retail site  —  Amazon is giving live streamers a new way to earn commissions on purchases of products showcased in their streams.
Eliana Miller / Poynter:
Some online outlets fail to clearly and uniformly label opinion, leading to reader confusion and complaints over opinions and political agendas in reporting  —  In print, it's fairly clear what's an opinion piece and what's a news article.  Online, things aren't so clear.
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  —  The reporter-written newsletter has become an obsession among freelancers looking to scrounge up support wherever they can find it.
Substack Blog:
Substack begins offering legal support to US-based writers with paid subscriptions who publish work that may attract unreasonable legal pressure
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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
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Steven Perlberg / Digiday:
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Jordan Moreau / Variety:
ViacomCBS fires actor and TV host Nick Cannon, after he made anti-Semitic comments on his podcast
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Guardian to cut workforce by 12%, with 70 jobs to go in editorial and 110 in commercial roles, as revenues are expected to be down by £25M+ on the year's budget
Laura Wagner / VICE:
New York Times Opinion writer Bari Weiss says she's leaving the paper