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3:05 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 …
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 …
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.
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
McClatchy's average daily operating revenue fell 28% from February to the end of May, showing the challenges that newspapers are facing during the pandemic  —  When McClatchy declared bankruptcy in February, its debts were crushing, but its operating numbers weren't so bad.
Discussion: @jbenton and @jbenton
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: @paulyq
Kelly McBride / NPR:
NPR's Morning Edition should not have allowed AG Barr to make false statements in a segment on mail-in voting without adding context and fact-checking  —  NPR's four-member “election security team” is responsible for covering all things about American voting, from access, to fraud to innovations and investments in the process.
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 …
Lara O'Reilly / Digiday:
Six months after launch, news aggregator Knewz has been downloaded 28K times, per Sensor Tower; Google Analytics indicates 4.9M+ monthly unique visitors in June  —  It's been a little under six months since News Corp announced the launch of its news aggregator website and app Knewz (pronounced “news”.)
Discussion: @digiday
New York Times:
NYPD proposes changes that would let it suspend reporters' credentials if they're seen as not complying with orders or if they “interfere” with police work  —  The Police Department's proposed new rules threaten press freedom.  —  The editorial board is a group …
Mark Sullivan / Fast Company:
TikTok launches a Be Informed campaign featuring videos by popular makers, aimed at educating users on how to recognize misinformation  —  TikTok videos are quick bursts of comedy, home-made ingenuity, dancing, weirdness, and personality that make user-created content look like a really good idea again.
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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
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
The Casper Star-Tribune will stop Monday and Tuesday print editions, leaving Wyoming as perhaps the first state without a local paper printed on Monday mornings
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
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
Substack Blog:
Substack begins offering legal support to US-based writers with paid subscriptions who publish work that may attract unreasonable legal pressure
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