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6:20 PM ET, July 21, 2020


 Top News: 
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Over 280 WSJ and Dow Jones employees sign a letter to WSJ's publisher seeking a clearer distinction between news and opinion online, citing accuracy concerns  —  Letter to publisher Almar Latour cites concerns about Opinion section's accuracy and transparency
Allyson Chiu / Washington Post:
NYT denies Tucker Carlson's on-air claim that it would reveal his address in an upcoming article; Carlson named the story's writer, who was then doxed  —  On Monday night, Fox News host Tucker Carlson made a surprising accusation: the New York Times, he said, was trying to endanger …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify launches video podcasts worldwide, starting with select creators, letting free and paid users seamlessly move between the video and audio versions  —  Spotify today announced the global launch of video podcasts.  The new feature at launch will allow users, including both free users …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Challenger, Gray & Christmas: more than 11K newsroom jobs were cut in the first half of 2020, almost as many as were lost in all of 2009  —  Even after the financial crisis, the annual number of newsroom layoffs won't come close what we're expected to see this year during the coronavirus pandemic …
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Snap reports Q2 revenue of $454M, up 17% YoY, vs $439.1M est., global DAUs of 238M, up 17% YoY, a net loss of $326M, up from $255M, and ARPU of $1.91, flat YoY  —  - Snap's stock price fell more than 8% on Tuesday after the company reported its second-quarter earnings.
John Keim / ESPN:
NBC Sports Washington anchor Julie Donaldson to oversee the Washington NFL team's broadcasts, following the abrupt retirement of announcer Larry Michael  —  The NFL's Washington football team has hired Julie Donaldson to oversee all of its broadcasts as senior vice president of media …
Appeals court prevents USAGM head Michael Pack from replacing Open Technology Fund leadership, arguing his authority doesn't extend to control of OTF's board  —  A federal appeals court has blocked a bid by one of President Donald Trump's appointees to take over a government-funded nonprofit organization …
Discussion: Bloomberg and @normeisen
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
As hedge funds own more local newspaper chains, many advocate the alternative of local ownership, but past deals show it comes with mixed results at a high cost  —  A number of barriers make prying newspapers away from hedge fund-owned chains difficult.  Even when it happens, local ownership doesn't cure all woes.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
A look at broadcasters' fall lineups, which have been severely disrupted by paused TV production and an uncertain sports schedule due to the pandemic  —  TV's infamous fall lineup of new shows and series is going to look a lot different this year, thanks to paused production during …
Carolina A. Miranda / L.A. Times Guild:
LAT's Latino caucus demands the paper stop treating Latinos as minorities and hire more Latinos, who now comprise 13% of the newsroom vs. 50% of LA county  —  As a union, we support the efforts of our journalists in shaping a newsroom that is more reflective of the people we serve and the communities we cover.
Wall Street Journal:
Disney, previously thought to be built to withstand any economic calamity, is scrambling to address a prolonged crisis, forcing a realignment of priorities  —  Executives are scrambling to address what is looking to be a prolonged crisis, forcing a realignment of priorities
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Matthew Lysiak's upcoming book, The Drudge Revolution, covers Matt Drudge's life and influence as The Drudge Report's reach falls relative to other aggregators'  —  In an upcoming book about Matt Drudge's life and influence, author Matthew Lysiak, a former New York Daily News reporter …
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Cameron Faulkner / The Verge:
Google's Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max smart displays now have official support for Netflix
Discussion: TechCrunch, Variety and Engadget
Jennifer Maas / The Wrap:
CNN Films' “On the Trail: Inside the 2020 Primaries”, a documentary that follows CNN's female journalists on the campaign trail, to debut on HBO Max on August 6
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
As Trump returns to his familiar 2016 playbook of blitzing the media, including giving several primetime interviews, there's no evidence it is working this time
Bijan Stephen / The Verge:
Twitch signs rap artist Logic to an exclusive streaming deal that he says is worth seven figures, the platform's first exclusive partnership with a musician
 Earlier Picks: 
Greg Dool / Folio:
Cosmopolitan launches a $2 per month paid membership program, Cosmo Unlocked, and a metered paywall limiting non-members to four free articles per month
Colin Kalmbacher / Law & Crime:
Two ex-staffers sue Fox News, Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, Ed Henry, and Howard Kurtz, alleging sexual harassment and retaliation for coming forward
Popular Information:
Email reveals Facebook execs mulling how to remove a well-founded fact check label from a viral climate misinfo post from The Daily Wire after pressure from GOP
Ben Beaumont-Thomas / The Guardian:
Bauer Media shuts down British music magazine Q after 34 years, as its circulation fell to 28,359, down from a peak of more than 200,000 in 2001
Anthony Feinstein / Reuters Institute …:
Study by the Reuters Institute for Journalism: around 70% of journalists reporting on COVID-19 say they are suffering from some levels of psychological distress