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6:15 PM ET, July 22, 2020


 Top News: 
Edmund Lee / New York Times:
New York Times names Meredith Kopit Levien as its next president and CEO starting September 8, succeeding Mark Thompson  —  She will succeed Mark Thompson, the executive who oversaw a transformation from print to digital, in September.  —  The New York Times Company on Wednesday named Meredith Kopit Levien …
New York Times:
Current and former Hearst staffers speak out about a toxic environment, racial discrimination at Cosmo, and sexually offensive remarks by president Troy Young  —  At Cosmopolitan staff meetings, workers complain of discrimination and tokenism.  Former employees say Hearst Magazines president Troy Young made sexually offensive remarks.
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
Media focus on Trump's “sober” or “somber” tone in Tuesday's briefing reflects a superficial obsession with style or wishful thinking about his leadership  —  What is it that people say about the definition of insanity?  On Monday, President Trump said he would bring …
Casey Newton / The Interface:
Sources: Kevin Roose's tweets on Facebook stories with the highest engagement per CrowdTangle worry the News Feed team, which favors “reach"-focused metrics  —  What news should people see when they come to Facebook?  —  In the old days, your answer might have been “whatever they want to see,” or even “who cares?”
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
NYT marks 30 years since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act with a special package available in Braille and audio versions for all articles  —  Thirty years ago, the United State passed landmark disability legislation known as the Americans with Disabilities Act or, simply, the ADA.
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Nieman Foundation announces a new remote visiting fellowship, focused on advancing coverage of racial justice and public health issues in the US  —  These fellowships are open to a broad range of people.  If you're wondering if you should apply, you should.
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: NYT has reached a deal to acquire Serial Productions, maker of the podcast Serial; an announcement could come as soon as Thursday  —  The deal aims to further the newspaper's podcasting ambitions  —  The New York Times NYT -1.75% has reached an agreement to acquire Serial Productions …
Discussion: @benmullin
Shaun Walker / The Guardian:
Over 90 journalists sign a letter protesting the firing of the EIC of Hungary's, after the EIC was fired following his claims of political interference  —  Szabolcs Dull had recently publicly raised concerns about political interference at Index  —  The editor-in-chief …
Sahil Patel / Wall Street Journal:, which makes videos of offbeat sports for platforms like Snapchat and Facebook, raises $32M Series A, says at a valuation between $50M and $100M  —  The three-year-old company closed a $32 million funding round despite a sports world in upheaval  —  Digital-media startup …
Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Spotify signs new licensing agreement with Universal, who will also be a partner for developing and testing services and tools Spotify hopes labels will pay for  —  Agreement includes label giant's sign-on to streamer's ‘two-sided marketplace’ where it envisions music companies paying for marketing and data tools
Sara Guaglione / MediaPost:
Forbes partners with Kerv Interactive to create branded and shoppable content for videos on to let advertisers market individual products in a video  —  Forbes is working with KERV Interactive, a digital ad video platform, to create branded and shoppable content on
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Sensor Tower: NBCU's Peacock streaming service was downloaded ~1.5M times across the US App Store and Google Play in its first six days, 25% more than Quibi
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK producer ITN, which makes ITV News, Channel 4 News, and 5 News, says it's reached its target of 20% BAME staff but has a mean ethnicity pay gap of 19.4%
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Kantar: Amazon spent $6.9B on US advertising in 2019, making it the top US ad spender, ahead of Comcast's $6.1B, AT&T's $5.5B, P&G's $4.3B, and Disney's $3.2B
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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
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
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