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12:00 PM ET, July 27, 2020


 Top News: 
Aubree Eliza Weaver / Politico:
Sinclair says it will delay airing and add more context to an America This Week segment that features “Plandemic” conspiracy theory, after social media backlash  —  Sinclair Broadcasting on Saturday said it will delay its scheduled airing of a news segment featuring …
Ben Smith / New York Times:
A look back at Hearst under Troy Young and its move to spike the Bryan Singer story, which became important to the #MeToo movement after The Atlantic ran it  —  The workplace environment at the company's magazine division was troubled under Troy Young.  And it may not have been good for ambitious investigative journalism, either.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
By persuading Trump that he's succeeding and blocking out outside criticisms, Fox News could be helping destroy Trump's reelection hopes  —  It would be a peculiarly apt form of poetic justice if the entity that has done so much to help President Trump run this country into the ground …
Jessica Wakeman / Patreon:
Profile of NYT Style's editor Choire Sicha, well-liked by most, as the section confronts the pandemic's unique coverage demands  —  Art by Shawné Michaelain Holloway The man behind the curtain of the New York Times's most innovative section emerged fully formed from the Internet.
LMC Site:
Local Media Consortium to launch The Matchup, a collaborative online sports platform, with some beta markets launching this month and full coverage by Jan. 2021  —  Online sports collaboration offers 78 million enthusiasts multi-market access to content about their favorite teams, players and topics
Anton Troianovski / New York Times:
Facebook hired StopFake in Ukraine to flag Russian disinfo, but critics accuse the fact-checking group of ties to the far right and of bias in its fact-checking  —  Facebook hired a Ukrainian group battling Russian disinformation to flag misleading posts.  But critics say the fact checkers' work veers into activism.
The New York Times Company:
The New York Times announces that Jyoti Thottam will be the new deputy Op-Ed editor  —  Jyoti Thottam, who has exquisite news judgment and sure editing hands, will oversee vertical editors and be a regular Opinion Today writer.  Read more in this note from Katie Kingsbury.
Discussion: @froomkin
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
Hearst denies O Magazine will cease print at end of 2020, says the magazine will continue to publish online and it is evaluating print frequency beyond December  —  Hearst denies O Magazine will cease its print editions at the end of the year.  In a statement late Sunday …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
IFJ survey of 558 female journalists from 52 countries shows 56% think COVID-19 has increased gender inequality in the industry  —  More than half of female journalists worldwide have experienced worsening gender inequality since the Covid-19 pandemic began, according to a new survey.
Discussion: IFJ
Sonam Vashi / Columbia Journalism Review:
A hotline run by advocacy org Freedom for Immigrants has become crucial to journalists for gaining firsthand accounts from inside US immigrant detention centers  —  In the first episode of the final season of prison dramedy Orange is the New Black, one character, Maritza Ramos, faces deportation.
Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism:
Study on news gaps in the UK: while overall news use remains higher than before the pandemic, women and people under 55 are less likely to access COVID-19 news  —  A woman wearing a face mask uses her phone on London Bridge in March 2020.  —  Dr Antonis Kalogeropoulos  —  Introduction |
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Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Local Scripps-owned stations in 42 markets, including NYC, have gone dark on Dish Network after the companies failed to reach a deal on carriage rates
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Fox News host Jesse Watters tries to walk back praise for pro-Trump conspiracy theory QAnon, after telling Eric Trump that Q “uncovered a lot of great stuff”
The Guardian:
Broadcasters say they'll lose £200M+/year if UK imposes junk food ads ban, point to govt. assessment the ban would reduce kids' intake by just 1.7 calories/day
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Hanaa' Tameez / Nieman Lab:
CUNY's Black Media Initiative director Aaron Foley discusses the new program's aims, as it prepares its first report on the Black news ecosystem in the US