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10:35 PM ET, July 29, 2020


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Kerry Flynn / CNN:
Staffers at Hearst Magazines have voted 241-83 to form a union through Writers Guild of America, East, after a nine-month campaign  —  New York (CNN Business)A massive union drive at Hearst Magazines, one of the world's largest periodical publishers, finally came to fruition Wednesday …
Mark Jacob / Local News Initiative:
As 80+ digital local news startups launched in the US since 2018, an equal number have closed; experts share how some, like Daily Memphian, are finding success  —  As many legacy news outlets struggle to survive, industry analysts are looking to digital start-ups as a promising way to revive coverage of local news.
Marc Malkin / Variety:
This year's Emmys will be virtual, producers have told nominees, asking them to prepare to participate from home or a location of their choice on September 20  —  Shortly after the nominations were announced yesterday, this year's Emmy executive producers — including host Jimmy Kimmel …
John Koblin / New York Times:
Netflix breaks the record for most Emmy nominations with 160, as the industrywide number of TV series hit a high and submissions rose 15% over last year
Nieman Lab:
Profile of South Africa's Oxpeckers, which is using interactive data tools like animated maps to cover stories on illegal wildlife trafficking in the region  —  In some places, it was the gray dust visible in the water buckets that showed something was wrong, polluted by run-off water from the mines.
Discussion: @chrisroper and @oxciej
Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
Research firm Forrester: US ad spending will decline by 25% this year and won't recover until 2023, and in 2020 and 2021, ad agencies will shed 52,000 jobs  —  The marketing business is going through a period of innovation as it sheds workers and tries to hold on to clients.
Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
After Trump praised doctor promoting COVID-19 “cures”, right-wing media rushed to defend her from the reporters and social platforms allegedly silencing her  —  Here's how the right-wing media's obsession with conspiracy theories and the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine resulted in “demon sperm” trending on Twitter.
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
America is enduring a far worse COVID-19 outbreak than other rich countries due in part to the size and strength of right-wing media that broadcasts falsehoods  —  And what else you need to know today.  —  Want to get The Morning by email?  Here's the sign-up.  —  Good morning.
Olga Kharif / Bloomberg:
At least three streamers banned or suspended from Twitch and Facebook following accusations of sexual harassment have moved to YouTube  —  When a handful of streamers were recently banned or suspended by the live-streaming platforms Twitch and Facebook following accusations of sexual harassment, their careers didn't end.
Discussion: @lucas_shaw
What's New in Publishing:
Digital Spy, UK's biggest TV and movies website, launches its first digital magazine, available exclusively on Apple News+ in the UK, US, Canada, and Australia  —  The #1 entertainment website in the UK unveils interactive magazine custom-designed for Apple News+
Discussion: Digital Spy
Alex Ritman / Hollywood Reporter:
British Film Institute unveils details of a £30M recovery fund for struggling independent cinemas across the UK  —  The financial lifeline for COVID-19 hit indie exhibitors is part of the U.K. government's $2 billion arts and culture recovery fund.  —  The British Film Institute …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Spotify reports Q2 revenue of €1.89B, up 13% YoY, with MAUs up 29% YoY to 299M, premium users up 27% to 138M, and ad-supported MAUs up 31% to 170M  —  In addition, ad revenue fell 21% — which Spotify blamed on the coronavirus pandemic — but the drop wasn't quite as bad as forecast.
Marc Santora / New York Times:
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Frank Pallotta / CNN:
AMC and Universal agree to shorten the theatrical window for films to 17 days, or 3 weekends, before Universal can release them onto premium on-demand platforms
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Ex-Deadspin staff launch digital media company Defector Media, which they will own and operate, led by EIC Tom Ley and open to subscribers for $8 per month