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9:25 AM ET, July 30, 2020


 Top News: 
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 …
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 …
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
ViacomCBS is adding 70 TV series to CBS All Access from its Viacom cable networks and plans to officially relaunch with a new name in early 2021  —  - ViacomCBS is adding content from its Viacom cable networks to CBS All Access, including all seasons of “Chappelle's Show,” “Snooki & Jwoww,” and “Hot in Cleveland.”
Discussion: @richlightshed
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Comcast Q2: revenue of $23.7B; NBCU revenue fell 25.4% YoY to $6.12B; filmed content licensing revenue grew 19.5% YoY; Peacock has 10M signups since July launch  —  - Comcast earnings beat analyst estimates on the top and bottom lines.  — It's the first earnings report since Comcast's …
Rachel Kurzius / DCist:
Interviews with 24 people reveal a pattern of inappropriate behavior by former WAMU reporter Martin Di Caro, who now works for Bloomberg Radio  —  Repeatedly telling a spokesperson for a D.C. councilmember how he thought she looked in a dress.  Sending suggestive, late-night messages to young colleagues.
Christa Case Bryant / Nieman Reports:
With disinformation campaigns targeting the 2020 election, journalists need to find a way to handle hack-and-leak operations like those that marred 2016  —  Russian, Chinese, and Iranian disinformation campaigns are targeting the November vote.  Journalists need to figure …
Discussion: @niemanreports
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.
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.
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.
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
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  —  New York (CNN Business)Universal and AMC are mending their frayed relationship in a deal that not only reverses the theater chain's ban …
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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
Alex Ritman / Hollywood Reporter:
British Film Institute unveils details of a £30M recovery fund for struggling independent cinemas across the UK
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
Discussion: Digital Spy
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Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
Sources: Russian intelligence services are using a trio of English-language websites by an information agency called InfoRos to spread disinfo about COVID-19