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12:55 AM ET, August 4, 2020


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Angelina Chapin / The Cut:
Veteran AP reporter Errin Haines, Emily Ramshaw, and others launch The 19th, covering politics and inequality from a diverse perspective with a 99% female staff  —  When Errin Haines first heard about Breonna Taylor's death in mid-May, she knew the story deserved more attention.
Coral Murphy / USA Today:
The 19th reaches an agreement with USA TODAY to republish its stories across more than 250 news markets  —  The newsroom is being reimagined and its future is looking female.  —  The 19th, a women-based, nonprofit newsroom, launched on Monday and will report on topics such as gender, politics and policy.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Chuck Todd to launch a weekly political program on live-streaming service NBC News Now and NBCUniversal's streaming service Peacock, starting in September  —  If it's good wi-fi, it's “Meet The Press.”  —  Chuck Todd, who has moderated NBC News' Sunday-morning public affairs program since the fall of 2014 …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Snap signs deals with major music companies, including Warner Music, UMG, and Merlin, to let users add music to their posts, initially in Australia and NZ  —  Social-networking company has licensed rights from major labels and publishers  —  Snap Inc. is introducing a new feature …
New York Times:
Ad analytics platform Pathmatics: Facebook's top 100 advertisers spent $221.4M from July 1 through July 29, down 12% YoY from the $251.4M they spent in 2019  —  Major advertisers on Facebook reduced their spending by millions of dollars in July, but not enough to significantly damage the platform's revenue.
Nathan J. Robinson / Current Affairs:
Paywalls at top-tier publications like NYT and New Yorker can make accessing the truth harder, ceding ground to free publications that spread misinformation  —  Paywalls are justified, even though they are annoying.  It costs money to produce good writing, to run a website, to license photographs.
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
Journalists across McClatchy's newsrooms say they are cautiously optimistic about Chatham's takeover of McClatchy, which is scheduled to be finalized on Tuesday  —  New York (CNN Business)Hedge fund ownership of newspaper groups typically spells doom for the newsrooms.
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
Despite the pandemic, some sports publications, like Penske Media's Sportico and Front Office Sports, are capitalizing on new opportunities, like virtual events  —  The business of sports has been turned upside down over the past six months, and a number of media companies are racing …
Discussion: @edgar_walker and Talking Biz News
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK broadcasters urge Ofcom to exclude news programs from proposed “duty of care” rules being drawn up after the deaths of two former reality TV show contestants  —  Broadcasters have urged Ofcom to exclude news and current affairs programming from proposed new “duty of care” …
Discussion: @pressgazette
Max Tani / @maxwelltani:
Business Insider told staff on Friday that the company will not require employees to return to the offices until July 2021  —  Insider/BI told staff Friday that the company will not require employees/teams to return to the offices until July 2021.
Jay Peters / The Verge:
FuboTV adds Disney channels including ESPN and ABC following a deal struck with Disney on June 24th  —  ESPN, ESPN 2, FX, FXX, Disney Channel, National Geographic, and more  —  ESPN and many other Disney channels are now live on FuboTV, according to a FuboTV support document.
Discussion: @backlon, @dylanbyers and Gizmodo
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