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8:45 AM ET, August 3, 2020

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Ben Smith / New York Times:
The US election will present media with major challenges including delayed vote tallies due to a rise in mail-in ballots and Trump tweets falsely alleging fraud  —  We may not know the results for days, and maybe weeks.  So it's time to rethink “election night.”
Frank E. Lockwood / Arkansas Online:
The RNC says journalists will be barred from attending the GOP convention in Charlotte, NC from August 21-24 due to the state's COVID-19 health restrictions  —  WASHINGTON — When Republicans renominate Donald Trump for president in Charlotte, N.C., on Aug. 24, journalists won't be on hand to witness it …
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.
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
How FiveThirtyEight plans to visually represent uncertainty in its 2020 presidential election polling data and improve upon the infamous 2016 bar chart  —  One of the more challenging things to represent in journalism is uncertainty.  Walter Cronkite ended his newscasts with “That's the way it is …
New York Times:
With flagging interest in her briefings from Trump and most TV networks, it's unclear what purpose Kayleigh McEnany is filling beyond berating the news media  —  President Trump does not always watch her briefings, and even his allies say she risks being known more for “hitting the press with a two-by-four” …
Christopher Brennan / Monday Note:
As the presidential election looms, US media risks focusing too much on horse race domestic coverage, ignoring pivotal developments abroad  —  Unfortunately, the systems that give people in the US their news are set up for presidential elections in the worst way
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.
CNN:
Reporters on covering the NBA from inside the “NBA Bubble”, the quarantine zone inside Disney World that is housing 20 reporters and 22 teams through October  —  New York (CNN Business)Shortly before Joe Vardon started covering last year's NBA playoffs, the sports journalist took his family to Walt Disney World.
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.
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Michelle Celarier / Institutional Investor:
Profile of Henry Blodget, co-founder and CEO of Business Insider who sold the financial news site to Axel Springer in 2015 and currently is its editor
Timothy McLaughlin / The Atlantic:
Profile of SCMP, where last year's HK protests highlighted the tensions between senior editors who often appear to be deferential to authorities and reporters
Elaine Low / Variety:
Profile of Netflix's Bela Bajaria, who is leading the company's content growth outside of the US as its VP of local language originals
Institute for Nonprofit News:
Case study: Rivard Report, a successful nonprofit newsroom in San Antonio, TX, generates a third of its revenue from sponsorships and “business memberships”
ProPublica:
How Larry King, who has hosted a talk show on RT America since 2013, says he was duped into taping a fake interview that was Chinese propaganda
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Seb Joseph / Digiday:
GroupM and Havas Media have started pitching advertisers curated marketplaces representing publishers owned by BIPOC and LGBTQ+
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Tony Haile / Columbia Journalism Review:
Small pubs can compete with NYT's subscription dominance by using WaPo's ad tech platform Zeus or by sharing subscription-only content across multiple pubs
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Agnes Chu is leaving as senior VP of content for Disney Plus to become president of Condé Nast Entertainment, reporting to CEO Roger Lynch
Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
James Murdoch is resigning from the board of News Corp, effective immediately, due to disagreements over editorial content and other strategic decisions
Hollywood Reporter:
Current and former employees allege that NBC Entertainment chairman Paul Telegdy engaged in racist, sexist, and homophobic behavior