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11:00 AM ET, August 10, 2020

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Ben Smith / New York Times:
Facebook, Google, and Twitter are making the same mistakes big news outlets made decades ago, trying to placate hyperpartisan critics who are “working the refs”  —  The new referees in American politics are Facebook, Google and Twitter, and they would be wise to pay attention to lessons the old media tried to learn.
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Olivia Solon / NBC News:
Internal docs: Facebook removed “strikes” so that at least 2 conservative pages, from PragerU and Diamond & Silk, dodged penalties under misinformation policies
Bloomberg:
Hong Kong police have arrested pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai as well as his sons and Next Digital execs under its new national security law  —  - Lai's media group had backed pro-democracy demonstrations  — His two sons, media executives also arrested: report
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Galileo Cheng / @galileocheng:
[Thread] Police in Hong Kong are raiding the Next Media Building, amid the arrest of Jimmy Lai and six others under a national security law passed in late June  —  Police now entering Next Media Bldg to search upon @JimmyLaiApple arrest #NationalSecurityLaw https://hk.on.cc/... https://twitter.com/...
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Sources: after its corporate restructuring announced Friday, about 800 layoffs are expected in WarnerMedia's HBO and Warner Bros. divisions, starting Monday  —  WarnerMedia is expected to let go of at least 800 staffers at its Warner Bros. and HBO operations as part of a broad restructuring put in place by the unit's CEO, Jason Kilar.
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Elaine Low / Variety:
Interview with Jason Kilar on HBO Max, its importance in WarnerMedia's restructuring, streaming subscriber goals, and leaning into shorter theatrical windows
Alex Barker / Financial Times:
Discussion: NME, more at Techmeme »
The Guardian:
BBC's Tony Hall apologizes after the N-word was used during a TV news broadcast, following mass complaints; BBC had initially refused to apologize last month  —  Play Video  —  The BBC's director general, Tony Hall, has apologised after the N-word was used in a TV news broadcast …
Ethan Zuckerman / The Atlantic:
Trump, who has dominated US media coverage since 2016, and the pandemic, which has dominated coverage in 2020, are crowding out almost all other topics  —  Over the past six months, it has seemed like every news story is about the coronavirus, or President Donald Trump's failed response to it.
Discussion: @adriennelaf
Steven Perlberg / Digiday:
Some publishers worry about the end of the “Trump Bump” in traffic, ratings, and subscriptions if he loses to Biden, as the pandemic decimates the ad market  —  It had been more than a decade since the New York Times launched a brand advertising campaign, but 2017 felt like the right moment.
Discussion: @ethanz and @media_evan
Megan K. Stack / New York Times:
Profile of journalist Behrouz Boochani, who as a detainee exposed human rights abuses in Australia-run offshore detention center for refugees after fleeing Iran  —  He fled Iran's Revolutionary Guard.  He exposed Australia's offshore detention camps — from the inside.  He survived, stateless, for seven years.
Andy Paras / @andyparas:
[Thread] A look at SC's newspaper war amid media contraction, as The Post and Courier and McClatchy's The State add reporters, sometimes poaching from Gannett  —  THREAD: A full-blown newspaper war is happening right now in South Carolina involving its 3 largest papers and their owners. Newspaper wars are as old as papers themselves, but over the last few decades they've *mostly* gone the way of the darkroom ...
 
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Noam Cohen / Wired:
A look at Wikipedia's growing skepticism towards Fox News, designated as a generally unreliable source on politics and science in July
Amber Thomas / The Pudding:
A journalist at The Pudding describes the data journalism outlet's publishing process, from how ideas are conceived to developing data-driven visual essays
Poynter:
As violence and a declining student interest in journalism imperil Mexico's news industry, NGOs and independent outlets are fueling new investigative projects
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Matt Rodbard / TASTE:
A look at the variety of in-depth food newsletters, as publishing tools like Substack grow and food magazines and newspaper food sections dwindle
Edmund Lee / New York Times:
In a memo to staff, Bon Appétit says a third-party investigation found that race played no part in video team members' pay, as two Black editorial staffers quit
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
G/O Media, owner of Gizmodo, Jezebel, The Onion, and Deadspin, lays off 15 video staffers, says it will reallocate resources to other areas including editorial