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2:40 PM ET, August 17, 2020


 Top News: 
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Streaming services are bringing a ruthless culture to Hollywood, as seen when AT&T laid off hundreds at WarnerMedia, giving Bob Greenblatt basically no heads up  —  The streaming services are in charge, and bringing a ruthless new culture with them.  —  For decades, the best thing …
Deborah Bloom / Columbia Journalism Review:
A group of ~20 local freelancers covering Portland protests teamed up as Portland Press Corps to ask for fair compensation from national media for their footage  —  On July 11, Garrison Davis was in downtown Portland, pointing his iPhone camera across a street at a group of roughly 30 law enforcement officers in camouflage.
Nathan Crooks / Bloomberg:
TikTok starts a Twitter account and website, aggregating positive news stories, to “set the record straight” about “misinformation” regarding TikTok  —  TikTok said Monday that it started a website and Twitter account to address what it called rumors in real time …
The Democratic National Convention will become a TV-only production in the COVID-19 era, with live feeds and prerecorded speeches replacing in-person events  —  - Coronavirus fears shrank year's biggest political events  — A series of virtual speeches replace hobnobbing, lobbying
Robert Andrews / Beet.TV:
Nielsen survey of 1,000 US adults: 64% say they watch local news while working from home, 40% listen to music via radio or streaming during work hours everyday  —  Music and news are the media formats to capture the day-times of a new generation of homeworkers during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to research from Nielsen.
Discussion: @nielsen
Jamie Smyth / Financial Times:
Google warns Australians that a plan to make it pay for news content threatens privacy, free Search and YouTube; Australia says the open letter contains misinfo  —  Internet group has also paused licensing deals with outlets due to proposed regulation  —  Google has warned …
Time says its digital revenue grew 58% YoY in Q2 and exceeded print revenues for the first time in its history  —  TIME President Keith A. Grossman sent the following note to staff Monday:  —  Team,  —  Over the past three months, we launched and tested different programs, partnerships …
Discussion: @kerrymflynn
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Verizon and Disney expand their partnership to give away a Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN bundle on two of Verizon's most expensive unlimited plans  —  Verizon, a key U.S. launch partner for Disney Plus, is reupping with the Mouse House on a brand-new deal: The telco will give wireless customers …
Amber Neely / AppleInsider:
Apple launches its first Apple TV+ bundle, allowing users to add CBS All Access and Showtime for an additional $9.99 a month  —  Apple has launched its first Apple TV+ bundle, allowing users to add in CBS All Access and Showtime for an additional $9.99 a month.
Naman Ramachandran / Variety:
Report: former UK culture secretary Nicky Morgan has emerged as a frontrunner for the position of chair of BBC, with the incumbent's term ending in February  —  Former U.K. culture secretary Nicky Morgan has emerged as an early frontrunner for the position of chair of public service broadcaster BBC …
Discussion: Telegraph
Reporters describe the positive and negative aspects of covering the presidential campaign under limited travel, like the loss of insights from chance meetings  —  In the mythology of political journalism, covering a presidential campaign is supposed to be a window into the soul of America.
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Nikita Richardson / Grub Street:
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Ofcom: 45% of UK adults get their news via social media, down from 49% last year, while Google News use rose from 13% to 17%; 35% get news from print newspapers
Mollie Leavitt / The Idea:
Q&A with CEO of nonprofit climate news site Grist, who says revenue increased 51% and membership rose 94% from FY 2018-FY 2019, reaching ~6,000 subscribers
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Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
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Natalie Degraffinried:
An ex-staff editor at Kotaku says she left the gaming news site due to its toxic work environment and deeply entrenched problems of racism and sexism
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
In updated editor's note, Newsweek apologized for an op-ed questioning Harris' eligibility, calling it a tool for racism after staffers demanded it be retracted