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10:05 PM ET, August 20, 2020


 Top News: 
Joe Berkowitz / Fast Company:
The Washington Post homepage was dominated by a Trump campaign ad on Thursday, sparking a furious debate as some say the purchase will fund journalism  —  The digital home of the Washington Post, that venerated beacon of American journalism, is currently an exercise in cognitive dissonance.
Owen Thomas / San Francisco Chronicle:
Hearst picks Emilio García-Ruiz, The Washington Post's digital operations managing editor, as the new EIC of the San Francisco Chronicle  —  Hearst, the owner of The Chronicle, named Emilio Garcia-Ruiz the publication's new editor in chief Thursday.  —  Garcia-Ruiz, the Washington …
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
A trade body representing NYT, WaPo, WSJ, and other publishers asks Apple for improved deal terms for digital subscriptions sold through the App Store  —  The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal are among companies seeking more favorable terms in Apple's app store
Alex Shephard / New Republic:
Newsweek has become a zombie magazine whose opinion section relies on the outlet's former legitimacy to launder extreme and conspiratorial ideas  —  Writing in The Columbia Journalism Review last year, Daniel Tovrov depicted Newsweek, once one of America's most distinguished magazines, as a shell of its former self.
Laura Garbes / American Prospect:
Interviews with 70 POC who worked at NPR member stations reveal the importance editors gave to content that would appeal to a white middle-aged audience  —  How whiteness dilutes voices of color at public radio stations  —  The first employee of National Public Radio (NPR), Jack Mitchell …
John Kruzel / The Hill:
DOJ asks US Supreme Court to reverse a lower court ruling that found Trump violated the First Amendment by blocking his critics on Twitter  —  The Trump administration on Thursday asked the Supreme Court to reverse a lower court ruling that found President Trump violated the First Amendment by blocking his critics on Twitter.
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
MGM overhauls its Orion Pictures brand with Alana Mayo as division head and a commitment to focus on underrepresented themes and filmmakers  —  The 36-year-old producer Alana Mayo will lead the division, which will release two to three films a year and focus exclusively on underrepresented filmmakers.
Ben Lindbergh / The Ringer:
Profile of @nyttypos, a Twitter account run by an anonymous lawyer to diligently and caustically grammar-police NYT since it dissolved its copy desk in 2017  —  In 2017, the Times dissolved its copy desk, possibly permitting more typos to slip through.  Meet the anonymous lawyer who's correcting …
Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
Physical newsroom closures diminish awareness of newspapers' presence in communities and reduce opportunities for young journalists to learn from colleagues  —  Through war, depression and every kind of turmoil the country endured over the past 100 years, the Morning Call's newsroom …
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Interview with CoinDesk chief content officer Michael J. Casey about plans for CoinDesk TV, bitcoin coverage in the mainstream business press, and more  —  Michael J. Casey is chief content officer at CoinDesk, a news site specializing in bitcoin and digital currencies that he joined in September 2017.
Discussion: @talkingbiznews
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
The UK lost a net 20 local newspapers between January 2019 and August 2020, bring the total net loss of local papers since 2005 to 265
Discussion: @pressgazette
Wajahat S. Khan / Columbia Journalism Review:
Afghan and Pakistani journalists have been hit with increasing violence, surveillance, and new restrictions as US government and media retreat from the region
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
Sources: directors Neil Marshall and Joshua Newton demanded money and threatened to expose NBCU executive Ron Meyer for his affair with Charlotte Kirk
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Sources: regulators are investigating fundraising for GTV Media Group, a new company with ties to exiled Chinese businessman Guo Wengui and Steve Bannon
Asha Barbaschow / ZDNet:
Australia's consumer watchdog says Google is disseminating misinformation as it fights new bargaining rules for Google and news media; Google denies the claim
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Interview with Tucker Carlson, who says he has the backing of Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch despite the “constant assault” to take his show off the air