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1:20 PM ET, August 21, 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.
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
Hanaa' Tameez / Nieman Lab:
Gannett releases workforce demographics of USA Today and its local outlets for the first time, along with its goals for diversity and inclusion by 2025  —  On Thursday, Gannett, the parent company of USA Today and more than 260 daily local news outlets in the United States …
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 …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
News UK is proposing to shut down its monthly standalone Sunday Times Travel Magazine, affecting six staff  —  News UK is proposing to close its monthly standalone Sunday Times Travel Magazine to focus resources on the newspaper and its digital offerings.  —  About six members of staff work …
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.
Executive pay cuts triggered by the pandemic ended July 31 at Fox as planned and, sources say, Disney cuts will be lifted August 23  —  EXCLUSIVE: Thousands of executives across The Walt Disney Company and Fox Corporation are getting their paychecks restored to pre-COVID-19 levels.
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.
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 …
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
WSJ CRO says 65% of the paper's ad revenue comes from B2B advertisers and that CPMs have grown 15% in the last year thanks to its first-party data collection  —  The tumultuous tides in media are still turning, and not all publishers are affected equally.  A tense advertising landscape …
The Daily Beast:
How Fox News helped boost Steve Bannon's “We Build the Wall” fundraiser that federal prosecutors now say defrauded hundreds of thousands of donors  —  “A story of the can-do American spirit in action,” Fox star Laura Ingraham positively beamed of the right-wing fundraiser that the feds say was a multimillion-dollar fraud.
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Kanishka Singh / Reuters:
Oregon judge grants injunction against federal officers, exempting journalists from dispersal orders and barring the seizure of photo, audio, or video equipment
Discussion: Oregonian
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
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
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
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Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
Physical newsroom closures diminish awareness of newspapers' presence in communities and reduce opportunities for young journalists to learn from colleagues
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
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: regulators are investigating fundraising for GTV Media Group, a new company with ties to exiled Chinese businessman Guo Wengui and Steve Bannon