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3:25 PM ET, August 20, 2020


 Top News: 
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 …
Rune Werliin / AudienceProject:
Survey: 41% of US users have ad blockers, down from 52% in 2016; mobile ad blocking grows to 7% from 5% in 2018; 50% say online ads are irrelevant to them  —  In a new study on the attitude towards advertising and use of ad blocking, we see that ad block usage is dropping …
Discussion: Digiday
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 …
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  —  Watchdog calls out Google as touting misinformation while the search giant says the new Media Bargaining Code as drafted is unworkable.
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.
Peter Weber / The Week:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticizes NBC News for its “totally false and divisive” tweet saying she did not endorse Joe Biden in her DNC speech  —  The Democratic National Convention formally nominated Joe Biden as its presidential candidate on Tuesday night …
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  —  Thirty-three local newspapers have closed in the UK since the start of 2019, according to new Press Gazette analysis.  —  A further 13 print titles …
Discussion: @pressgazette
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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Taiwan to stop local sales for Chinese internet streamers iQiyi and Tencent, but won't block them as users will still be able to buy overseas subscriptions
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
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Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Circulation figures for January 2020 show UK publishers Reach, DMGT, and News UK own a combined 90% of the national print newspaper market
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