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10:15 AM ET, August 22, 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.
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
American Media's David Pecker, who OK'ed hush-money payments to women who had affairs with Trump, is out as CEO; AMI to merge with logistics firm Accelerate 360  —  Mr. Pecker is out as chief executive of American Media after two-decade tenure  —  David Pecker is stepping down as chief executive …
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Matt Mullenweg says Automattic will add IAP for plans to WordPress iOS app after Apple froze app updates and demanded the addition  —  This sounds ridiculous  —  WordPress, the iOS app, lets you build and manage a website right from your iPhone or iPad.
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 …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Live TV viewership of the Democratic National Convention fell 17.6% from 2016, with average nightly audience of 21.6M viewers; Biden's speech drew 24.6M viewers  —  Live television viewership for the Democratic National Convention fell 17.6 percent from 2016, but many Americans watched online.
Alex Kantrowitz / OneZero:
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
BBC Sport strengthens moderation policies for its comments sections and vows to keep growing coverage of women's sports  —  BBC Sport has a message for its 8.5 million followers on Twitter.  The pinned tweet is part promise, part mission statement.  —  The BBC exists for all of us, so it should represent all of us.
Discussion: and @sarahscire
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
Dan Kennedy / Media Nation:
In memo, Boston Globe EIC announced the promotions of Anica Butler and Nestor Ramos, its first Black woman and first Latino editor respectively on its masthead  —  Boston Globe editor Brian McGrory today announced two promotions.  In a memo to the staff, McGrory said that Ideas section editor Anica Butler …
Tim Schwab / Columbia Journalism Review:
A look at the correlation between $250M+ in journalism grants the Gates Foundation has made and the overwhelmingly positive coverage the foundation has received  —  Last August, NPR profiled a Harvard-led experiment to help low-income families find housing in wealthier neighborhoods …
Karlene Lukovitz / MediaPost:
Digital Entertainment Group: total consumer home entertainment spending was up 26% YoY to $15.1B in H1 2020 with spending on digital formats up 37% YoY  —  In another perspective on the streaming video lift driven by the pandemic's stay-at-home mode, preliminary sales data …
Discussion: FierceVideo and Multichannel News
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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: The Daily Beast and Oregonian
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
Discussion: MediaPost
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
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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
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
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
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