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11:55 AM ET, August 25, 2020

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Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
As the RNC shapes up to be a “major medical and political disinformation event”, networks should be ready to cut away when Trump and his allies start lying  —  In June—with Roy Cooper, the Democratic governor of North Carolina, refusing, due to the pandemic …
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New York Times:
Following the DNC, Republicans are rushing to finalize their convention, promising a more traditional in-person spectacle, leaving some TV networks in the dark  —  The party is promising a more traditional in-person spectacle with President Trump speaking every night.
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
In suit challenging Trump's EO, TikTok says in the US it had 11.3M MAUs in Jan. 2018, 91.9M in June 2020, and now has 100M+; globally it had ~700M MAUs in July  —  - TikTok revealed specific U.S. and global growth milestones for the first time in a lawsuit against the U.S. government.
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
GQ announces the launch of The GQ Shop e-commerce store and says revenue from its quarterly subscription service GQ Best Stuff Box is up 162% over 2019 YTD  —  GQ is looking to deepen its commerce revenue stream with the launch of its new e-commerce store, The GQ Shop, on Tuesday.
Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism:
Survey: 61% UK respondents say news media has helped explain what they can do in response to the pandemic but 35% say news coverage has made the crisis worse  —  This is the tenth factsheet of the UK COVID-19 news and information project.  —  Key findings
Daniel Holloway / Variety:
Audible debuts Audible Plus, a $7.95/month tier with unlimited access to a library of 11K+ titles spanning audiobooks, podcasts, and original productions  —  Audible has announced a new service that will provide unlimited listening to a curated library of audio entertainment.
Paul Mozur / New York Times:
Emboldened by Hong Kong's new security law, police are targeting the social media accounts of media executives, pro-democracy politicians, and activists  —  Under a new national security law, the police are targeting the social media accounts of executives, politicians and activists.
Jay Rosen / @jayrosen_nyu:
[Thread] Examples of local TV stations getting duped into covering QAnon events as “just folks” demonstrating against human trafficking  —  Here's an example of local TV (@WNEP, an ABC affiliate in Scranton, PA) getting duped into covering a QAnon event as a “just folks” demonstration against human trafficking. These events happened all over the country today. https://www.wnep.com/...
 
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Elon Green / The Appeal:
White writers and editors dominate the true crime genre, getting to choose what crime is worth a feature, which can skew perceptions of what constitutes a crime
Tarpley Hitt / The Daily Beast:
Inside Roku's Non-Certified Channels, unregulated private channels ostensibly for beta testing, some including conspiracy and far-right content
Discussion: @marlownyc
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Leo Barraclough / Variety:
Berlin Film Festival says its performance awards will be gender-neutral for next year's edition, which will be a physical event in February
Discussion: The Wrap and cineuropa.org
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Profile of Zeynep Tufekci, a sociologist and contributing writer at The Atlantic, who was prescient on major issues like the CDC's erroneous mask advice
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Netflix and others are taking advantage of the global shortage of new TV shows to outbid British channels, raising questions about future TV schedules
Discussion: Digital TV Europe
Meghan McCarron / Eater:
Over two dozen current and former LAT and Lucky Peach staffers describe food editor Peter Meehan's toxic management style that led to his resignation from LAT