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3:55 AM ET, August 26, 2020


 Top News: 
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Sources: networks including ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN protested to Republican officials after the Trump campaign gave Hannity exclusive access to key RNC sites  —  Mike Pompeo will shatter tradition tonight as the first sitting secretary of state in at least 75 years to address a national party convention.
Josh Sternberg / The Media Nut:
Sources: Trump campaign could spend $1M+ on homepage takeovers of NYT in September, but the paper is yet to accept the ads because of inflammatory language  —  And how should sales teams take on campaign spending?  —  This week will be a stress test for a couple aspects of the media business.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
MSNBC and CNN cut away from live coverage of the RNC several times on Monday night to fact-check claims made by speakers; Fox News cut away from some speeches  —  MSNBC and CNN cut away from live coverage of the Republican National Convention several times on Monday night in order to fact-check claims made by speakers.
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
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Group of journalists led by Maria Bustillos, the editor of Popula, launches Brick House, which will offer subscriptions to nine small publications for $75/year  —  A group of journalists led by Maria Bustillos is building Brick House, a network of publications with an unusual business model.
Ethan Zuckerman / Center for Civic Media:
MIT's Center for Civic Media will close at the end of August after 13 years, with alumni continuing its work elsewhere  —  At the end of August 2020, the Center for Civic Media at MIT will close down.  Established in 2007 as the Center for Future Civic Media, the Center …
Krystie Lee Yandoli / BuzzFeed News:
A former TMZ employee has sued the site's parent companies, Warner Bros. Entertainment and EHM Productions, claiming gender discrimination and retaliation  —  “I want the culture to change.  I don't want anyone to leave that office and cry and feel like they're worthless," Bernadette Zilio told BuzzFeed News.
Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:
YouTube says it more than doubled video removals in Q2 by casting a wider net, as Facebook scaled back appeals after content moderators began working from home  —  When YouTube sent content moderators home in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it dramatically expanded its use of automated filters …
Christopher Palmeri / Bloomberg:
Report: Disney leads old media giants in making money from streaming, with an estimated $11.2B in DTC revenue this year, accounting for 19% of its total sales  —  - Lions Gate is close No. 2, with 18% of revenue coming online  — Comcast, Fox are behind others in building new business lines
Jason Cherkis / Columbia Journalism Review:
A longtime crime reporter reflects on his own regrets covering the police, which often favored their perspective, and how media needs to rethink its approach  —  It was May 2003.  The photographer and I were in a grocery store parking lot in the better part of Washington, DC.
Washington Post:
The collapse of the sale of AMI's Enquirer to the CEO of Hudson News, announced in spring 2019, raises questions of whether the tabloid became too hot to handle  —  In the spring of 2019, the National Enquirer appeared once again to be riding out another storm in its long, tumultuous history.
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.
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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
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
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