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4:00 PM ET, August 25, 2020


 Top News: 
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: @media_evan
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
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Facebook says it aims to launch its News tab in multiple countries within the next 6-12 months and is considering the UK, Germany, France, India, and Brazil  —  Facebook is expediting the launch of its Facebook News tab in countries beyond the U.S., the company will announce Tuesday.
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.
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Children's news titles in the UK, like The Week Junior and First News, have been a rare publishing success story during the pandemic, with print leading the way  —  Children's news titles have been a rare publishing success story during the pandemic, growing subscribers as they reported …
Discussion: @anitachaudhuri
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Journalists at UK's Bullivant Media, which owns 11 newspapers and 4 magazines, go on strike over late payments, planned redundancies, and new working practices  —  Journalists at a local news publisher Bullivant Media have gone on strike in a dispute over pay, new working practices and planned redundancies.
Discussion: @nujofficial
Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:
YouTube says it more than doubled video removals in Q2 by casting “a wider net” for violations, after it sent content moderators home amid COVID-19 concerns  —  The company said it had to “accept a lower level of accuracy” to protect YouTube users when it relied more heavily on algorithmic moderation.
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  —  White voices and victims dominate the genre, which can skew the perception of what constitutes a crime.
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Alex Sherman / CNBC:
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