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2:05 PM ET, August 26, 2020


 Top News: 
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Facebook warns publishers that Apple's upcoming privacy changes in iOS 14, which clamp down on ad tracking IDFA usage, will make Audience Network less effective  —  Facebook is warning advertisers that they can expect weaker ad performance from iPhone users once iOS 14 comes out next month …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Many RNC speakers, including Melania Trump, Covington Catholic teen Nick Sandman, and Gov. Kim Reynolds of Iowa, targeted the media and complained of bias  —  Many of the 2020 Republican National Convention's speakers have gone after the media, blaming outlets for targeting Trump supporters …
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
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Media enabled Kellyanne Conway by not forcefully calling out Hatch Act violations, giving her tons of airtime, and offering kid-glove treatment for inside info  —  Among the many appalling scenes in the many tell-all books written from an inside-the-Trump-administration perspective …
Denise Petski / Deadline:
BuzzFeed signs a first-look deal with Universal TV, with the studio producing scripted content based on stories published by BuzzFeed  —  Buzzfeed is making an expanded push into television, signing a first-look deal with Universal TV, in which the studio will produce scripted content based …
Ted Johnson / Deadline:
CBS News launches CBS Village, a multiplatform franchise for news division content about diverse groups like Black, Asian, LGBTQ, LatinX, women, and millennials  —  CBS News is launching CBS Village, an online destination for news division content about diverse groups, while it has made more additions …
Paul Karp / The Guardian:
Australian parliamentary inquiry says journalists should not be immune from “secrecy offences” but proposes new defenses for public interest journalism  —  Journalists should not be immune from secrecy offences but may gain new defences for public interest journalism …
Jason Cherkis / Columbia Journalism Review:
A longtime crime reporter on coming up short in his 10 years on the beat and why media needs to rethink its approach towards covering the police  —  It was May 2003.  The photographer and I were in a grocery store parking lot in the better part of Washington, DC.  We chain-smoked and waited for disaster to strike.
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.
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.
Discussion: @roncharles
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 …
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Dr. Pat Soon-Shiong / @drpatsoonshiong:
LA Times owner Patrick Soon-Shiong responds to Latino Caucus demands, setting a goal of 25% of newsroom staff being Latino within five years, and more
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
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
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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
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
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