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11:15 PM ET, August 26, 2020


 Top News: 
Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
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 …
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 …
What's New in Publishing:
Report: UK digital publishing revenues fell less than expected in Q1 to £117.1M, down 2.3% YoY; subscription revenues grew 19.3%, offsetting ad revenue declines  —  29% of publishers citied rises in excess of 25% year-on-year in Q1 2020, up from 24% that reported this level of growth in the previous quarter
Rafat Ali / Skift:
A few lessons for the events industry from digital turning points in music, video, and news industries, as Zoom transforms events like Napster changed music  —  All types of business events are in danger of their revenue streams of tickets, sponsorships, memberships, and other types of fees being eroded.
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
Profile of Fletcher Greene, whose Hollywood Fix has become an essential source for on-the-ground coverage of TikTok stars and other internet influencers in LA  —  Fletcher Greene, 38, used to photograph all sorts of celebrities.  But when the pandemic hit, the A-listers hid while Gen Z's rising stars stayed in plain sight.
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Joe Budden, one of Spotify's biggest exclusive podcasters, is leaving Spotify on Sept. 23, claims it “is pillaging” his audience and won't give him a bonus  —  “I cannot tell you where this podcast will be.”  —  Joe Budden, one of Spotify's biggest exclusive podcasters, is leaving the platform.
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Guardian takes legal action to shut down parody headline generator, alleging copyright infringement for using photos of its journalists  —  The publisher of The Guardian has taken legal action to shut down a parody headline generator which it claims has infringed its copyright …
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Edward Ongweso Jr / VICE:
Most of Scots Wikipedia appears to be written by an American attempting a Scottish accent, not Scots, Scotland's official language; the user has 23K+ articles
Denise Petski / Deadline:
BuzzFeed signs a first-look deal with Universal TV, with the studio producing scripted content based on stories published by BuzzFeed
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
Paul Karp / The Guardian:
Australian parliamentary inquiry says journalists should not be immune from “secrecy offences” but proposes new defenses for public interest journalism
Discussion: @smaurizi
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
Discussion: @roncharles
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
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
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
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Newly unsealed emails show Fox News editors scrambled as their Seth Rich story fell apart and was retracted, with a top editor claiming they'd be “vindicated”