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4:05 PM ET, August 31, 2020


 Top News: 
Akhil Arora / NDTV Gadgets 360:
Netflix says it is offering select original content free to non-subscribers, on Android and web, with a 30-second skippable ad for Netflix  —  Available on Android and computer browsers globally.  —  Snapchat  —  HIGHLIGHTS  —  Netflix is offering limited free access to several original series …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
As CNN's Daniel Dale and others get more TV airtime to highlight Trump's lying, the effectiveness of fact-checking at changing minds is questionable  —  Daniel Dale met President Trump's convention speech with a tirade of truth Thursday night — a tour de force of fact-checking …
Ben Smith / New York Times:
An interview with Andrew Sullivan, who says he's earning ~$500K/year on Substack, after his positions on race and genetics pushed him out of mainstream media  —  He's one of the most influential journalists of the last three decades, but he's shadowed by a 1994 magazine cover story that claimed to show a link between race and I.Q.
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
As the pandemic led big companies to slash ad budgets, UK's ITV and Channel 4 created schemes to subsidize smaller ad buyers, with over 50 participating  —  With the public told to stay at home, high streets shut and travel halted, many of the UK's biggest advertisers from McDonald's …
Discussion: @v_praveen
Nancy Tartaglione / Deadline:
Tenet had a $53M opening at the worldwide box office, which includes 40 markets and Canada; the film is scheduled to open in the US and China on Sept. 4  —  SUNDAY UPDATE: Christopher Nolan's Tenet has surged to a $53M opening at the worldwide box office which includes 40 overseas markets and Canada.
Max Willens / Digiday:
As Pages eligible for Facebook's in-stream ads grow, some brands say its brand safety tools lag behind YouTube, as Facebook focuses on increasing ad inventory  —  Ad buyers are getting nervous about how crowded Facebook's in-stream video program has grown lately.
Alan Charlish / Reuters:
Profile of Stsiapan Putsila, a 22-year-old vlogger from Belarus who runs Nexta Live, one of the country's main news sources with over 2M Telegram subscribers  —  WARSAW (Reuters) - It started five years ago with a music video uploaded by a teenage blogger on YouTube.
Discussion: @rasmus_kleis
David Folkenflik / NPR:
VOA journalists accuse Michael Pack of endangering reporters after he said VOA is “a great place to put a foreign spy” in an interview with the Federalist  —  A group of veteran journalists for the Voice of America delivered a letter of protest Monday denouncing their parent agency's new CEO …
Pew Research Center:
Survey: 72% of US adults say news orgs do an insufficient job informing audiences about funding sources; 63% see skepticism of the news media as healthy  —  72% of U.S. adults say news organizations do an insufficient job telling their audiences where their money comes from
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Bauer Media replaced dozens of regional radio stations in UK with a single national outlet, leaving only a few independent local radio outlets remaining  —  Dozens of regional radio stations have been replaced by a single national outlet, in the latest blow to an industry that has seen deep cuts in recent decades.
Ruth La Ferla / New York Times:
Long added for token diversity, Black models are becoming mainstays in ad campaigns, driven by a shift in attitudes, but some see the moves as cynical  —  In ad campaigns for designers like Valentino and Tommy Hilfiger, race-conscious casting matters now.  Is it progress, or is it cynicism?
Alexandra Alter / New York Times:
A spike in print book sales, up 12% from early June and mid-August, and capacity issues at printing companies are forcing publishers to scramble to meet demand  —  Capacity issues at the two largest printing companies are among the factors creating havoc for authors and publishers.
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Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Sources: BBC has looked at replacing the license fee with a new special income tax, based on the Swedish model for funding public service broadcasting
Hartley Charlton / MacRumors:
IAB says it will no longer count Apple Watch in podcast listener numbers after watchOS has been found to falsely inflate the number of listeners
Discussion: AppleInsider
Emma Copley Eisenberg / Esquire:
An in-depth look at fact-checking in nonfiction publishing, where there are no standard guidelines and it is the author's responsibility to hire a fact-checker
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Ev Williams / The Official Medium Blog:
Medium says it had 1.2B page views in Q2 and now has “several hundred thousand” paying subscribers, will start offering custom domains again
Ethan Anderton / /Film:
Marvel Studios and ABC showed Black Panther without commercials on Sunday along with a tribute to Chadwick Boseman
Tina Vasquez / Nieman Reports:
A deep dive into “movement journalism”, its origins in the US South, its focus on communities affected by injustice, and questioning journalistic objectivity
Sarah Bahr / New York Times:
NYT will stop publishing its daily TV listings in NYC print edition after this weekend, ending a run of 81 years; the national edition hasn't had them for years