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3:35 PM ET, September 23, 2020

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Sarah Jeong / OneZero:
Q&A with Casey Newton on leaving The Verge to start a newsletter on Substack called Platformer, after many years as The Verge's Silicon Valley editor  —  Sarah Jeong talks to Newton about the details of his deal, subscription journalism, and the magic of email
Variety:
Variety parent company Penske Media reaches a deal with MRC to operate Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter under a newly formed joint venture called PMRC  —  MRC brings to the venture its production infrastructure.  The MRC banner is home to the Netflix drama “Ozark” and has produced such feature films as …
Ted Johnson / Deadline:
In a rally, Trump again mocks Ali Velshi for being hit with a rubber bullet amid protests and adds a vague story to mock another reporter thrown aside by police  —  Donald Trump again mocked MSNBC anchor Ali Velshi for the moment when he was struck by a rubber bullet while covering protests in June …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: substantial job cuts are expected at NBCUniversal in the coming months as it thinks channels like E!, Oxygen, and Syfy don't have a long-term future  —  With channels like E!, Oxygen and Syfy on borrowed time, media company pushes deep cuts and centralizes program decisions
@newsalliance:
[Thread] AP journalists describe how they report election results and declare winners in about 7,000 races, for White House, Congress, and state legislatures  —  On Nov. 3 and in the days after, @AP will declare winners from ~7,000 races, from the White House down the ballot through local elections
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Political journalists at Fox News, ABC, CBS, CNN, and NBC say they are preparing for an election night without an immediate decision in the presidential contest
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
The News Product Alliance launches as a community for people who work in news product management  —  The News Product Alliance launches today  —  The News Product Alliance launched today, offering a community for people who work in news product management.  —  What's that again, you might wonder?
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
UK press regulator Impress launches The Public Interest News Foundation, a charity to support public interest journalism through donations  —  British news outlets are to be supported by a new charity which will take advantage of tax breaks to funnel donations into public interest journalism across the UK.
Discussion: Press Gazette and @janebsinger
Bloomberg:
Zoltan Varga, the owner of one of Hungary's biggest independent media groups, says he faces intimidation tactics because he won't give in to Orban's government  —  Zoltan Varga was on a business trip abroad when his partner called.  A helicopter was flying close to their home in a hillside district of Budapest.
 
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Rick Porter / Hollywood Reporter:
ViacomCBS launches a First Time Directors program that will produce 50 films from BIPOC and women filmmakers
Discussion: Deadline and Variety
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
DOJ, in a rare legislative proposal, asks Congress to adopt a law weakening Section 230, in an effort to hold Facebook, Google, and others liable for content
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
CNN is shutting down its short-form video subsidiary Great Big Story
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
Norway's Schibsted built podcast tools into its own platform so its outlets can publish podcasts behind paywalls before releasing them on third-party platforms
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
NPR should have consistently disclosed Nina Totenberg's long-standing friendship with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, which at least appeared to be a conflict of interest
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Peter Slattery / OneZero:
How Spotify's UX decisions have encouraged the growth of adjective-laden generic artist names, enabling a kind of SEO spam for music
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Roku can't buy sponsored product ads on Amazon for its own products and products sold by Roku often don't appear atop search results for them
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
A look at Google's acquisition of DoubleClick and the approval of the deal by the FTC, which was pivotal in it becoming a dominant digital advertising player
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
YouTube says it will use AI-powered moderation to automatically age-restrict certain content