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2:00 PM ET, November 14, 2020


 Top News: 
Vox cofounder Matthew Yglesias is leaving the outlet after more than six years and launching a Substack newsletter, Slow Boring  —  Hey folks, some personal news. Co-founding @voxdotcom with @ezraklein & @MelissaBell has been one of the great adventures of my life but after 6+ years on the job I've decided it's time for me to move on to something new that I'm really excited about.
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic:
Matthew Yglesias on why he left Vox: the “damaging trend” of increased sensitivity about language, and pushing back against media's dominant sensibility  —  The journalist Matthew Yglesias, a co-founder of Vox, announced today that he is leaving that publication …
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Military Veterans in Journalism receives a $250K Knight Foundation grant to fund six-month fellowships, workshops, mentorship for journalists who are veterans  —  Military Veterans in Journalism announced a $250,000 grant from the Knight Foundation  —  Zack Baddorf first got into journalism …
About 500 Gannett employees, at least 200 of them journalists, are taking buyout offers; the company employs about 5,000 journalists  —  The offer was first put out in October  —  In October, Gannett offered a round of voluntary buyouts to all its employees.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
NBC News/MSNBC have had to part ways with four contributors due to ties to the Biden team, highlighting again the cozy relationship between politics and pundits  —  MSNBC announced on Monday that, “per network policy,” presidential historian Jon Meacham would no longer be serving as a MSNBC contributor.
Katherine Rosman / New York Times:
A look at Abby Phillip's career in journalism, from Politico to CNN, as her star rises following her anchoring of CNN's election week coverage  —  In an election dominated by fast-talking policy dudes, her deliberate commentary and context stood out.  —  “Black women did that,” said Abby Phillip, a CNN political correspondent.
New York Magazine:
New York magazine has hired Sukjong Hong as the editor of the recently relaunched Curbed  —  New York editor-in-chief David Haskell, Strategist editor Alexis Swerdloff, and Vulture editor Neil Janowitz today announced new hires at the magazine as well as its real-estate and urbanism site Curbed …
Kevin Freking / Associated Press:
Kayleigh McEnany is serving both as White House press secretary and as a Trump campaign adviser, raising questions about whether she's violating the Hatch Act  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House press secretary who refers questions to the White House?  —  Kayleigh McEnany is wearing two hats …
Nick Statt / The Verge:
YouTube defends choice to leave up election misinformation videos, saying such videos are “not being surfaced or recommended in any prominent way”  —  The company says its most popular videos are from ‘authoritative’ sources  —  YouTube is pushing back against claims its platform …
Ryan Faughnder / Los Angeles Times:
Sony acquires faith-based subscription video service Pure Flix, which charges viewers $13 a month to stream evangelical-friendly movies and TV shows  —  In a move to expand its reach with Christian audiences, Sony Pictures is buying a streaming service launched by the makers of the “God's Not Dead” film franchise.
Discussion: Pure Flix Insider
Stephanie Sengwe / The Streamable:
Disney says Disney+ had 73M+ paid subscribers at the end of September, up from 57.5M at end of June and 60.5M in early August  —  Disney+ reported today that they have now reached 73.7 million subscribers at the end of September.  This is a 16.2 million climb from last quarter …
Disney reports a loss of $710M on $14.71B in revenue, slightly beating revenue estimates of $14.2B; stock up 5%+ after hours
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Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
UK's Daily Mail pays a professor £25,000 for falsely accusing her of inciting a race war, citing tweets “we subsequently learnt were fake”
Maria Ressa will be replaced as Rappler's executive editor by Glenda M. Gloria as she goes on sabbatical to play a more active role in fighting disinformation
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Ayaz Gul / Voice of America:
A bomb in Afghanistan's Helmand province has killed Elyas Dayee, a reporter working for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's Afghan service, Radio Azadi
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Fox News has parted ways with contributor John Solomon, the pro-Trump columnist formerly of The Hill, who helped fuel Rudy Giuliani's Ukraine work against Biden
Mike Allen / Axios:
Sources: Trump has told friends he wants to start an online media channel, which would be cheaper than cable, to undermine Fox News