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4:50 PM ET, November 18, 2020


 Top News: 
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Apple lowering its subscription revenue cut for those making under $1M/year in App Store will boost some news publishers' revenue; more details coming in Dec.  —  Instead of taking 30% of new subscribers' payments, it'll take 15%.  The money's welcome, but it's also a reminder …
Media coverage of COVID-19 hasn't fallen despite a drop in reader interest, which sociologists ascribe to the coverage becoming too redundant and often alarmist  —  Ahead of Thanksgiving travel, new coronavirus cases in the U.S. have never been higher, and online interest in the pandemic …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube rolls out ads on some videos from channels outside its revenue sharing program; updated TOS says such channels might not receive a cut of the revenue  —  YouTube, in an expansion of its advertising business, will begin serving up ads on channels that will not receive a cut of the revenue.
Discussion: Adweek and @caseynewton
Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube is introducing audio-only ads for users who listen to music or podcasts in the background and letting advertisers buy ads targeted by mood
New York Times:
Should Trump decide to write a memoir, publishers would have to weigh huge sales against possible revolts by staff and authors and concerns about veracity  —  Some publishing executives worry their authors and staff might rebel, but they say their bigger concern would be ensuring the book's accuracy.
Emily Atkin / HEATED:
Last week, Washington Post ran 1,421-words of climate denialism as a full-page ad, which the author says cost $25K  —  Should newspapers profit from spreading factual inaccuracies about deadly threats?  —  5 hr ago  —  Happy hump day, hot stuff.  Some shameless self- and friend-promotion before today's edition.
Tony Semerad / Salt Lake Tribune:
The Salt Lake Tribune appoints Sacramento Bee executive Lauren Gustus as its top editor, the third woman to hold the post in the newspaper's 150-year history  —  The Salt Lake Tribune has hired a seasoned journalist, media executive and pioneer in community-supported news as its top editor.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Comcast launches Watchwith, an interactive live-streaming app for Xfinity X1 and Flex customers that lets viewers engage with programs using their remotes  —  Comcast is getting Twitch-y, starting with tonight's episode of Bravo's “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City.”
Nikki Usher:
Right-wing news appears legitimate to partisans because it looks and feels like journalism with appeals to expertise and slick, professional news production  —  Republican media is peddling lies with reason and professionalism — and GOP partisans are never coming back to mainstream news
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
UK Music, which represents the commercial music industry, says the sector's economic contribution could halve in 2020 due to events shutdowns  —  The UK music industry is set to halve in size this year as issues including an effective shutdown of concerts, gigs and festivals strip £3bn from its contribution to the economy.
Max Willens / Digiday:
Verizon Media Group, which includes Yahoo, HuffPost, TechCrunch, and Engadget, says its commerce revenues are up more than 250% YoY through November  —  Last year, Verizon Media Group CEO Guru Gowrappan told Digiday that commerce could account for one third of Verizon Media Group's revenues …
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Mandy Garner / Hacked Off:
A journalist and mother of a victim of a car accident describes how IPSO failed to punish Mail Online for posting a video of the fatal accident
Tatiana Cirisano / Billboard:
Bandcamp launches its own ticketed livestreaming service, Bandcamp Live, where artists choose ticket prices starting at $1; fees are waived until April 2021
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