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12:00 PM ET, July 12, 2021


 Top News: 
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Five bright spots for US journalism: from strong nonprofit reporting on the NRA to ventures like climate-focused Bloomberg Green and texting-based Outlier Media  —  A look at some of the ventures that have sprung up, fueled by a new sense of mission in American journalism and by the sheer quantities of money available.
Jeremy Fuster / The Wrap:
Disney says Marvel's Black Widow has earned $60M+ on opening weekend via its Premier Access program, which lets Disney+ subscribers rent the movie for $30  —  Opening weekend estimates for Marvel Studios' “Black Widow” took a hit after Saturday grosses were lower than expected …
Jon Porter / The Verge:
TikTok launches on Fire TV devices in the UK, France, and Germany, following launches on Android and Samsung TVs  —  Following launches on Android and Samsung TVs  —  TikTok is now available on Fire TV devices in the UK, France, and Germany, the video platform announced today.
Discussion: TikTok
Sarah Butler / The Guardian:
TikTok opens its first pop-up venue in UK, with influencer sessions explaining content creation and sessions for parents to learn about keeping teenagers safe  —  Influencers including Kyle Thomas, Ehiz Ufuah and Poppy O'Toole will offer sessions on creating content
Discussion: @mattnavarra
Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
How Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham, and other Fox News hosts helped elevate vaccine skepticism, once relegated to the fringes, to the conservative mainstream  —  Months after Rupert Murdoch got a Covid-19 dose, one of his network's stars, Tucker Carlson, called a Biden vaccination proposal “the greatest scandal in my lifetime.”
Kate Kaye / Digiday:
Facebook confirms it is delaying a brand safety audit by industry body MRC, after publicly committing to the audit a year ago during an ad boycott  —  Facebook's brand safety audit is postponed.  —  The company promised the Media Rating Council, the industry's decades-old measurement verification body …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Laura McGann and Mark Bauman raise $10M Series A for a new DC-based media company focusing on policy, politics, tech, and more; McGann will be editorial lead  —  Laura McGann, former politics editor of and Politico, and Mark Bauman, previously with the Smithsonian …
Sources: Tucker Carlson is furious with Fox News executives and its PR team for not defending his evidence-free claims that NSA spied on him  —  (CNN Business)Tucker Carlson is furious with Fox News executives for not vigorously defending him amid his evidence-free claims …
Sarah Jackson / Insider:
New York Magazine art critic Jerry Saltz says he refused a $250K deal from Substack, over 2x his current salary, says he doesn't want to write for “subscribers”  —  - Famed New York Magazine art critic Jerry Saltz says he has turned down a $250,000 deal from Substack.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Warner Bros. to give away 91,000 limited-edition NFTs featuring characters from Space Jam: A New Legacy, the biggest drop of NFTs for a film to date  —  The loony-tunes world of digital collectibles known as NFTs is now getting actual Looney Tunes.  —  Warner Bros., in the biggest drop of NFTs …
Discussion: Fast Company and @xpangler
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Katherine Huggins / Mediaite:
During Trump's CPAC Speech on Sunday, Fox News added a disclaimer that “voting system companies have denied the various allegations made by President Trump”
Agence France-Presse:
TV Pirveli, an independent station in Georgia, says a cameraman has died after being badly beaten by far-right assailants during an anti-Pride protest
Associated Press:
News Media Alliance again criticizes Louis DeJoy's plans to raise periodical postal rates by 8%+ on Aug. 29, saying the move will hurt newspapers and the public
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Public Interest News Foundation survey finds 56 of UK's independent publishers earned a combined revenue of less than £5.4m in 2020 despite a reach of 10.1M/mo
 Earlier Picks: 
Julia Ioffe / Tomorrow Will Be Worse:
White House reporters reflect on changes between covering Trump's White House and Biden's: fewer leaks, less drama, but lower ratings and web traffic
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
TV news crews are increasingly threatened with violence on the job: in industry survey, 86% of station managers said they made security changes in the past year
Sahil Patel / The Information:
Sources: Apple has had discussions with NFL execs to buy streaming rights for Sunday Ticket games, which currently air on DirecTV
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
News Corp has shut down its news aggregation service Knewz after just 18 months, citing a lack of profits