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5:25 PM ET, July 26, 2021


 Top News: 
Lauren Harris / Columbia Journalism Review:
Q&A with the co-founders of Local Live(s), a live storytelling project that worked with six US newsrooms last year, on humanizing reporters through live events  —  The Local Live(s) project launched amid the pandemic, partnering with newsrooms to host live online events in which journalists talk about their work.
A look at the sharp divide in journalism in the US: journalists covering national politics and tech on the coasts prosper while local outlets continue to shrink  —  There's a sharp divide in American journalism between haves and have-nots.  While national journalists covering tech and politics …
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Sources: Universal Pictures has teamed up with Peacock on a $400M deal for a new Exorcist trilogy  —  The deal, expected to be announced this week, is for more than $400 million and is a direct response to the streaming giants who are upending the film industry's economics.
Wall Street Journal:
NBC says the opening ceremony of Tokyo Olympics drew a combined audience of 17M across broadcast and streaming in the US, down ~36% from the 2016 Games  —  Tokyo's kickoff came a year late and without fans because of the Covid-19 pandemic  —  The kickoff of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo drew …
The Daily Beast:
Futurism, the tech and culture outlet previously owned by Singularity University, is acquired by Recurrent Ventures, which bought MEL magazine last month  —  The buyer, Recurrent Ventures, has recently scooped up other popular niche outlets like MEL, Popular Science, Outdoor Life, and more.
Alan Rusbridger, the former EIC of the Guardian, has been appointed as the next editor of monthly current affairs magazine Prospect  —  The former editor-in-chief of the Guardian, Alan Rusbridger, has been appointed the next editor of Prospect, the monthly magazine which is a must-read …
Milly Martin /
Tortoise, the slow news publication started in 2019, says it now has 110,000 members, with half of new members coming from member referrals  —  The member-centred approach at Tortoise helped readers to feel connected and empowered against the backdrop of loneliness and gloom
Theo Wayt / New York Post:
Now-deleted job posts for neighborhood watch app Citizen showed it offered to pay people $25/hour in NYC and LA to livestream crime scenes and other emergencies  —  Want to make $200 a day in New York City?  Rush to the scene of a murder, a three-alarm fire or a traffic accident — then pull out your phone and start shooting.
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
How Joe and Anthony Russo turned franchise development into a science, creating universes of film, TV, and more for paid streaming services' growing appetites  —  Joe and Anthony Russo went from making movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to creating their own worlds.  Amazon's Citadel will test their vision.
Discussion: @lucas_shaw and @lucas_shaw
The Daily Beast:
Tanzina Vega, the host of a popular WNYC news show The Takeaway, leaves amid HR complaints against her; Melissa Harris Perry will take over as interim host  —  “After three years, I've decided to leave the show,” Vega confirmed Friday on Twitter.  —  The host of a popular …
Helen Davidson / The Guardian:
Foreign journalists, including from LA Times, DW, and BBC, have faced hostile confrontations in the streets while reporting on the aftermath of China's floods  —  Reporters confronted in street and accused of ‘smearing China’ amid increasing sensitivity to any negative portrayals of China
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Helen Lewis / The Atlantic:
The rise of opinion and pushback on “objectivity” in US journalism may make politics a more common career path for journalists, like in the UK
Angela Fu / Poynter:
Analysis of 47 newsroom union units finds first contract negotiations average ~18 months and voluntary recognition doesn't seem to shorten negotiations
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
How the media is covering the Olympics, as COVID restrictions limit reporters' access to events and athletes and the absence of spectators dampen the atmosphere
Joanna Tan / CNBC:
China's antitrust authorities order Tencent Music to end its exclusive music licensing deals with global record labels within 30 days and impose a fine of ~$77K
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Outbrain closes flat on its first day of trading, after raising $160M in its IPO at a valuation of $1.25B
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
The couple behind EcommerceBytes has sued eBay and ex-CEO Devin Wenig, as some members of eBay's security team face criminal charges for targeting them
Martin Matishak / The Record:
Sources: an NSA review finds no evidence for Tucker Carlson's claims the agency spied on him; Carlson's name was “unmasked” after third parties mentioned it