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7:00 PM ET, July 27, 2021

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Sahil Patel / The Information:
Vox Media has sold 50 projects, including films and TV series, in the last 15 months to TV networks and to streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon, and Apple  —  “Land of the Giants” is a podcast series from Vox Media's Recode covering the history of tech companies including Amazon and Netflix.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
NBC News says it will add over 200 jobs to strengthen its streaming services and websites, including doubling its digital staff for Today  —  NBCU News Group is adding hundreds of jobs to its digital organization, led by a major investment in streaming as well as in its “TODAY” show brand, executives tell Axios.
Emily Caron / Sportico:
Barstool Sports becomes the sponsor and exclusive broadcast partner of the Arizona Bowl, set for Dec. 31; the game had aired on CBS for several years  —  Barstool Sports is expanding into college football bowl games as both the exclusive title sponsor and broadcast partner of the Arizona Bowl.
Elizabeth Culliford / Reuters:
Facebook's restricting interest-based and web activity ad targeting for users under 18 on its platforms, only allowing segmentation by age, gender, and location  —  (Reuters) - Facebook Inc will stop allowing advertisers to target people under 18 on its platforms based on their interests …
Mark Jacob / Northwestern University's Medill Local News Initiative:
A look at the emerging trend of local investors, especially in smaller US towns, buying news outlets from large chains to reverse decades of disinvestment  —  As chain consolidation brings new uncertainty to an already fluid news landscape, another trend is emerging in which local investors buy news outlets …
Erik Pedersen / Deadline:
PBS leads the nominations for the News & Documentary Emmy Awards, with 52 nominations; CNN is second with 41, CBS with 30, ABC with 22, and Vice with 20  —  PBS leads the nominations for the 42nd annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards, as it usually does, this year scoring 52 noms over last year's 48.
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Daniel Hale, a defense contractor who leaked documents on drone warfare to Intercept's Jeremy Scahill, gets 45 months in prison for violating the Espionage Act  —  In 2013, Daniel Hale was at a peace conference in D.C. when a man recounted how two family members had been killed in a U.S. drone strike.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Q&A with Chuck Todd on Meet the Press' transition from its weekly TV show to a roster of formats, the news landscape, role of the media, and more  —  This week, I'm talking to Chuck Todd, the political director at NBC News and moderator of Meet The Press, the longest-running television show in the country.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube reports $7B in Q2 ad revenue, up 84% YoY from $3.81B, and says its Shorts feature now has 15B global daily views, up from 6.5B in March  —  YouTube accelerated back into high growth for the second quarter of 2021, as ad revenue hit a record $7.0 billion for the period.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter hires the team that built Brief, a subscription-based news summary app founded by former Google employees; the app will wind down July 31  —  Twitter's recent acquisition spree continues today as the company announces it has acqui-hired the team from news aggregator and summary app Brief.
 
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Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Internal email: WaPo will require all employees to show they are vaccinated against COVID-19, starting when workers return to the office, planned for Sept. 13
@forbesunion:
[Thread] Staffers at Forbes vote 67-7 for a union with The NewsGuild of New York in a NLRB election after management failed to voluntarily recognize their union
Samantha Hissong / Rolling Stone:
How music artists are planning to use NFTs and the underlying tech behind them to reinvent industry standards on royalty sharing, event ticketing, and more
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Memo: Louise Story, WSJ's chief news strategist and chief product and technology officer, is leaving WSJ and Dow Jones
Washington Post:
Survey of 20,699 Americans: those who rely on Facebook for COVID-related news are less likely to get vaccinated than average and less likely than Fox viewers
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
US media coverage of the failed January 6 committee shows how political analysis and reporting is still largely trapped in “both sides” framings
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Indigo Olivier / The Nation:
Media unions, including at the Daily Beast, are leading the charge against NDAs by adding provisions in contracts that ban them as a matter of workplace safety
Max Fisher / New York Times:
Analysts and US officials say the disinformation-for-hire industry is booming, as influencers get approached by back-alley firms to spread falsehoods
Alan Rusbridger / Daily Mail:
A new official secrets law proposed by UK government, led by the ex-journalist Boris Johnson, aims to criminalize journalism and undermine freedom of the media