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5:25 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.
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 …
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.
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  —  Workers in the industry argue that nondisclosure agreements are a matter of workplace safety, making them “mandatory subjects of bargaining.”
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.
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 …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK's Reach says it will employ more journalists than at any point in the last decade by the end of 2021 and commits an extra ~$27M to tech and data projects  —  Reach now employs more journalists than it did in 2019, despite hundreds of jobs lost in a restructuring programme last year.
Discussion: @pressgazette
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Facebook partners with Meedan, a non-profit tech company, to give training on vaccine and health misinformation to its 80+ fact-checking partners  —  Facebook is partnering with a global tech non-profit called Meedan to give its 80+ fact-checking partner organizations access to training …
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  —  Biden said social media companies are ‘killing people’ by spreading vaccine misinformation  —  The White House has been sharply critical …
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  —  In late May, over the Memorial Day weekend, the top story on NBC's Meet the Press was a recent vote by Republican senators to kill …
 
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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
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
Discussion: The Verge
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
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
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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
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Analysis: of the 20 largest US newspapers, only seven are now led by a white man while 12 are led by a woman, a POC, or both, and one top job is vacant