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8:25 AM ET, July 30, 2021

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Wall Street Journal:
Scarlett Johansson sues Disney for breach of contract over concurrent release of Black Widow to Disney+ and theaters; source: release could cost Johansson $50M+  —  Star alleges simultaneous release of the latest Marvel movie in theaters and on Disney+ service was a breach of contract
Wall Street Journal:
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell says he is pulling ads from Fox News after Fox rejected an ad for a symposium that would “prove” the 2020 election was stolen  —  Mike Lindell, CEO of MyPillow, says Fox News refused to run ad promoting an event linked to claims of widespread election fraud
Kelly McBride / NPR:
New NPR ethics policy ends a blanket ban on journalists participating in marches or rallies, but in practice requires them to discuss specific cases with bosses  —  NPR rolled out a substantial update to its ethics policy earlier this month, expressly stating that journalists may participate …
The Wrap:
NBCU's Peacock has 54M total signups, up from 42M at the end of March, 20M monthly active users, and is planning a European expansion via Sky  —  Peacock has reached 54 million signups to-date, NBCUniversal's parent company Comcast revealed Thursday morning in its Q2 2021 earnings release.
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The Guardian:
News Corp Australia's Daily Telegraph ended a regular column from broadcaster Alan Jones, amid controversy over his COVID-19 and anti-lockdown comments  —  Veteran broadcaster rejects claims he ‘no longer resonates with readers’  —  The Daily Telegraph has ended Alan Jones's regular column amid controversy …
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
The Bowie Blade-News, a 41-year-old weekly paper near Washington, DC, closed Thursday, 2 months after Alden Global Capital bought its parent, Tribune Publishing  —  Since Alden Global Capital bought the Tribune Publishing newspaper chain, newsrooms have shrunk and a Maryland weekly has shut down.
Dan Kennedy / WGBH.org:
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma shares a guide to help journalists with trauma-related stories, including using phrases like “triggered” and “PTSD”  —  And what does “retraumatizing” mean, anyway?  You won't get PTSD reading this story, because when you're done …
Max Willens / Digiday:
Substack buys Letter, a startup that allows people to send public notes to one another, to help Substack authors collaborate  —  Digiday has learned that the publishing platform has acquired Letter, a kind of public correspondence startup founded by Dayne and Clyde Rathbone.
Michael King / The Streamable:
Dish and WarnerMedia end a two-and-a-half-year TV carriage dispute, bringing HBO and Cinemax back to Dish TV; Dish customers can also get a discount for HBO Max  —  It looks like at long last, HBO and Cinemax are coming back to Dish.  —  A tweet from the Dish Answers account …
 
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Jacob Borg / Times of Malta:
Public inquiry into the murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia finds the state should be held responsible as it fostered a culture of impunity
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Australia's Pedestrian Group has launched Refinery29 in Australia and New Zealand; the site is partnering with Getty Images to create stock photo libraries
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Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
Netflix will now require COVID-19 vaccinations for the casts of all US productions and for those who come into contact with the casts, with rare exceptions
CBSSports.com:
College Big 12 conference commissioner says ESPN is luring member colleges to other conferences, demands ESPN cease and desist; ESPN says claims have no merit
Stephanie Condon / ZDNet:
Facebook says Q2 ad revenue was $28.58B, up 56% YoY, with average price per ad up 47% YoY and a 6% YoY increase in ads delivered
Leah Finnegan / Gawker:
Gawker, now owned by Bustle, relaunches with Leah Finnegan as editor-in-chief