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7:10 PM ET, August 24, 2021


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Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
News outlets err by posting anecdotal stories with suggestive headlines that can serve as misinfo, as Chicago Tribune did with Facebook's top-viewed story in Q1  —  On Friday, The New York Times had a scoop.  Facebook — that known vector for the spread of kid photos, neighborhood goings-on …
Investigation into the last days of Reuters photojournalist Danish Siddiqui, who was killed in Afghanistan after being left behind in retreat  —  Danish Siddiqui was with soldiers on the front line of an Afghan Special Forces clash with the Taliban.  New reporting, and his last photographs …
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
Some media outlets remain committed to crypto as a revenue source, including Bleacher Report, Decrypt, and Time, which has 20 staff focused on crypto innovation  —  To the naked eye, it looks like media companies' dalliances with NFTs have come to an end.  —  In the early summer months of 2021 …
Erin Woo / New York Times:
TikTok partners with Shopify to launch a pilot program letting merchants add a shopping tab to their profiles and link to products in their posts  —  TikTok and Shopify, the e-commerce platform, said on Tuesday that they were working together to add the ability for consumers to shop directly in the TikTok app for the first time.
Janko Roettgers / Protocol:
Sean Parker's SR Labs, formerly called Screening Room, has quietly built a service to help studios deliver “screener” copies of films to Hollywood awards voters  —  Sean Parker's stealthy startup SR Labs wanted to revolutionize the way consumers watch movies at home.
Discussion: @jank0
Dan Whateley / Insider:
WaPo is hiring a video producer and community manager for its TikTok team as it prepares to expand into formats like live video  —  - The Washington Post is expanding its TikTok team after building a fan base of 1 million followers.  — The company is hiring a producer and community manager …
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Q&A with The NewsGuild president Jon Schleuss about lobbying for bills to save local news outlets, how loss of local news outlets led to the Jan. 6 riot, more  —  As well as anyone, Jon Schleuss makes a compelling case for saving journalism jobs.  —  In an interview, he shared his outlook …
Discussion: @brierdudley
Ryan Deto / Pittsburgh City Paper:
Judge rules that the Pittsburgh Press-Gazette's “editorial” decision to bar a Black reporter from covering BLM isn't protected by the First Amendment  —  In 2020, former Pittsburgh Post-Gazette staffer Alexis Johnson sued her former employer over an alleged civil rights violation carried out by the newspaper.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Groovy Bot, which lets Discord users play music from YouTube videos and other services, is shutting down Aug. 30 after YouTube sent a cease-and-desist notice  —  Google gave the Groovy Bot owners seven days to comply  —  Google-owned YouTube is starting to crack down on Discord music bots.
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Spotify enables subscriptions for all US podcasters using Anchor for episodes on RSS and Spotify, adds pricing options, lets creators download subscriber emails  —  Plus new price tiers and email addresses  —  Spotify is broadening the number of people who can offer subscription podcasts and have their shows play on its service.
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Oliver Darcy / CNN:
NY Post is requiring all employees to wear masks while away from their desks, after peddling anti-mask rhetoric and questioning mask mandates in editorials
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Vox Media is weighing several options to finance its expansion, including a SPAC merger or an IPO; Vox says it is buying drinks website Punch
Zeynep Tufekci / @zeynep:
[Thread] Zeynep Tufekci says her substack will soon turn into a free newsletter for a future book as she joins NYT as an opinion columnist