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5:05 PM ET, August 24, 2021


 Top News: 
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 …
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 …
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
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.
Associated Press:
Hong Kong says it plans to amend a film censorship law to forbid screenings of movies deemed contrary to national security, including previously approved films  —  HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong authorities on Tuesday said they plan to amend a film censorship law to forbid screenings of movies deemed contrary to national security.
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
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Laura Hayes / Washington City Paper:
A look at DC's spot news reporters who chronicle crime via their social media feeds, including DC REALTIME NEWS and Killmoenews, and compete with local TV news
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
Amaris Castillo / Poynter:
Interview with former AP reporter Tamara Lush on her decision to leave journalism and focus on writing fiction, which allowed her “to be a fuller human being”
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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
Katherine Huggins / Mediaite:
CNN, Fox News, WSJ, NYT, WaPo, and others have successfully evacuated journalists from Afghanistan, including freelancers and interpreters