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12:35 PM ET, August 30, 2021


 Top News: 
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Profile of Robert Allbritton, son of a Houston TV mogul and now among the top media investors of the century after Axel Springer agreed to buy Politico for ~$1B  —  From “son of” to mogul in his own right: Robert Allbritton just became the unlikeliest winner of the new media sweepstakes.
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Disney held unsuccessful mediation talks in June with alleged sexual assault victims of ex-ABC News exec Michael Corn, who was pushed out in April  —  Claims surfaced in lawsuit last week against former top producer Michael Corn, who denies the allegations; ABC is also a defendant
Lachlan Cartwright / The Daily Beast:
Sources describe a rift at GMA sparked by a lawsuit revealing Stephanopoulos knew about sexual assault allegations against Corn in '17 but still worked with him  —  Sources said a lawsuit accusing GMA's former executive producer of sexual assault has opened a new rift between the show's hosts …
Discussion: @lachcartwright
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
By constantly engaging with Peter Doocy during press briefings, Biden and Psaki are trying to fight right-wing misinformation while getting airtime on Fox News  —  In a sense, Peter Doocy's arrival in the White House press briefing room has been to his employer's detriment.
Ryan Broderick / Garbage Day:
Digital media, as a business, is broken because outlets are being SPAC'd into vague network blobs publishing the same content, not because people no longer read  —  Thanks for reading Garbage Day!  If you subscribe, you'll get Discord access and bonus content every Thursday.  And it's pretty cheap! $5 a month!
Andrea Wenzel / Poynter:
Report details The Philadelphia Inquirer's work to be inclusive and antiracist after the paper published the infamous “Buildings Matter, Too” headline last year  —  After the infamous ‘Buildings Matter, Too’ headline, the paper launched its ‘Inquirer for All’ project to rebuild to be inclusive and antiracist.
Committee to Protect Journalists:
Q&A with Maria Salazar Ferro, director of CPJ's Emergencies team, on its work to help journalists leave Afghanistan, and on its support of those who remain  —  Since Afghanistan fell under the control of the Taliban, CPJ has been deeply concerned for the safety of hundreds of local journalists and media workers.
Charlotte Klein / Vanity Fair:
How Western news outlets are grappling with how to continue their Afghanistan coverage, amid a chaotic US withdrawal and the departure of many staffers
Pulitzer Prize Office:
Pulitzer Prize Board issues special citation to honor people in Afghanistan who create and support journalism, along with a $100K emergency relief grant
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
How Scarlett Johansson's lawsuit against Disney could change Hollywood dealmaking and entertainment contracts, which traditionally accepted some ambiguity  —  In the past, a little ambiguity in entertainment contracts wasn't necessarily a bad thing, but Disney's reaction to Scarlett Johansson …
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
The Sun pays damages and apologizes to the England cricketer Ben Stokes and his mother, for publishing details of a family tragedy in a 2019 front page story  —  Tabloid apologises to cricketer and his mother and says 2019 article should not have been published
Dan Bilefsky / New York Times:
Profile of Tolo, Afghanistan's largest broadcaster famous for its hard-hitting news, as it plans to broadcast from Europe or the Middle East if it is shut down  —  Tolo came to prominence with hard-hitting news, raucous reality shows and lurid Turkish soap operas.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: ESPN has held talks to license its brand to sports betting companies including Caesars Entertainment and DraftKings, seeking $3B+ over several years  —  Sports-media giant has held talks to license its brand to sportsbooks including Caesars Entertainment and DraftKings
Associated Press:
Belarusian Association of Journalists forced to close in a ruling by the country's supreme court on Friday amid a crackdown including jailing of ~30 journalists  —  KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarus has ordered the closure of the country's largest independent journalists' organization …
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Brett Arends / MarketWatch:
Bari Weiss says her Substack has 14K subs paying $5/month, effectively a yearly gross revenue of $800K+, and her previous job was “really ugly” in retrospect
Michael Harriot / The Root:
Media coverage doesn't single out the behavior of white people as a group, but does so for other races, signaling the persistence of whiteness as a default
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
A look at the numbers behind Apple's reduced 15% commission for its Apple News partners, and how the changes could benefit NYT
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Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
McClatchy is expanding Wednesday and Sunday print editions, hiring more journalists, and improving its e-editions at the Kansas City Star and three other papers
Liena Zagare / Bklyner:
Liena Zagare, the editor and publisher of local news site Bklyner, announces the site will stop publishing on Sept. 10; archives will remain online
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
Vice has another round of layoffs, and sources say the cuts affect Vice Digital and Refinery29 employees in North America, with fewer than 20 let go
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