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3:20 PM ET, August 31, 2021

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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Source: Facebook plans to downrank current events content and political posts in the News Feed, which could reduce traffic to some news publishers  —  Facebook plans to announce that it will de-emphasize political posts and current events content in the News Feed based on negative user feedback, Axios has learned.
Newmark J-School:
Sarah Bartlett, dean of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, to retire next June after nearly nine years in the role  —  - HOME- / - STUDENT- / - SARAH BARTLETT TO STEP DOWN AS NEWMARK J-SCHOOL DEAN  —  Sarah Bartlett, dean of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism …
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
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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
Pew Research Center:
Partisan divide in US media trust widened in the past 5 years, as the percentage of Republicans with trust in national media dropped from 70% in 2016 to 35% now  —  In just five years, the percentage of Republicans with at least some trust in national news organizations has been cut in half - dropping from 70% in 2016 to 35% this year.
Micah Singleton / Billboard:
Apple acquires classical music streaming service Primephonic, giving users six free months of Apple Music, and will launch its own classical music app in 2022  —  Apple has acquired Primephonic, the classical music streaming service, for an undisclosed amount, the company tells Billboard.
Sara Guaglione / Digiday:
Outlets like Quartz and LAT are fighting subscription fatigue by hiring retention experts, analyzing reader habits, and investing in new forms of content  —  For all of last year's business challenges, publishers' focus on subscriber acquisition worked.  —  In 2020, subscription revenue …
Discussion: @risj_oxford
Emily Atkin / HEATED:
Activists launch a campaign to pressure NYT to stop creating and running fossil fuel ads, as NYT staff say the practice undermines its own climate reporting  —  As climate disasters devastate America, activists aren't the only ones wondering why the paper of record is still advertising fossil fuels.
Jessica Toonkel / The Information:
Sources: Vice Media is raising $85M from existing investors since SPAC talks have ended; as part of the deal, co-founder Shane Smith is giving up voting control  —  Vice Media is raising over $85 million in fresh capital from existing investors, as talks to go public via a special purpose acquisition company …
Karlene Lukovitz / MediaPost:
FreeWheel: premium video ad views in the US jumped 50% YoY in H1 2021, with connected TV accounting for 60% of those views and set-top box VOD generating 15%  —  Premium video ad views in the U.S. jumped 50% in this year's first half compared to first-half 2020 — and connected TV (CTV) …
Anousha Sakoui / Los Angeles Times:
Hollywood production workers complain about burnout, with some working 18-hour days due to soaring demand for content from new streaming services  —  Last month, Ben Gottlieb, a 27-year-old set lighting technician, wanted to show his support for his union's campaign to improve working conditions …
 
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Jay Cridlin / Tampa Bay Times:
Tampa Bay Times sells its printing plant to Alden's real estate subsidiary for $21M in a “real estate deal, not a newspaper deal”, eliminating ~75% of its debt
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Garett Sloane / Ad Age:
LinkedIn is abandoning its Stories format at the end of September and has told advertisers to adjust their ad campaigns accordingly
Naman Ramachandran / Variety:
HBO Max will launch in Spain and the Nordics in the fall, and in Portugal and Central and Eastern Europe in 2022
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sources: Amazon is developing a live audio feature, led by its Music division, with a focus on live music and potentially radio and podcasts
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
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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
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
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
 

 
From Techmeme:

Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Current and former T-Mobile and Verizon employees say they are receiving texts offering up to $300 to perform a SIM swap; T-Mobile says it is investigating

Connor Jones / The Register:
UnitedHealth says the February ransomware attack on Change Healthcare cost the company $872M in Q1; another ransomware group appears to be extorting the company

Priya Anand / Bloomberg:
Sensor Tower: Naval Ravikant and Brian Norgard's audio-focused invitation-only social app Airchat has been downloaded 30K+ times since its relaunch this month

 
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