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9:30 AM ET, September 1, 2021


 Top News: 
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Amid the chaos and dysfunction at the Kabul airport, the Biden administration left behind 100+ USAGM employees, plus their families and contractors  —  Now that the U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan is complete, many stories of heroic efforts to save Americans and Afghan allies are pouring out …
Joel Simon / Wall Street Journal:
The Biden administration pledged to support press freedom around the world, but so far has failed the test in Afghanistan  —  Joe Biden pledged to support press freedom, but so far he hasn't followed through on his promises.  —  The Biden administration came to power pledging to put human rights …
Patience Haggin / Wall Street Journal:
NYT is adding a paywall to Wirecutter, starting after users read 10 stories/month, charging $5/month or $40/year but free for NYT premium digital subscribers  —  Site will be available for $5 every four weeks or as part of a Times premium bundle  —  New York Times Co. plans to put …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
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.
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  —  Brands will have to adjust ad campaigns when video format leaves the platform after September  —  LinkedIn is telling advertisers to prepare for the end …
Tom Horton / London Evening Standard:
UK government launches a consultation on new rules that would make streaming services subject to the same standards as traditional broadcasters  —  Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said the Government is looking to introduce ‘proportionate’ new rules.  —  N
Discussion: GOV.UK, Light Reading and Reuters
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  —  Amazon is investing heavily in a new live audio feature that's similar to other live audio offerings like Clubhouse, Twitter Spaces and Spotify's new live audio platform, sources tell Axios.
Elizabeth A. Harris / New York Times:
Conflicts over race, culture, and inclusion have roiled the Romance Writers of America and other groups devoted to books and literature  —  Conflicts over race, culture and inclusion have roiled the Romance Writers of America, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and other groups devoted to books and literature.
Ash Parrish / The Verge:
Streamers organize #ADayOffTwitch walkout to bring awareness to the recent increase of “hate raids”, and say Twitch isn't taking the issue seriously enough  —  On Wednesday, September 1st, a number of channels on Twitch will go dark as streamers participate in #ADayOffTwitch …
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Michael Schneider / Variety:
HFPA announces the election of 12 members to its expanded board of directors, including 5 members who have never served on the board
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Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
United Talent Agency signs NFT art projects CryptoPunks, Meebits, and Autoglyphs, all created by Larva Labs, for representation across film, TV, games, and more
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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
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
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%
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
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