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3:10 PM ET, September 1, 2021


 Top News: 
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
The Associated Press names Julie Pace, its Washington bureau chief, as its new executive editor and senior vice president  —  Julie Pace, The A.P.'s Washington bureau chief, started out wanting to be an international correspondent.  Now she has the top newsroom job.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Media Rating Council suspends Nielsen's national ratings accreditation, which will affect Nielsen ratings starting in mid-September  —  “While we are disappointed that the situation has come to this, we believe these are the proper actions for the MRC to take at this time," said George W. Ivie …
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
Shelley Hepworth / The Guardian:
Salman Rushdie will publish his next book on Substack with new sections coming out approximately once per week over the course of about a year  —  The author on why he's chosen to release his next book on the online platform - and why he hopes digital won't see off the medium he loves most
Oscar Gonzalez / CNET:
Reddit bans r/NoNewNormal, its largest anti-vax subreddit, for harassing other communities, following weeks of user moderators asking Reddit admins to ban it  —  It's also putting 54 other subreddits in quarantine. … Last week, more than a thousand subreddit's posted the same message calling …
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Fox News fails to disclose that Jack Keane, who appeared 33+ times since August 16 to talk about Afghanistan, serves as chairman of Humvee maker AM General  —  Neither Jack Keane nor any of his hosts have brought up the deal his company secured to profit directly from the prolonged engagement in Afghanistan.
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, Reuters and Light Reading
Kait Sanchez / The Verge:
Twitter launches Super Follows for iOS users, allowing a select group of US test users to charge either $2.99, $4.99, or $9.99 per month for their tweets  —  Select users in the US can now charge for tweets  —  Twitter is starting to roll out Super Follows, its new feature that lets users charge for subscriber-only content.
Nicole Carroll / USA Today:
USA Today says its newsroom is now majority female, with women making up 51.7% of all journalists, up from 48.1% in 2020  —  I'm USA TODAY editor-in-chief Nicole Carroll, and this is The Backstory, insights into our biggest stories of the week.  If you'd like to get The Backstory in your inbox every week, sign up here.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
At least four talk radio hosts in the US who had espoused anti-vaccine and anti-mask sentiments succumbed to the virus in August  —  Marc Bernier was adamant: He was not going to get a coronavirus vaccination.  —  “I'm Mr. Anti-Vax,” he told listeners of his talk-radio program in Daytona Beach …
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.
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Sources: UK government's second attempt to appoint Paul Dacre as Ofcom chair is delayed as it can't find credible people willing to interview and approve Dacre  —  Exclusive: Second attempt to make former Daily Mail editor chair of media regulator hits stumbling block
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Matthew Weaver / The Guardian:
Former BBC journalists in Afghanistan say the BBC and UK embassy ignored their pleas for help; BBC says it is unable to support former BBC workers
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
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
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
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
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