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9:45 PM ET, August 12, 2022


 Top News: 
Stephen Proctor / Yahoo Entertainment:
Fox News' Brian Kilmeade showed on air an altered image depicting the judge who signed off on the Mar-a-Lago search grafted over an image of Jeffrey Epstein  —  On Thursday's Tucker Carlson Tonight, guest host Brian Kilmeade showed a clearly photoshopped image of U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart …
Jeremy Bailey / The Wrap:
Brian Kilmeade clarifies that Fox News aired a fake altered image of the judge who approved the Mar-a-Lago search, saying that “we were showing a meme in jest”
Brian Welk / The Wrap:
Jeffrey Toobin leaves CNN after 20 years as a legal analyst and writer; CNN placed Toobin on leave in 2020 after he acknowledged exposing himself on a Zoom call  —  “We are grateful for Jeffrey's contributions to the network over the years and wish him all the best in his future endeavors,” a CNN spokesperson says
Salvador Rodriguez / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: before ATT, Apple and Meta discussed revenue-sharing deals, such as Apple taking a cut of “boosted posts” via IAP and an ad-free, Facebook subscription  —  The two tech giants discussed revenue-sharing arrangements, including a potential ad-free, subscription version of Facebook
Angela Fu / Poynter:
At least 20 Gannett newspapers executed layoffs on Friday, after dismal Q2 earnings; the NewsGuild has called on Gannett to cut executive pay instead of jobs  —  At least 20 papers across the country have been affected.  It is unclear how many employees were let go
The NewsGuild:
Hundreds of Gannett newsroom employees protested for better pay and fewer cuts, reacting to management threatening layoffs due to the company's Q2 financials
Wall Street Journal:
Jessica E. Lessin / The Information:
The Information hires Karl Wells, formerly Dow Jones' chief subscriptions officer, as its first chief commercial officer, to grow revenue  —  It's been a busy few months at The Information.  Our newsroom has been leading the narrative in coverage, from our early reporting on Netflix's dramatic move …
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
Charter plans to shut down Spectrum Originals, after launching the original scripted content initiative in 2019, amid increased production costs and competition  —  EXCLUSIVE: Charter Communications is getting out of the original programming business.  The decision to shut down Spectrum Originals comes …
Discussion: Variety, Axios, @deadline, Next TV and TVLine
Marketing Brew:
The Los Angeles Times, Vanity Fair, and others juice traffic by buying ads in the mobile game Subway Surfers, which offers rewards for viewing ads or articles  —  We played Subway Surfers for three weeks.  Of 365 ads, 124 were articles from 26 different publishers.
Hamish McKenzie / On Substack:
Substack's Hamish McKenzie changes his title from COO to Chief Writing Officer to signal the company's respect for writers and says “I'll be writing a lot more”  —  The first job title I've ever taken seriously … Audio playback is not supported on your browser.  Please upgrade.
James Anderson / Nieman Lab:
A look at The Kansas City Defender, which has one full-time staffer, two part-timers, five interns, and four freelancers, rooted in abolitionist press tradition  —  Most news outlets don't organize basketball park takeovers.  The Kansas City Defender is not like most outlets.
Washington Post:
Journalists juggle the news value of ransomware attacks with the knowledge that ransomware gangs lie and use stories to recruit and pressure victims into paying  —  Welcome to The Cybersecurity 202!  Please enjoy this navel-gazing edition.  —  Below: A jury convicts an ex-Twitter employee for spying …
Steven Perlberg / Insider:
Editor-in-Chief Sumi Aggarwal and COO Annie Chabel are leaving the Center for Investigative Reporting and Reveal, a month after 10 of 68 employees were cut  —  - Editor-in-Chief Sumi Aggarwal and Chief Operating Officer Annie Chabel are leaving CIR and Reveal, its award-winning radio program.
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Financial Times:
A look at livestreamed e-commerce, already mature and established in China, which TikTok, YouTube, Meta, Amazon, and others want to bring to the US and Europe
Nieman Lab:
A look at the pros and cons of Canada's Online News Act, which could be made more inclusive but has greater transparency than Australia's news bargaining bill
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Fox Entertainment plans to expand its free, ad-supported streaming service Tubi to Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Panama later in August 2022
Discussion: MediaPost
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Scott Deveau / Bloomberg:
Activist investor ValueAct Capital takes a 7% stake in The New York Times and urges an aggressive rollout of subscriber-only bundles; NYT's stock jumps 10%+
Twitter outlines its Civic Integrity Policy ahead of the US midterm elections, including state-specific hubs featuring local news and better account protections
Jason Nelson / Decrypt:
Mailchimp cracks down on newsletters from crypto-related content creators, suspending the accounts of crypto wallet Edge, intelligence firm Messari, and Decrypt
Asif Shahzad / Reuters:
Pakistan's interior minister says TV channel ARY TV will face sedition charges for airing comments made by an adviser of former Prime Minister Imran Khan