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3:05 AM ET, September 18, 2020


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Media Matters for America:
Joe Rogan pushed the debunked conspiracy theory that “left-wing people” are starting forest fires in Portland during his podcast on Thursday  —  On the September 17 edition of his podcast, host Joe Rogan pushed the baseless conspiracy theory that “left-wing people” are “lighting forest fires” on the West Coast.
Keziah Weir / Vanity Fair:
A deep look at Skyhorse Publishing, literary home to Michael Cohen, Woody Allen, and Alan Dershowitz; ex-employees talk of mismanagement and a toxic workplace  —  Skyhorse Publishing, literary home to Michael Cohen, Woody Allen, and Alan Dershowitz, has struggled with bigger problems than a roster of political unsavories.
Jem Collins / Women In Journalism:
Study of UK media diversity over one week finds none of 11 major newspapers featured a Black reporter on the front page, 25% of front page bylines went to women  —  In the aftermath of the death of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter protests, all parts of the media have promised to become …
Washington Post:
Interviews and emails show American University officials repeatedly stopped a manager at public radio station WAMU from firing a staffer accused of harassment  —  In 2016, public radio station manager J.J. Yore made repeated attempts to get rid of an employee he suspected was a serial sexual harasser.
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
A survey of 14k people in 7 countries looks at how people view the motives of news media covering the pandemic; only in the US is the issue profoundly partisan  —  A new study looks at how people in seven countries view the motives of the news media in covering the pandemic.
Discussion: @mic_global and @jbenton
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
Mountain State Spotlight, with three veteran journalists as co-founders, launches with help from American Journalism Project, ProPublica, and Report for America  —  “In my experience in legacy media, the answer was to throw your hands in the air and say, 'There's not much we can do.' Well, I don't find that acceptable.
The Batman has resumed production just outside of London after halting on Sept. 3, when one report said star Robert Pattinson had tested positive for COVID-19  —  “The Batman” is going back to work. … The studio has never confirmed the identity of the person with the positive test …
Ben Monnie / The Keyword:
Google launches the free GNI Digital Growth Program, aimed at helping small and mid-sized publishers grow online, with help from INMA, FT Strategies, and others  —  Since launching the Google News Initiative in 2018, we've worked with news organizations of all sizes as they've adapted …
Tom Gara / @tomgara:
[Thread] Tom Gara, formerly business and opinion editor at BuzzFeed News, has joined Facebook in the office of its CTO to write about AI, virtual reality, more  —  Some personal news: this week I started a new job, and it's a huge career shift for me after almost 15 years in journalism: I'm working at Facebook, in the office of its CTO, Mike Schroepfer, aka @schrep
Sara Fischer / Axios:
As part of its Vote For Your Life campaign, MTV says it will pay for printing and mailing ballot applications for voters through October 6  —  MTV will pay for the printing and postage of any ballot application requested through websites linked to its new voter initiative campaign, network executives tell Axios.
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
Insider is launching a news bureau in Singapore with four reporters and a salesperson; ~10% of its audience, or ~22M MAUs, is in the Asian Pacific Region  —  While a number of publishers have curbed their international expansion visions, Insider Inc. is plowing on full steam ahead.
Discussion: @jim_edwards
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK's Telegraph Media Group says profits grew 73% YoY to £14.3M in 2019 on revenue of £263.9M, down 5% YoY; digital subscription revenue grew 48.9% YoY to £17.8M
Discussion: Telegraph and CityAM
Naman Ramachandran / Variety:
UK reveals rules for its £500M film and TV production restart program, which is designed to help productions suspended by pandemic or unable to secure insurance
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J. Clara Chan / The Wrap:
California public radio station KCRW cut 28 jobs through buyouts and layoffs in the face of a 30% loss to its operating budget, despite help from PPP loan
Max Willens / Digiday:
A look at Red Ventures, which bought CNET Media Group, and its portfolio of 100+ sites like The Points Guy that primarily make money from affiliate commissions
Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
Facebook and Instagram place warnings on a video from Tucker Carlson Tonight that fact checkers say repeats false COVID-19 information