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5:45 AM ET, July 25, 2016


 Top News: 
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Politico admits reporter Kenneth Vogel made a mistake sending advance copy of article to DNC, emphasizes no substantive changes were made before publication  —  No substantive changes were made to the piece, though the arrangement has prompted criticism from the RNC and prominent conservatives.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Leaked emails show that CNN political commentator Maria Cardona shared a draft op-ed with DNC before she submitted it  —  On May 18, published a pro-Hillary Clinton op-ed by Maria Cardona, a CNN political commentator.  Titled “Why Sanders must take the high road,” …
Hadas Gold / Politico:
CNN and Donna Brazile mutually agree to suspend contributor contract as she steps in as interim chair of the Democratic National Committee  —  CNN has suspended Donna Brazile's contributor agreement as she takes the reins of the Democratic National Committee.
Oliver Darcy / Business Insider:
Leaked emails reveal Politico reporter Kenneth Vogel made agreement to send copy of Clinton story to DNC before publication  —  An influential reporter at Politico made an apparent “agreement” with the Democratic National Committee to let it review a story about Hillary Clinton's fundraising machine …
New York Times:
Interviews with about a dozen current and former Fox News employees show sexual harassment and intimidation went beyond Ailes  —  In 2006, after nearly a decade at CNN, Rudi Bakhtiar came to the Fox News Channel's headquarters in New York with a command of foreign policy …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Sources: Roger Ailes is working on long-rumored autobiography; his Fox exit deal includes non-compete and non-disparagement clauses  —  Ousted Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes is writing a book.  —  Ailes has not spoken publicly since Thursday, when he resigned from Fox amid allegations of sexual harassment.
Discussion: The Wrap and Mediaite
Washington Post:
The fall of Roger Ailes: he built Fox News while fostering a boorish, tough-guy culture, and now 25 women are telling their stories, stretching back 5 decades  —  One day in early June, an embattled but determined news anchor, a public relations man and a group of attorneys settled …
Isaac Chotiner / Slate:
Q&A with Ailes' biographer Gabriel Sherman on the Murdoch family internal debates, a history of sexual harassment at Fox News, and the network's future
Kara Swisher / Recode:
Sources: Yahoo informs others that Verizon has won the bidding process; $5B deal expected to be announced by Monday  —  Verizon and Yahoo are set to announce that they are striking an acquisition deal, according to sources close to the situation.  The news is expected by Monday, although that could come earlier or later.
New York Magazine:
In a year filled with doubts about the media, interviews with over 40 journalists show industry's greatest faults, most pressing challenges, and some optimism  —  BY THE MEDIA.  —  For decades, the pollsters at Gallup have been asking Americans if they trust their media.
New York Magazine:
Responses from 113 journalists on the state of media, covering broad range of topics including public distrust, business models, and the impact of social media  —  The notion of authority and accountability has been eroded by internet journalism which allows anybody to write anything.
Jennifer Maloney / Wall Street Journal:
Publishers are pouring more resources into the production of audiobooks after seeing sales grow 21% in the US and Canada in 2015  —  Smartphones and multitasking have stoked an explosion in audiobooks.  Publishers, spotting a juggernaut, are expanding their offerings and enlisting star narrators.
Discussion: @raju, @nadiasdaly and Publishers Lunch
John Gapper / Financial Times:
Guardian Media Group to report full-year operating loss of £69M on Wednesday; jobs cuts exceeded target of 250 with 70 journalists taking voluntary redundancy  —  Guardian Media Group will this week reveal a higher than expected full-year operating loss of £69m as the owner …
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Jemma Brackebush / Digiday:
Zenith research: global internet ad spending will overtake TV in 2017, with 36% of market share versus TV's 35%
Discussion: @raju
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
Q&A with Gannett Chief Content Officer Joanne Lipman on increasing video views, expanding virtual reality skills, and connecting USA Today to local news outlets
Discussion: Motherboard
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Guardian confirms it is reducing media coverage in print from two pages to one on Mondays; insiders expect less online coverage too
Micah Lee / The Intercept:
Edward Snowden and hacker Andrew Huang present designs for a device to monitor whether your iPhone's radios are transmitting when they are supposed to be off
Marc Schneider / Billboard:
Neil Young's Pono music store goes offline for several weeks as it switches from audio provider Omnifone to 7digital
Discussion: TechCrunch and Recode