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11:00 AM ET, September 20, 2017


 Top News: 
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
Univision used WhatsApp group chats to distribute news and information during Hurricane Irma and is doing the same for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico  —  Meet your audiences where they are — in Univision's case, preparing to weather a major storm, or evacuating in a car with only a phone in hand.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Report: the cost of distribution rights for every major televised sport in the US is larger than the ad revenue TV channels earn from airing them  —  The cost of distribution rights for every major televised sport in the United States is more than the ad revenue TV channels get from airing those sports …
Discussion: @axios and @craigsilverman
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Comcast says its Watchable business is moving away from original content and streaming app, but hopes to use Watchable streaming tech elsewhere  —  Two years ago, Comcast launched Watchable, a streaming video platform focused on delivering the best of web video.
Julia Fioretti / Reuters:
Twitter removed 300K accounts in first half of '17 for promoting terrorism, a 20% decline from previous six months with 75% suspended before posting first tweet  —  BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) said that its internal controls were allowing it to weed out accounts being used for the …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Interview with Report for America's Charles Sennott on how the project will work, where first partnerships will likely be, training, coverage topics, and more  —  “This was once something that a whole generation of journalists got to do to start their careers.  Sadly, we've seen it disappear.
Catherine York / Poynter:
Sullivan, Sill, Abramson, others on possible reasons why women comprise 2/3 of journalism and communications graduates, yet only one-third of media industry  —  Margaret Sullivan remembered standing in front of a class of Northwestern University journalism students.
Hollywood Reporter:
NFL TV ratings have slid 12-15% in the opening weeks of the season, following an 8% drop last season; analysts and pundits are struggling to explain the decline  —  CBS, ESPN, Fox and NBC will generate about $2.5 billion in NFL advertising revenue this season, but a 10 percent shortfall …
Gregg Kilday / Hollywood Reporter:
Steven Spielberg, chairman of DreamWorks parent Amblin Partners, will assume CEO role as Michael Wright steps down  —  Michael Wright, Amblin Partners' top executive, is stepping down from his role as CEO, the company said Tuesday.  —  “I have always enjoyed working with Michael …
Daniel Holloway / Variety:
Fox says it will stream entertainment programming on Twitter to promote new fall shows, with one comedy, Ghosted, debuting on Twitter before it starts on TV  —  Fox's new comedy series “Ghosted” will debut on Twitter days before its scheduled linear premiere — part of a new partnership between …
Kenneth P. Vogel / New York Times:
How an overheard lunch conversation led to The New York Times story about tensions between White House lawyers  —  WASHINGTON — I have always thought of overhearing conversations as an underappreciated journalistic tool.  —  When political donors, lobbyists and politicians gather at hotels …
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
USA Today loses two business and tech veterans, Roger Yu and Jon Swartz, amid Gannett layoffs  —  USA Today's business and tech news staff is losing two reporters as part of the Gannett company-wide layoffs.  —  Those being cut are:  — Roger Yu, who writes about economics and business policy for USA Today.
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Cory Doctorow / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
EFF says it's resigning from W3C after the standards org voted for browser DRM, a move hostile to archiving, accessibility, security research, more
Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Joe Lindsley mixes fact and fiction in his new self-published book about his time as Roger Ailes' protégé
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Apple Music for Android updated with user profiles, voice command support, Beats 1 app shortcut, recently played widget
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Janko Roettgers / Variety:
YouTube discontinues paid channels initiative and makes $4.99 sponsorship model available to all YouTube Gaming creators and some others via main YouTube app
Jonathan Shieber / TechCrunch:
Herb Scannell, ex-president of BBC Worldwide's North America division, joins Hispanic media company mitú as chief executive
Discussion: Variety and The Wrap
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
As authoritarian tendencies rise in America, shutting down voices like Jemele Hill's is dangerous
Seth Abramovitch / Hollywood Reporter:
Pablo Escobar's brother says he will “close” Netflix's Narcos if the company does not meet his demand for $1B for alleged IP violations