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9:00 AM ET, July 7, 2019

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Mitchell Armentrout / Chicago Sun-Times:
The Chicago Defender, a 114-year-old African American paper, will stop publishing its print edition and become online-only starting July 11  —  The storied African American newspaper will switch to a digital-only platform starting July 11.  —  The Chicago Defender, the storied African American newspaper …
Priyanka Borpujari / Columbia Journalism Review:
Problems local reporters face when dealing with Western news orgs, who often see them merely as “fixers”, could be addressed by crediting them with a co-byline  —  In April, Neha Dixit, a journalist in India, received an email from a professor at Northwestern University.
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
The Economist made 59% of its £333.4M in revenue from subscriptions and circulation in 2018; in May, newsletter referral traffic overtook Twitter referrals  —  When it comes to content, The Economist takes the view that value trumps volume, a view that extends to its email newsletters.
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Nicholas Quah / Nieman Lab:
Interview with Wondery CEO Hernan Lopez on the importance of having a hit podcast, international expansion, borrowing from the Hollywood production model, more  —  Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts.  This is issue 216, dated July 2, 2019.  —  Wondery raises $10 million in Series B funding.
Discussion: @niemanlab and @niemanlab
Committee to Protect Journalists:
Moroccan journalists discuss digital surveillance, wiretapping, and harassment by the government, driving some to leave the country or the profession  —  In March 2015, Hicham Mansouri emailed an anti-malware company, suspicious of possible signs that someone was able to access his device remotely, without permission.
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
UK data protection issues guidance on use of cookies, banning “tracking walls” and implied consent for non-essential cookies, including ones for analytics  —  This week U.K data protection authority the Information Commissioner's Office issued a blunt reminder of how cookies …
Reuters:
French pay-TV channel Canal Plus to cut 500 jobs, or 18% of its workforce, through voluntary departures as it loses to competitors like Netflix and beIN Sports  —  PARIS (Reuters) - Vivendi's pay-TV Canal Plus plans to cut 500 jobs in France, or nearly 18 percent of its staff in the country …
Discussion: Broadband TV News
 
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John McCarthy / The Drum:
Ofcom report: UK commercial TV and radio revenues stayed flat at £11.3B and £572M, respectively, but revenue sources shifted to make up for falling ad revenue
Doha Chams / Medium:
A look at the money and people behind The Independent Arabia, licensed from the UK British daily to Saudi billionaire Soltan Mohamed Abuljadayel
Nishant Lalwani / The Guardian:
BBC Media Action and Pierre Omidyar's Luminate to call for a $1B/year “International Fund for Public Interest Media” at next week's conference on media freedom
Karlene Lukovitz / MediaPost:
Comscore report: in March, 69.9M US homes had DVRs and 64.1M had smart TVs; monthly viewing hours on smart TVs hit 5.5B, vs. 4.6B for DVRs
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Jason Gurwin / The Streamable:
Some TV stations including WKRN in Nashville and KXAN in Austin have disappeared from DirecTV, DirecTV Now, and U-Verse due to an AT&T-Nexstar carriage dispute
The Economic Times:
Sources: Comcast-led consortium is in negotiations to buy a stake in Zee Media, one of India's biggest media companies
Discussion: Livemint, cnbctv18.com and The Week
Hollywood Reporter:
MAD Magazine will stop creating new content after issue 10, except for end-of-year specials, and shift to previously published material with new covers