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12:15 PM ET, July 19, 2019

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New York Post:
Sources: GateHouse Media, owned by Fortress Investment Group, is nearing a deal to buy Gannett, which would create the biggest newspaper chain in the US  —  GateHouse Media and its publicly traded publisher New Media Investment Group is deep in talks to buy USA Today owner Gannett …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
BuzzFeed to stage its first live event, a free, invite-only, unsponsored show with musicians and influencers on July 25 in NYC, plans ticketed events later  —  BuzzFeed is going IRL by staging its first live event — a variety-style show in New York it's billing as an in-real-life version of scrolling through your social feed.
Discussion: Tubefilter
Jennifer Miller / New York Times:
As podcast service Blubrry says there are now over 700,000 podcasts, with 2,000 to 3,000 launching every month, a look at whether we have reached “peak podcast”  —  If past experience (cough, blogs) is any indication, a shakeout is nigh.  —  In 2016, Morgan Mandriota and Lester Lee …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Documents show phone calls among Michael Cohen, Hope Hicks, and AMI's David Pecker and Dylan Howard as Stormy Daniels' claims emerged; Trump was on some calls  —  President Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen is in jail today, having pleaded guilty last year to violating a number of federal laws.
Megan Cassidy / San Francisco Chronicle:
A San Francisco judge quashes warrant used by SFPD to conduct surveillance on journalist Bryan Carmody's phone, essentially barring the use of evidence obtained  —  A judge on Thursday quashed a search warrant used by San Francisco police to conduct surveillance on a journalist's phone …
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
McClatchy-grown, Google-funded Compass Experiment, a project to build new local news sites, selects Youngstown, OH as its first site with four local journalists  —  Youngstown, Ohio has become kind the beat-up poster child for industrial decline, the opioid crisis, the Trump phenomenon, and, most recently, the loss of local journalism.
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Time Magazine to run a sponsored cover for its July 29 issue, the third time since 2014  —  Time magazine is running a sponsored cover on the issue dated July 29 celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon, marking a rare commercial intrusion onto a cover of the venerable magazine.
Linh Ta / Des Moines Register:
Meredith partners with NYT for six NYT-branded special edition magazines highlighting significant historical and culture events, with the first issue on July 26  —  Meredith Corp. and The New York Times Co. are collaborating to produce a series of special edition magazines, according to a news release from Meredith.
Discussion: PR Newswire and MediaPost
Matthew Moore / The Times & The Sunday Times:
BBC director-general says BBC may switch to an opt-in voluntary subscription model once the compulsory license fee system expires in 2027  —  The BBC could switch away from the licence fee to a Netflix-style voluntary subscription model, the director-general acknowledged yesterday.
Discussion: @jayrosen_nyu
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Huffpost UK to open Huffpost Centre for Journalism at Birmingham City University, offering tutorials, events, and experience for journalism students  —  Huffpost UK is partnering with Birmingham City University to set up a centre for journalism within the university's media department …
Charlie Deitch / Pittsburgh Current:
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to phase out print operations and become digital only; from September 30, the print version will only run Thursday, Friday, Sunday  —  The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette will eliminate its entire print product in a move to become an all-digital publication, according to a letter obtained by the Current.
 
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
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Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Sources: G/O Media CEO Jim Spanfeller is out of touch with the company's editorial voice and current media practices as he pushes listicles and programmatic ads