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12:05 AM ET, July 22, 2019


 Top News: 
Mark Di Stefano / BuzzFeed:
Inside the debate at BBC on how to describe Trump's tweets about the “squad” and why its anchors refrained from calling them racist while some reporters did not  —  “Our role is to be the platform on which the British people will have the argument.  I don't want us to be sucked in by the Twitter mob."
Columbia Journalism Review:
Report for America president responds to Tow Center assessment, recognizing need for more awareness of RFA and questioning if local candidates are always best  —  In May, CJR published a report from the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, entitled, 'Can Report for America build trust in local news?
Janet Steele / Columbia Journalism Review:
Reporting on a politician's alleged gay sex tape in Malaysia creates difficulties for Muslim journalists trying to work within the rules of their religion  —  For the past six weeks, Malaysians have been mesmerized by a series of shocking sex videos.  The video clips, which started circulating …
Interview with Olaf Steenfadt, the director of RSF's Journalism Trust Initiative, which aims to define indicators for trustworthy journalism  —  The initiatives to stop the spread of disinformation abound, but the phenomenon continues to rise.  It not only undermines journalism …
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Study participants evaluating only uncivil comments reported lower trust in news and greater emotional toll than those working on a mix of comments  —  Moderating the online world is hard.  (Casey Newton's investigations at The Verge, looking into the quality of life of contractors tasked …
Melynda Fuller / MediaPost:
Teen magazine Seventeen reports 1.5M YouTube channel subscribers, with increases of 404% YoY in watch time and 205% YoY in views, and 9M unique monthly visitors  —  Last year, Seventeen stopped regular publication of its print magazine to focus on its digital properties and quarterly standalone issues.
Lydia Morrish / First Draft:
A look at the ethics of monitoring social media and how it can cross into surveillance, and the need for stronger guidelines to avoid compromising privacy  —  This post has been updated to acknowledge earlier writings on the subject that we felt should be attributed.
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
NYT Obits uses a statistical tool to “achieve a yearly 30% representation of women”, according to internal docs, though section editor says it's aspirational  —  The Times is using an “Obits Diversity Analysis Tool,” which monitors obituary subjects' genders.
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Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Nostalgia for the old “good” internet may be misplaced because it nurtured trolling, which trained users not to take posts seriously, feeding radicalization
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Clarence Leong / Columbia Journalism Review:
Journalists covering the protests in Hong Kong describe being targeted by police and teargassed, pepper-sprayed, and beaten with batons