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10:20 AM ET, July 21, 2019


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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."
David Marchese / New York Times:
Interview with Graydon Carter, on claims he cut accusations by women from a 2003 Epstein profile: “I didn't invent the system. I just lived by the system”  —  “I didn't invent the system.  I just lived by the system.”  —  Graydon Carter on Vanity Fair, Jeffrey Epstein and an editor's power.
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.
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 …
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  —  Syracuse's Whitney Phillips — scholar of the darker corners of Internet culture, author of “The Oxygen of Amplification …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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Tim Ingham / Rolling Stone:
A look at 5 initiatives Spotify has abandoned: original video content, its hateful conduct policy, Spotify apps, direct music distribution, and Spotify Running
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Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
Source: BuzzFeed has agreed to voluntarily recognize the BuzzFeed News union, following months of negotiations and a walkout by staffers last month
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Zefr sells RightsID and ChannelID, its video rights-management technologies, to Vobile in a deal estimated at $90M
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Time Magazine to run a sponsored cover for its July 29 issue, the third time since 2014
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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