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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.
Medium:
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