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4:40 PM ET, July 22, 2019

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Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
After Epstein got out of jail, Forbes, HuffPost, and National Review ran puff pieces about him, not mentioning his conviction, largely via outside contributors  —  After Jeffrey Epstein got out of the Palm Beach County jail in 2009, having served 13 months of an 18-month sentence resulting …
Knight Foundation:
Knight Foundation invests $50M at 11 American universities and research institutions to better understand how technology is transforming democracy  —  Cross-disciplinary research centers and projects will fill knowledge gaps on how society is informed in the digital age
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The Guardian:
Observer editor, press freedom nonprofits, and others pen open letter concerning rising use of SLAPP litigation in the UK to silence journalists  —  In an open letter to Jeremy Hunt, the foreign secretary, and Jeremy Wright, the culture secretary, the Observer's editor …
David Bauder / Associated Press:
ESPN reasserts policy to avoid politics after radio talk show host Dan Le Batard criticized Trump and his recent racist comments, and ESPN itself, on air  —  NEW YORK (AP) — ESPN is making sure that its employees know there is not change in the network's policy to avoid talking about politics unless …
Michael Calderone / Politico:
Nearly every Democratic presidential candidate has pledged to bring back daily press briefings at the White House and the Pentagon in 2021  —  Joe Biden said in a speech that he would bring back the televised sessions, and 21 Democratic campaigns said in response to a survey by POLITICO that they would do the same.
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Max Willens / Digiday:
The publishing platform war between Vox Media's Chorus and The Washington Post's Arc is heating up, as both companies invest heavily in fight for market share  —  In the spring of 2019, shortly after joining This Old House as chief operating officer, Evan Silverman set out to find a new digital publishing platform.
Discussion: @ftrain and @seangriffey
Hayley Miller / HuffPost:
Cumulus Media blocks country radio stations from airing Blair Garner's interview with Pete Buttigieg, citing the FCC's equal-time rule  —  Nash FM's Blair Garner recorded an interview with the Democratic presidential candidate last week, but the broadcasting company spiked it.
Wudan Yan:
Freelance journalist documents the frustrations encountered and energy spent trying to hold three late-paying publications accountable for $5000+ they owed her  —  In late May, I returned home after four weeks on the road.  I spent two of those weeks on vacation, and another two on the East Coast, visiting family and friends.
Kevin Poulsen / The Daily Beast:
Kristian Rouz, an on-air reporter for the Trump-endorsed One America News Network, has been writing simultaneously for Russian propaganda outlet Sputnik  —  Kristian Rouz appears on segments for One America News Network—ironic given he is working for a Russian outlet fingered in the 2016 election attack.
Discussion: @katestarbird
Steven Edginton / Daily Mail:
Steven Edginton, a Brexit party staffer who describes himself as a freelance journalist, says he was the middleman who passed the Darroch cables to the Mail  —  Lying awake at 2am last Wednesday and unable to sleep for the third night in a row, I listened as footsteps crunched up and down the gravel outside my ground-floor flat.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
After taking AG Barr's characterization of the Mueller report at face value, the media has another chance to get it right when Mueller testifies before Congress  —  In political media, as in love, there aren't many chances to correct a serious wrong.  —  But the news media …
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Following Cairncross Review, UK establishes a £2M pilot fund for publishers to explore new ways of providing sustainable public interest journalism  —  The UK Government will establish a £2m innovation fund to support public interest journalism, with a focus on local and regional news providers.
Discussion: The Drum and GOV.UK
 
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Anna Kaplan / The Daily Beast:
Judge tosses lawsuit against Facebook filed by an IRA-linked Russian company, the Federal Agency of News, claiming Facebook violated its First Amendment rights
Jay Rosen / @jayrosen_nyu:
[Thread] Newsrooms can't ignore Trump's outrageous behavior without normalizing him, but they do have options for responsible coverage beyond “taking the bait”
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
Max Willens / Digiday:
Insider has shifted its video strategy to focus on longer videos, with 35.5% of published videos from April-July 2019 running 5+ minutes, up from 7.8% last year
Discussion: @austin_rief
Medium:
Interview with Olaf Steenfadt, the director of RSF's Journalism Trust Initiative, which aims to define indicators for trustworthy journalism
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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
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
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