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3:10 PM ET, August 2, 2019

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Laura Wagner / Deadspin:
G/O employees discuss Jim Spanfeller's dubious hiring practices, apparent disregard for C-suite diversity, micromanagement, and editorial interference  —  When Jim Spanfeller and a private equity firm called Great Hill Partners took over G/O Media—formerly Gizmodo Media Group—in April …
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Pew: 27% of papers with Sunday circulations of ~50K+ faced layoffs in 2018 vs. 32% in 2017; 14% of digital media sites laid off staff in 2018 vs. 20% in 2017  —  If you work at a U.S. newspaper and didn't have layoffs in the last two years, consider yourself lucky.
Colin Dixon / nScreenMedia:
Parks Associates: 39% of US broadband homes own a streaming media player, up 1% since 2018; Roku and Amazon Fire TV own 39% and 30% of the market, respectively  —  New research data shows that streaming media player growth is flattening.  However, the number of connected TV homes continues to grow strongly, thanks to smart TV.
Discussion: MediaPost
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Vimeo launches Vimeo Enterprise, a tool to allow companies to host, share, and manage video content internally, as it continues its pivot away from content  —  Vimeo, the 14-year-old video service that started as a platform for indie filmmakers, is launching Vimeo Enterprise …
Discussion: Advanced Television
Wall Street Journal:
Data shows hundreds of possible bot social media accounts promoted misinformation and content on race during recent Democratic presidential debates  —  Data shows suspicious social-media accounts targeted Kamala Harris, including with conspiracy theories, during both Democratic gatherings
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Hank Stuever / Washington Post:
CNN's overproduced, conflict-obsessed debates were full of cable-news alarmism and resembled prime-time game shows and reality TV, rather than democratic debate
Reuters:
Turkey's TV and radio watchdog granted oversight of online content, including streamers and online news outlets; providers must now get broadcasting licenses  —  ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey on Thursday granted its radio and television watchdog sweeping oversight over all online content …
Discussion: Middle East Eye
David Shepardson / Reuters:
FCC votes to tighten rules governing franchise fees paid by cable companies to local authorities, which could lead to public access channels going off the air  —  The U.S. Federal Communications Commision (FCC) on Thursday voted 3-2 to tighten rules governing the franchise fees paid …
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
Sarah Sluis / AdExchanger:
Hearst is building Hearst Audience Select, a self-serve ad platform for small brands to advertise across Hearst properties, to launch in time for Q4  —  Hearst is building a self-serve ad platform so advertisers can overlay their audience data against Hearst's to reach readers across sites like Cosmopolitan …
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Print generated $25B+ in revenue in 2018; its steady cash flow attracts investors who realize that lowering overhead reduces costs at a faster rate than revenue  —  Hedge funds have found that they are able to wring profits out of an ailing product: the print newspaper.  But for how long?
New York Times:
Four initiatives reimagine local news: journalism as service, focus on schools and education, news via text message, and philanthropy  —  What happens when the presses stop rolling?  Who will tell the stories of touchdowns scored, heroes honored and neighbors lost?
 
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Ben Paynter / Fast Company:
How The Daily Show covered the first Democratic debate live on social media, making memes and jokes that helped it beat other late-night shows in engagement
Andrew Webster / The Verge:
Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, the biggest name in Fortnite and one of Twitch's most popular stars, says he will move to Microsoft's Mixer full-time
Taylor Lorenz / The Atlantic:
Inside “Instabeach”, Instagram's annual invite-only party in Malibu for 500 of its top creators, which has become a who's who of young Hollywood
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Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
YouTube has significantly changed its algorithm to boost what it deems “quality” children's videos following FTC probe into its use of personal data from minors
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
The LAT's disappointing digital subscriber numbers attest to the importance of subscriber retention, which the paper should invest in like the NYT has