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2:05 AM ET, August 3, 2019


 Top News: 
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 …
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
CNN analyst and Playboy correspondent Brian Karem says the White House suspended his press pass for 30 days; CNN says WH cited Karem's dispute with Seb Gorka  —  Playboy White House correspondent and CNN political analyst Brian Karem said today the White House has suspended his press pass for 30 days.
AAJA Voices:
Data collected from ~150 interns who worked at seven top news orgs shows 65% went to the most selective four-year colleges; NYT, WaPo, WSJ recruited from top 1%  —  Two out of three summer interns from seven top newsrooms came from among the most selective colleges in America, our analysis shows.
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.
Luis Gomez / Medium:
Survey of 160 former journalists finds 58% left in the last 3 years, 18% in 2019; 45% had worked in the field for 10+ years; 87% worked in print at one point  —  160 former journalists open up about why they left news to pursue a career elsewhere.  Here's what they want us to know about the news industry.
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 …
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Inside Pennsylvania PBS39's nightly solutions-focused newscast, launched ~11 months ago after the station received $82M from spectrum sale  —  “It wasn't, like, 'bam bam soundbite soundbite you're done.'”  —  This was a serious case of lemons and (potentially) lemonade.
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: @p_zalewski and Middle East Eye
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  —  Lately there's a strange caution in the air about the intellectual pitfalls of comparing American politics to the performing arts — or worse, to showbiz.
Wall Street Journal:
Data shows hundreds of possible bot social media accounts promoted misinformation and content on race during recent Democratic presidential debates
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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
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
Discussion: MediaPost
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
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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