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1:25 PM ET, August 7, 2019

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USA Today:
USA TODAY office in McLean, VA was evacuated after police responded to report of a man with a weapon; police official says there is no indication of a shooting  —  WASHINGTON — USA TODAY's headquarters in McLean, Virginia was evacuated Wednesday amid a heavy police presence to what authorities …
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Days after the El Paso shooter echoed language used by Fox News hosts, Tucker Carlson says white supremacy is “actually not a real problem in America”  —  New York (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter.  You can sign up for free right here.
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Lis Power / Media Matters for America:
Analysis: Fox News had over 70 references to an “invasion” of migrants in 2019, including 55 clips of Trump and 21 mentions by Fox News hosts  —  On August 3, a shooter opened fire at a Walmart in El Paso, TX, killing 22 individuals and injuring dozens more.
Gabriel Snyder / Columbia Journalism Review:
Dean Baquet acknowledges some subscribers expect The NYT to take an adversarial role against Trump, doesn't see this moment in history as particularly aberrant  —  Dean Baquet, the executive editor of The New York Times, was at home on Monday night—as was the rest of the paper's senior leadership …
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Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Amid widespread criticism, the New York Times' Dean Baquet acknowledges its “bad” front page headline about Trump's speech following mass shootings
Jeff Jarvis / Medium:
Lessons for journalists in light of Beto O'Rourke's anger at media for asking obvious questions to which we know the answers
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
By parroting Trump's claims without context, journalists are letting Trump off the hook for stoking hate with his rhetoric
Jason Gurwin / The Streamable:
Disney CEO says Disney+ will have a $12.99 bundle that includes ad-supported Hulu and ESPN+ when it launches on November 12  —  The Streamable is reader-supported and may earn an affiliate commission when you sign up with our links.  —  On today's, 2019 Third Quarter Earnings Call Disney …
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Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Viacom says it will acquire Paws Inc., the holding company that owns the IP rights to Garfield, allowing it to create new shows and spinoffs  —  The entertainment company wants fodder for programming it can show and sell to streaming services  —  Viacom Inc. has sunk its claws into another hit franchise.
Discussion: Variety, Hollywood Reporter, @wsj and CNBC
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
New York Times reaches a high of 4.7M total subscribers in Q2, with nearly 3.8M subscribers to digital products; digital-only subscription revenue grew 14% YoY  —  As digital revenue becomes more central to the newspaper business — and with a small boost from the launch of “The Weekly,” …
Tim Peterson / Digiday:
Brand-funded documentaries are on the rise, with some winning awards, and some, like 23andMe, saying documentarians do a better job than marketing teams  —  This article is part of the Digiday Video Briefing, which features must-reads, confessionals and key market stats.
Claire Atkinson / NBC News:
Foreign journalists struggle to communicate mass shootings in the US to their audiences, who think Americans are “crazy” for not enacting gun control measures  —  “I've been living in the United States for 17 years and the number of massacres that I have to cover has been endless …
 
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Daniel Green / Journalism.co.uk:
After shutting down its Blogs self-publishing product, HuffPost UK launches new Personal and Opinion sections, both of which will pay contributors
Justin Hendrix / Protego Press:
Congress should override the current law of FTC penalties going to the Treasury and direct the FTC's recent $5B Facebook privacy fine to fix local journalism
Matthew Ball / REDEF:
A deep dive into box office trends: why theater audiences are on a long decline, why “franchise fatigue” isn't real, and the direct-to-streaming opportunity
Nippon.com:
Japanese newspaper readership continues to decline as the average number of daily general-interest papers printed in 2018 dropped by ~2M, or 5%, to 36.8M
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Filings: Conde Nast reports pre-tax profit of £2.7M in 2018, up from a £13.5M loss in 2017, driven by traffic growth; 2018 revenue was £104.6M, down 8% YoY
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Interview with NYT's National editor Marc Lacey on why local news crisis is a national beat, the informal collaborations between the NYT and local outlets, more
Tyler Coates / Columbia Journalism Review:
Interview with Ruth Reichl, former EIC of Gourmet, which closed in 2009, on 40 years in food journalism, criticism in the digital era, and what she would change
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William D. Cohan / Vanity Fair:
Insiders say Vice CEO Nancy Dubuc is angling to sell Vice to CBS-Viacom as its valuation, which was as high as $5.7B two years ago, sinks to ~$1.5B
Kelsey Sutton / Adweek:
eMarketer: number of US households without traditional pay TV expected to swell to 40.2M in 2019, up 19.2% YoY, and to over 56M by 2023
Dan Kennedy / Media Nation:
After eight months of talks with Boston Globe management, Boston Newspaper Guild stages lunchtime walkout, will file a complaint alleging unfair labor practices
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Tech news site The Markup reinstalls editor Julia Angwin along with six of the seven editorial staffers who quit in protest over Angwin's firing in April