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12:40 PM ET, August 15, 2019

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Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Inside The New York Times as it debates its coverage of Trump's racism and the well intentioned but ineffective desire to “show and not tell”  —  New York (CNN Business)Last Friday, employees at The New York Times (NYT) received an email from Dean Baquet, the newspaper's executive editor.
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Michael Calderone / Politico:
Behind Nate Silver's persistent criticism of his ex-employer NYT, for its 2020 polling analysis and Trump coverage, that he denies is due to a personal grudge  —  Nate Silver made his name as The New York Times' data guru, creating the methodology that predicted Barack Obama's reelection.
Rachel Glickhouse / ProPublica:
ProPublica releases a guide on how newsrooms can collaborate around large datasets, announces it is open-sourcing its software and making it available this fall  —  ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power.  Sign up for ProPublica's Big Story newsletter …
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James Walker / Press Gazette:
Financial Times has bought a minority stake in paywalled B2B news website The Business of Fashion, which says it has 35,000 paying members and over 100 staff  —  The Financial Times has bought a minority stake in B2B news website The Business of Fashion, which sits behind a paywall.
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
Interview with ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish, who says the combined company's “unmatched scale” in content will give it an advantage against streaming rivals  —  KEY POINTS  — ViacomCBS chief Bob Bakish says the newly formed company's vast content library should help it fight off rivals in the TV streaming wars.
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Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
Sources: CBS's and Viacom's TV production entities to remain separate for now, with CBS TV under Joe Ianniello, and Paramount TV under Jim Gianopulos
Middle East Eye:
UK admits that This Is Woke, a “media/news company” that engages in “critical discussions around Muslim identity” is in fact a covert counterterrorism programme  —  This glitzy, youthful ‘news company’ warns of the dangers of fake news.  In fact, it's part of the Home Office's Prevent strategy
James West / Mother Jones:
Sources: FBI agents began investigating American Media earlier this year, at the direction of prosecutors from the SDNY, over possible Saudi influence peddling  —  Earlier this year, federal investigators began requesting corporate documents and questioning staff at American Media Inc. …
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
Stephanie Grisham gave her first TV interview as White House press secretary to “America This Week” host Eric Bolling, well over a month into her tenure  —  Well over a month into her new gig, Stephanie Grisham did her first television interview as White House press secretary this week …
Patrick Strudwick / BuzzFeed:
A transgender employee of The Guardian resigned last month accusing it of being “an incredibly transphobic organisation”; a second employee quit weeks later  —  “It suddenly became real,” one trans staff member told BuzzFeed News.  “I'm entering this building with people who are denying my humanity.”
 
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Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
NewsGuild says it will hold a new election for national president in Nov. with the same candidates, after finding voting irregularities affected May election
Casey Newton / The Interface:
Twitter's followable topics may open big new audiences for the company, as well as polarize them; Twitter still thinks its “trending” section can be fixed
Mike Snider / USA Today:
Gannett and GateHouse parent New Media Investment Group have filed more information with the SEC in a move to address concerns of investors
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Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed News:
Sources: when their book deal blew up after sexual misconduct allegations against Glenn Thrush, Thrush kept his advance but Maggie Haberman had to return hers
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Interview with Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg on how the Tumblr acquisition came about, what's next for Tumblr, adult content in apps, and more
Pew Research Center:
Older Americans, black adults, and Americans with less education are more interested in local news than their counterparts; older adults prefer TV as a source