What we’re reading: Sinclair’s quiet conservative media takeover

As consolidation in the media industry has reduced the number of news outlets over the past decade, Sinclair media has managed to imprint its political influence by focusing on local TV markets, writes the New Yorker’s Sheelah Kolhatkar in “The Growth of Sinclair’s Conservative Media Empire.” Why it matters: Local news is trusted more than…

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Overcoming a government crackdown on social media in Laos

Vientiane, Laos – Inside a packed lecture hall at the American Centre in the capital Vientiane, 60 National University of Laos students sit surrounded by framed posters featuring inspirational quotes by American icons Martin Luther King Jr, Maya Angelou and Steve Jobs. On the screen at the front of the room, Vientiane Times journalist Keoxomphou…

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Axios Media Trends

The New York Times’ latest Sunday Magazine edition didn’t feature any words on pages, but rather full-page images that corresponded to audio stories that are available on a corresponding podcast.  Why it matters: The point of the new format is to give readers a different way to consume an audio-rich story … “sonic storytelling.” For…

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New Yorker cancels Steve Bannon event after social media backlash

New Yorker editor David Remnick issued a statement Monday disinviting former White House adviser Steve Bannon from its annual festival, following intense backlash on social media from members of the public and some of the event’s other speakers. The details: John Mulaney, Judd Apatow and Jim Carrey are among those who tweeted they would withdraw…

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Axios Media Trends

A same poll from Morning Consult finds that there’s almost no upside for most brands to discuss President Trump. Regardless of whether the message is positive or negative, it’s far more likely to generate backlash for most companies than draw positive reactions. Why it matters: Brands that stay true to their corporate values in messaging…

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Trump tweets “dangerous & sick” news media can “cause War”

President Trump continued his tirade against the “Fake News” media, a position that has caused ruptures within his immediate family, stating that the media “can also cause War” in a Sunday morning tweet. The Fake News hates me saying that they are the Enemy of the People only because they know it’s TRUE. I am…

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Apple Comes Under Media Fire in China

July 31, 2018 9:03 a.m. ET BEIJING—Apple Inc. has come under fire by Chinese state media, which claims the U.S. technology giant isn’t doing enough to block texts and images trafficking in prohibited content including pornography, gambling and counterfeit goods. In a barrage that began last week, China’s state-controlled news agency Xinhua and at least…

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Axios Media Trends

Yahoo Finance is launching a full-day, live video streaming network by the end of the year, three sources familiar with the plans tell Axios. Why it matters: It’s the latest example of a digital-native news outlet getting into streaming news to capture more audience attention on mobile and to compete for television dollars. The network…

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Dozens killed in ISIL attacks in southwest Syria: state media

A series of suicide bombings and attacks in southwest Syria have killed dozens of people, with state media blaming the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) for the violence. The head of Syria’s health authority on Wednesday put the number of fatalities from the blasts at 50 after initially claiming that 38 had…

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