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7:20 AM ET, May 23, 2018


 Top News: 
Associated Press:
EPA bars the AP, CNN, and another outlet from national summit on harmful water contaminants; security guards at the event shoved female reporter out of building  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on a hearing with EPA chief Scott Pruitt on a widespread contaminant in drinking water (all times local):
Michael Calderone / @mlcalderone:   CNN statement on network's reporter being “selectively” turned away, along with reporters from other outlets, from EPA event
Rick Maese / Washington Post:
Profile of PFT Commenter, the anonymous satirical sports podcaster behind Pardon My Take who began as a parody Twitter account  —  NEW YORK — Wearing dark sunglasses with an acoustic guitar slung over his shoulder, the most unlikely sports media personality on the planet stepped through …
Discussion: Deadspin
Pete Vernon / Columbia Journalism Review:
New miniseries shows NYT is thriving despite its bleak outlook in the 2011 Page One documentary, but the struggles it faced still plague other outlets  —  Imagine the first year of the Trump administration without Maggie Haberman embedded in the West Wing.  Without Michael Schmidt breaking open the James Comey saga.
Discussion: Nieman Lab
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Pennsylvania's PBS39/WLVT to use some of its $82M from last year's spectrum sale to hire 10 reporters for a weekday newscast to complement commercial news  —  “Our goal is a newscast that is complementary to the commercial news”: Think important local issues, not car crashes and sports scores.
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
Since noticing significant declines in its Facebook Live viewing figures this year, BuzzFeed has begun testing Amazon-owned platform Twitch  —  Since the start of the year, BuzzFeed noticed significant decreases in Facebook Live video views on its News channel, pushing the team to find …
The Straits Times:
Clare Rewcastle Brown, a Malaysian-born British journalist whose reporting on corruption helped topple the regime, is welcomed back in Malaysia  —  KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Clare Rewcastle Brown was harassed and vilified for years for waging a quixotic campaign to expose Malaysian corruption …
A.J. Katz / Adweek:
Nielsen expands its partnership with YouTube TV to include YouTube viewership in local TV audience measurements, likely a boon for local media ad buys  —  Which is good news for media buyers and sellers  —  Nielsen announced today that YouTube TV viewership at designated market levels …
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable and MediaPost
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Source: Vanity Fair has laid off six employees in addition to the 15 laid off in February as part of restructuring, though new hires are expected soon  —  The magazine laid off around six employees this week after letting go 15 in mid-February.  —  In a new round of cuts …
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
NewsDog, a news aggregator in India which offers news in English and various regional Indian languages, has raised $50M Series C led by Tencent  —  The growth of China's Bytedance, an ambitious $30 billion tech firm, and its highly addictive Toutiao news aggregator app has set off a search …
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Univision has tapped Vincent Sadusky to succeed Randy Falco as CEO; Sadusky could be starting as early as June 1  —  Sadusky, a veteran of Media General and Telemundo, may start at Univision as soon as June 1  —  Univision Communications Inc. has tapped media veteran Vincent Sadusky …
Discussion: Bloomberg and @benmullin
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
A new report from Data & Society says young reporters writing about the Internet fueled coverage of the alt-right, emboldening the movement  —  “These were the kinds of behaviors, and the kinds of people, they had been participating with, reporting on, and in many cases actively taunting, for years.
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Tony Rehagen / Columbia Journalism Review:
Profile of Tommy Tomlinson, who lost most of his voice to cancer but has gone on to be a Pulitzer finalist and will launch an interview podcast this month
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Source: BuzzFeed Studios has signed a deal with agency WME as it looks to ramp up its film and television output
Dani Deahl / The Verge:
Twitter announces it is killing off its apps for Xbox, Roku, and Android TV on May 24
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Reese Witherspoon's company Hello Sunshine partners with Amazon's Audible on book club initiative and original audio productions
Discussion: Publishers Weekly