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9:30 AM ET, June 10, 2019

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Joe Otterson / Variety:
Quibi to launch on April 6 2020 with a $7.99/mo ad free tier and a $4.99/mo tier with pre-roll ads, will pay costs plus 20% for up to $6M/hour to show creators  —  Quibi founder Jeffrey Katzenberg and CEO Meg Whitman offered an in-depth look at their new short-form video service during …
Sarah Repucci / Freedom House:
In some of the most influential democracies in the world, populist leaders have overseen concerted attempts to throttle the independence of the media sector  —  Freedom and the Media: A Downward Spiral Key Findings … The fundamental right to seek and disseminate information through …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Watergate-era presidential accountability in the age of Trump is hamstrung by huge fragmentation within the media and increasing right-wing propaganda  —  The question from an audience member made the three network chiefs bristle:  —  Why aren't the news media holding the White House accountable …
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
News Media Alliance study, to be given to US House ahead of hearings, claims Google made $4.7B from the work of news publishers in 2018 via search, Google News  —  $4,700,000,000.  —  It's more than the combined ticket sales of the last two “Avengers” movies.  It's more than what virtually any professional sports team is worth.
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
How 12,000+ videos watched by a young man on YouTube since 2015 first pulled him into a far-right rabbit hole and more recently into a left-wing universe  —  Over years of reporting on internet culture, I've heard countless versions of Mr. Cain's story: an aimless young man — usually white …
Murtaza Hussain / The Intercept:
Heshmat Alavi, who published anti-Iran articles in Forbes, The Hill, and others, may be a persona created by an Iranian opposition group to shape US discourse  —  In 2018, President Donald Trump was seeking to jettison the landmark nuclear deal that his predecessor had signed with Iran in 2015 …
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
The top of Esquire's masthead along with several writers have either resigned or been laid off after EIC Jay Fielden's resignation last week  —  There is chaos at Esquire, as the entire top of the masthead has either resigned or been let go following the resignation of Editor-in-Chief Jay Fielden last week.
Discussion: @margoandhow
Tiffany Stevens / Columbia Journalism Review:
Independent journalists in Maryland are challenging the state's ban on broadcasting publicly available court recordings, arguing it violates the First Amendment  —  For Baltimore-based independent journalist Amelia McDonell-Parry, the Baltimore City courtroom audio captured during Keith Davis …
Discussion: @tiffanymstevens
Columbia Journalism Review:
Chinese journalists on what the international journalists got wrong while reporting on the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre  —  Yes, China censors information about Tiananmen.  But quizzing pedestrians is facile at best, and unethical at worst
Discussion: @siruihua
Mark Jacob / Nieman Lab:
Study: the total average daily hours spent by desktop visitors to sites across all forms of digital media grew from 2.7 hours in 2008 to 5.9 in 2017  —  Here's a question for local news producers: What are your readers doing when they're not visiting you?  —  That's the question asked …
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Sources: Bleacher Report is on track to reach $200M in revenue in 2019; CEO Howard Mittman says total revenue has grown 49% YoY  —  Bleacher Report has been making a series of investments in longer-form content, events, commerce and a portfolio strategy that is centered on key “sub-brands” such as House of Highlights and B/R Football.
Discussion: @digiday
 
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Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
The New York Times is looking to expand The Daily's international audience, currently 20% of its listeners, with a weeklong series of European politics
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
ProPublica's Political Ad Collector browser extension, now owned by the Globe and Mail, is working once again after being blocked by Facebook earlier this year
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Chris Cooke / Complete Music Update:
UK music trade bodies and music charities partner to support artists impacted by the collapse of PledgeMusic, a now-bankrupt pre-order and fan-funding platform
Noreen Malone / The Cut:
Why comments by The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg about cover stories and white men struck such a nerve: he used the language of well-meaning condescension
Stephanie Busari / CNN:
Liberia blocks AP's website, social media including WhatsApp and Snapchat, and Gmail amid anti-government protests, says it has restored some services
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Maker Media, the company behind Make: magazine and the festival Maker Faire, is laying off all of its 22 employees and pausing all operations
Bloomberg:
Vox Media staffers reached a tentative labor agreement with the online publisher Friday after 29 hours of negotiation and a one-day walkout