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4:40 PM ET, June 20, 2019

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A.G. Sulzberger / Wall Street Journal:
Trump's new rhetorical attack, accusing the NYT of “a virtual act of treason”, crosses a dangerous line in his campaign against a free and independent press  —  The Founders considered it the gravest of crimes.  Tossing the charge around is irresponsible and wrong.
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Twitter disabling location data for tweets is a win for privacy but a loss for journalists, researchers as it helped find eyewitnesses and track disinformation  —  When Twitter wants to announce a change in how it does things, how should they announce it?  With a tweet, naturally …
CNN:
Sources: Rupert Murdoch, co-chairman of Fox Corporation, is recovering from pneumonia, but is doing well and is expected to call into a board meeting on Friday  —  New York (CNN Business)Rupert Murdoch, the 88-year-old billionaire media mogul, is recovering after a bout with pneumonia …
Discussion: @oliverdarcy
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
News sites across the political spectrum, from the Daily Caller to AlterNet, form the Digital News Alliance, an ad network to target politically engaged readers  —  Digital News Alliance combines left-leaning, conservative and centrist publishers  —  Political advertising makes strange bedfellows.
Mike Farrell / Multichannel News:
Fuse Media to exit Chapter 11 in the coming weeks after a federal court approves its bankruptcy exit plan, which includes reducing debt by ~$200M  —  Court approves exit plan, programmer says will emerge in the ‘coming weeks’  —  Latino and multicultural youth-oriented programmer Fuse Media …
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Branded content project: among nearly 40 local news organizations, 23.1% generated $10K-$100K, 20.5% generated $1M-$5M in 2018 from branded content  —  The Local Media Consortium and Local Media Association recently announced results from their first Branded Content Project …
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
WGA stops negotiations with the Association of Talent Agents, in favor of individual talks with top nine agencies as it seeks a ban on packaging fees for agents  —  The Writers Guild of America has called off negotiations with the Association of Talent Agents in favor of pursuing individual talks …
Olivier Holmey / Nieman Lab:
Three-year-old French news site Les Jours serializes the news, breaking long-form investigative stories down into accessible, nail-biting episodes  —  “Serial” isn't just a podcast: It's also the format hook Les Jours uses to bring some of the lessons of drama to long-form investigative reporting.
Marc Malkin / Variety:
Film and television critics associations form a coalition, Critics Groups for Equality in Media, to foster greater diversity in entertainment journalism  —  A coalition of film and television critics associations are teaming up help foster greater diversity in entertainment journalism.
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Instead of moving kids content to YouTube Kids, where existing problems could be replicated, YouTube Kids should invest in curation and product development  —  Facing mounting pressure over failures to protect children from inappropriate content, Google is reportedly considering a number of changes to its video sharing site YouTube.
 
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Nicholas Quah / Hot Pod News:
How the ongoing formation of the podcast industry could affect the digital audiobook industry, as Audible and Spotify likely look to compete in both forms
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Quibi says it has booked more than $100M in ad sales with launch partners including Google, P&G, PepsiCo, Walmart, and Anheuser-Busch, ahead of April 2020 debut
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Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
In a first, only one outlet, MSNBC, is allowed to provide live coverage of the South Carolina Democratic Convention; Fox, C-SPAN, CNN are barred
The Guardian:
UN report: Mohammed bin Salman should be investigated for the extrajudicial murder of Jamal Khashoggi for which there is “credible evidence” he is liable