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8:25 PM ET, June 22, 2018


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Laura McGann / Vox:
Study: male DC journalists reply on Twitter to other male journalists 92% of the time, retweet other men 69% of the time, and 62% of follows are other men  —  A new study reveals why female journalists are so much less influential on Twitter than men.  —  Anyone that follows Beltway Twitter knows it's …
Jonathan Handel / Hollywood Reporter:
Study: 16% of 651 films released theatrically in 2017 were directed by women, 12% of films with $250K+ box office take directed by women, 10% by people of color  —  “Every aspect of the entire system disadvantages women and people of color," charged guild president Thomas Schlamme.
Discussion: The Wrap and DGA
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Facebook has hired a team that will try to spot vulnerabilities in its systems before bad actors exploit them, to prevent abuses like 2016 US elections debacle  —  Silicon Valley's giants are looking for future crises before they happen.  —  In an attempt to spot vulnerabilities in its system …
Etan Vlessing / Hollywood Reporter:
SiriusXM Radio owner Liberty Media pulled proposed $1.16B cash injection for iHeartMedia after iHeartMedia rejected Liberty's ask for a 40% stake in return  —  The largest U.S. radio company rejected the proposed cash injection for a 40 percent stake from the investment company controlled by John Malone.
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Facebook's blend of AI and humans to screen ads continues to snare non-political ads and legitimate news, angering some publishers as the process gets refined  —  What do a day care center, a vegetarian restaurant, a hair salon, an outdoor clothing maker and an investigative news publisher have in common?
H.G. Watson / Nieman Lab:
Micropayments generate less than $100K/year for The Winnipeg Free Press after three years, but the data gathered helps with targeted subscription selling  —  Three years in, the Winnipeg Free Press' attempt to get readers to pay by the article is still producing less than $100,000 a year …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
The Telegraph, Die Zeit, Mediapart, The Intercept, and Wikitribune launch a collaborative investigation supported by The Signals Network into the misuse of data  —  The Telegraph is joining forces with four other news publishers in Europe and the US to launch an investigation on the misuse of big data.
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
United Talent Agency partners with Cadence13 to create Ramble, a podcast network devoted exclusively to online creators  —  - Talent agency teams up with podcast company Cadence13  — Cadence13 works with ‘Pod Save America,’ among others  —  Hollywood firm United Talent Agency represents …
Discussion: @rhettandlinkomm
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Reddit launches News tab in beta to most iOS users, highlights work from news websites based on user engagement, users can filter categories  —  Reddit is rolling out its “news” tab into beta, the company announced this week.  The expansion follows on Reddit's initial test of a news-related feature …
Julia Jacobo / ABC News:
ABC announces spinoff of Roseanne, with a working title of The Conners, coming this fall; Roseanne Barr will not be involved in the series  —  ABC has greenlit a spinoff series of the now-canceled “Roseanne” — without the show's embattled star.  —  On Thursday, the network announced …
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Nine people who have worked with Elon Musk say he has long run roughshod over journalists and PR staff and recent outbursts merely show no one can rein him in
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
IGTV has not yet explained how creators will be paid, but likely options include mid-roll or pre-roll ads with revenue splits, or paying creators outright
Discussion: MediaPost and The Startup
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Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
Sources: National Enquirer sent copies of stories and covers related to Trump and opponents to Michael Cohen in advance, sometimes making changes after feedback
John G. Doe / YouTube Blog:
YouTube announces $4.99/mo Channel Memberships for eligible channels with 100K+ subscribers, Teespring merchandising, and Premieres to debut pre-recorded videos