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10:20 PM ET, May 28, 2022


 Top News: 
Alex Shephard / New Republic:
MSNBC hiring Jen Psaki isn't much better than CBS hiring Trump's ex-chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, especially as networks market themselves as bulwarks of truth  —  When CBS co-president Neeraj Khemlani defended the network's decision to hire former Trump administration official Mick Mulvaney earlier …
Angela Fu / Poynter:
Outside Inc., which publishes 20+ magazines about the outdoors including Outside, plans to lay off 66 of roughly 580 employees and shut down three publications  —  The news comes just months after Outside magazine editorial staff decided to pause their union drive.
Sara Guaglione / Digiday:
Bloomberg Media and iHeartMedia plan to release five podcasts in 2022 as part of a three-year co-production and distribution deal first announced in May 2021  —  Bloomberg Media and iHeartMedia are releasing five podcast shows this year, part of a co-production and distribution podcast deal between …
Discussion: @bbgmedia and Inside Radio
Karen Hao / Wall Street Journal:
Report: Google, Bing, and YouTube regularly return China's state media content in top US results about Beijing's human-rights record and the origins of COVID-19  —  On issues important to Beijing, official Chinese sources also enjoy strong placement on YouTube and other widely used U.S. services, a new report finds
Erich Schwartzel / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Tencent backed out of financing Top Gun, concerned about the CCP's reaction to its pro-US messaging; Chinese investors are steering clear of Hollywood  —  Tencent Holdings pulled out of financing the film over concerns about Chinese officials' reaction
Isobel Koshiw / The Guardian:
A look at Ukraine's wartime United News, in which the country's main TV channels broadcast the same content 24/7; some see the unified TV coverage as propaganda  —  State-backed broadcast has strategic and practical justifications but some see it as dangerous monopoly
Charlotte Klein / Vanity Fair:
Some US journalists question whether showing more graphic footage would force the public and political leaders to fully confront America's gun violence epidemic  —  As journalists descend on Uvalde—as they did on Columbine, Newtown, and Parkland—some are questioning whether a more graphic approach …
Pew Research Center:
The Media Roundup:
Younger people will pay for news in podcasts  —  In this issue we're looking at attracting younger audiences to paid podcasts, the BBC's digital-first dismantling plan, rising profits at the Telegraph and the continued existence of USA Today in print.  —  This morning's newsletter is brought to you by Peter.
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Interview with Ted Sarandos about Netflix's recent share price plunge, backing Dave Chappelle's latest comedy special, Hollywood schadenfreude, and more  —  The Netflix executive says he — and the company he helped build — will survive a bout of bad earnings numbers.
Tim Baysinger / Axios:
Omedia projects the global box office will grow nearly 73% YoY to $36B in 2022 and another 23% to $44B in 2023, surpassing the $41.7B made pre-pandemic in 2019  —  The theatrical box office will continue its rebound out of the pandemic in 2022 and is expected to surpass its last pre-pandemic year in 2023, according to data from Omedia.
Discussion: @kerrymflynn
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The Media Roundup:
Younger people will pay for news in podcasts  —  In this issue we're looking at attracting younger audiences to paid podcasts, the BBC's digital-first dismantling plan, rising profits at the Telegraph and the continued existence of USA Today in print.
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 More News: 
Daniel Keane / London Evening Standard:
The UK launches a review of the BBC's impartiality and effort to build a diverse workforce, adding a goal of 25% staff to be from low socioeconomic backgrounds
Discussion: Reuters
Tony Webster / Minnesota Reformer:
Minneapolis agrees to pay $600K to settle a lawsuit by reporter Linda Tirado, who was blinded in one eye by a police projectile while covering May 2020 protests
Anousha Sakoui / Los Angeles Times:
The Amber Heard-Johnny Depp trial has created a new cottage industry of attorney social media stars, highlighting how media consumption of big cases has shifted
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
The New York Times presenting its Haiti package as a “first” shows that the media should expand the definition of a news peg from new facts to current problems
 Earlier Picks: 
Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
Sources: Substack dropped efforts to raise money, after talks to raise $75M-$100M at a $750M-$1B valuation, during which the company said 2021 revenue was ~$9M
Teresa Carr / Undark Magazine:
The Online News Association's “3M Truth in Science Award” raises an ethical dilemma since 3M, the sponsor, has a history of lying about its scientific findings
BBC Media Centre:
The BBC details its budget cuts: laying off up to 1,000 people over the next few years, merging World into News, making CBBC and BBC 4 online-only, and more