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11:25 AM ET, June 2, 2015


 Top News: 
John Plunkett / Guardian:
News Corp chief exec Robert Thomson criticizes ‘trash traffic’ on BuzzFeed-style sites  —  News Corp chief criticises ‘trash traffic’ on BuzzFeed-style sites  —  Robert Thomson says advertisers 'don't want guilt by association, they want gilt by association'
Jeff Gordinier / New York Times:
Serious Eats and Roadfood Are Sold to Fexy Media  —  Here's more evidence that cheap eats have become big business.  —  Serious Eats and Roadfood, two food-focused websites that are largely associated with the gastronomic delights found at diners, noodle shops, pizzerias …
Discussion: GeekWire, @niemanlab and Eater
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
Sources: Re/code valued at $15-20M in Vox deal, which was based on Vox's November valuation of $380M; Re/code projected to generate revenues of $12M this year  —  Why Re/code, an 18-month-old tech news startup, really sold to Vox — even though it was generating $12 million
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
CBS newsman Bob Schieffer to become a fellow at Harvard's Shorenstein Centre, studying the 2016 presidential election  —  Bob Schieffer heads to the Ivy League, accepts Harvard fellowship  —  One of Bob Schieffer's first stops after stepping down from the “Face the Nation” moderators chair will be Harvard University.
Discussion: Politico and Poynter
Ricardo Bilton / Digiday:
Former NYT director of audience development Kareem Ahmed introduces NYC.TV, a platform for local video makers, and a discovery tool for viewers  —  NYC.TV goes local to fix the video discovery problem  —  Putting a video online is easier than it has ever been, but good luck getting people to watch it.
Discussion: @digiday
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer:
Business Insider deleted posts about Elon Musk after his biographer publicly complained that the news organization was mining his book for posts  —  Business Insider Deleted Elon Musk Posts After Bio Author Complained  —  Business Insider removed several posts from its site after the author …
Cale Guthrie Weissman / Business Insider:
Sources: nearly all of Medium's sites are undergoing major upheavals; employees quiet on changes due to NDA  —  Medium, the publishing platform started by one of Twitter's cofounders, is gutting some of its most popular sites  —  Two weeks ago, publishing platform Medium …
Times executive editor Roger Alton leaves paper after five years  —  Times executive editor Roger Alton leaves paper  —  Former Observer and Independent editor leaves role at News UK title after five years in position  —  Times executive editor Roger Alton has left the paper …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Journalists Meet To Discuss Frustration With Clinton Campaign's Control Over Access And Information  —  NEW YORK — Journalists covering Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign met for nearly two hours in Washington on Monday to discuss concerns about what they believe is inadequate access …
Christian Caryl / Foreign Policy:
How three Costa Rican reporters upended the nation's political system through data reporting  —  The Data Sleuths of San José  —  How three scrappy Costa Rican reporters used the power of data to bring down a system of sleaze.  —  The real estate agent was angry.
Discussion: @martinstabe
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Leaked contract shows SoundCloud may pay about 22% royalties to publishers, is preparing to roll out two premium tiers, one with downloadable songs and no ads  —  Leaked Contract Shows SoundCloud's Plans For Ad-Free Subscriptions And Paying Labels  —  SoundCloud is desperately trying …
Discussion: The FADER and Digital Music News
Jessica Klein / VideoInk:
Vimeo Collabs with VOD, Theatrical Distributors on Release of Action Sports Doc  —  Vimeo is collaborating with Abramorama, GrindTV, and Tugg on the upcoming theatrical/VOD release of The Earth Network's “carpe diem” spirited documentary, “The Search for Freedom.”
Fiona Gartland / The Irish Times:
Court order was not intended to stop reporting of Dáil statements, says judge  —  Denis O'Brien accused in High Court of ‘spectacular climbdown’  —  An order preventing the publication of financial information about Denis O'Brien was not intended to prohibit fair reporting of any utterances …
Discussion: @marklittlenews
Lauren Johnson / Adweek:
AOL Debuts Makeover That's All About Mobile Video and Social-Friendly Content  —  AOL is unveiling a data-driven site overhaul today that should give marketers a sense of how it will zero in on mobile video and branded content as it plots its future.  —  The revamp comes less than a month …
Mohamed Fahmy / New York Times:
Ex-Cairo bureau chief Mohamed Fahmy accuses Al Jazeera of using him to serve Qatar's political interests  —  How Qatar Used and Abused Its Al Jazeera Journalists  —  CAIRO — This week, I am back in court in an effort to prove my innocence at a retrial on charges that I was a member …
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Mic Wright / The Next Web:
Build your own Netflix: Vimeo On Demand introduces monthly subscriptions
Sarah Shaffi / The Bookseller:
US e-book sales drop 6% in 2014 to 223M, down from 240M in 2013
Matt Donnelly / The Wrap:
PopSugar launches PopSugar Latina, blog vertical aimed at Latina millennials
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Mark Joyella / TVNewser:
Charlie Rose to Receive 2015 Cronkite Award
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
Jason Koebler / Motherboard:
Netflix is experimenting with pre- and post-roll ads for its own programming
Alexandra Steigrad / WWD:
Bloomberg Relaunches Pursuits Magazine
Discussion: FishbowlNY and Media Wire Daily, Thanks:@amandabcowie
Alison Flood / Guardian:
Novelist says she was wrong to oppose Charlie Hebdo PEN award
Gannett Company, Inc:
Gannett acquires 11 media organizations from Digital First Media
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Supreme Court reverses conviction in Facebook threat case