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9:55 AM ET, June 3, 2017


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Liz Spayd / New York Times:
In her final column, Liz Spayd says NYT's elimination of public editor position sends “ambiguous signal” and wonders if the paper is growing weary of criticism  —  There probably hasn't been a time in recent American history when the role of the media was more important than now.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Interview with Phil Corbett, the New York Times associate managing editor for standards, on the paper's editing process and streamlining  —  The Erik Wemple Blog checked in with several sources at the New York Times for input on the newspaper's storied and multilayered editing process.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Reader contributions to the Guardian US increased by 40% over recent weekly averages after journalist Ben Jacobs' altercation with candidate Greg Gianforte
Discussion: @chrislhayes
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
The $5.7B defamation lawsuit brought by Beef Products Inc. against ABC over “pink slime” reports goes to trial in South Dakota on Monday  —  A journey to South Dakota to hear arguments whether preconceived negative spin in the media should result in massive punishments.
Nick Vivarelli / Variety:
Interview with Nader Sobhan of iflix, which recently raised $90M to take on Netflix in emerging markets, on producing an original show in Arabic and censorship  —  After launching in Asia in 2015, streaming service iflix is positioning itself as a low-cost alternative to Netflix in emerging markets.
Jack Marshall / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Google will give publishers at least 6 months to prepare for a Chrome-based ad filter coming next year, offering a self-service tool for analyzing ads
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
Q&A with Megyn Kelly, whose new Sunday night NBC show debuts June 4, on forthcoming interviews, the future of Fox News, and more  —  Megyn Kelly in 90 seconds  —  Megyn Kelly is managing expectations for her move to NBC — up to a point.  —  “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly,” …
Discussion: Real Stories and @cnnmoney
Ed Christman / Billboard:
Music publisher Concord Bicycle Music acquires Imagem, paying what sources say is close to $600M and making Concord sixth largest music publisher in the world  —  Justin Timberlake during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 11, 2016 in Cannes, France.
Discussion: New York Times
Max Willens / Digiday:
Refinery29 gets a 63% click-to-open rate on its biggest newsletter, Refinery29 Everywhere, higher than the average rate of 15% for media newsletters  —  Refinery29 knows how to stand out in its readers' inboxes.  Its biggest newsletter, Refinery29 Everywhere, boasts a click-to-open rate of 63 percent …
Discussion: @digiday and @meena_thiru
Callum Borchers / Washington Post:
Tax experts question relationship between and nonprofit Daily Caller News Foundation, which produces most of the content for the site  —  The Daily Caller is a media success story, a conservative news site that in seven years of existence has become one of the most called-upon outlets …
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
The Wall Street Journal is shutting down its standalone What's News app on June 30 with plans to revamp its main news app  —  The Journal is the latest news organization to build a mobile-first secondary app as a user-interface playground — and then return focus to the core app.
Discussion: @s_m_i, @annett_tim, @s_m_i and @jbenton
Nick Muscavage / MY CENTRAL JERSEY:
New Jersey lawmakers introduce the Civic Information Consortium bill that would allocate $20M from the sale of NJ's public TV licenses to fund local journalism  —  TRENTON - A bill was introduced in the state Legislature on Thursday that would create a fund to promote innovative journalism and support local journalism in New Jersey.
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