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11:50 AM ET, June 5, 2017


 Top News: 
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
Following calls for his firing, Bill Maher apologizes for using the n-word on his show; HBO calls the comment “completely inexcusable and tasteless”  —  The HBO late-night host Bill Maher apologized on Saturday for using a racial epithet during an interview with Senator Ben Sasse …
Vindu Goel / New York Times:
How Marissa Mayer made $239M in her time at Yahoo: stock-heavy compensation buoyed by Yahoo's increasingly valuable Alibaba and Yahoo Japan investments  —  SAN FRANCISCO — When a withered Yahoo is absorbed by Verizon Communications in the next week or so, it will be the end of an era …
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Online financial news network Cheddar strikes deal with Fusion to air a daily two-hour show on weekdays on Fusion's TV channel starting later this month  —  Cheddar, a digital-only financial news network that bills itself as “the leading post-cable network,” is coming to traditional TV.
Discussion: Cheddar and @jonsteinberg
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Government leakers and the journalists who depend on them deserve to be honored, not jailed  —  Ever since taking office, President Trump has been condemning leaks, leakers and the journalists they leak to.  —  “I've actually called the Justice Department to look into the leaks,” Trump said in February.
Alyssa Bereznak / The Ringer:
Profile of Craigslist's Craig Newmark, who has positioned himself as an advocate of trustworthy journalism, donating millions to orgs like Poynter, ProPublica  —  Up next for the man who changed how we find apartments?  Bird-watching and an active role in fighting fake news.
Discussion: @markstencel
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
The Telegraph and Vice UK launch on Snapchat Discover today, focusing on the UK's June 8 election  —  The Telegraph and Vice UK are launching on Snapchat Discover June 5 to bring political coverage to the app's 10 million U.K. daily users ahead of the general election June 8.
Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
Racist #LondonBridge tweets by 2 Breitbart News staffers anger even colleagues at Breitbart, undermine denials the site serves as a platform for hateful views  —  Breitbart employees expressed strong displeasure on Sunday with two of their colleagues for inflammatory comments posted to Twitter …
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Lenfest Institute to distribute $1M in grants to support local news innovation this year, focusing on ideas for major metro areas  —  The well-heeled Lenfest Institute for Journalism in Philadelphia plans to distribute $1 million over the rest of this year to support local news innovation projects …
Robert Feder:
Sources: Edwin Eisendrath and Thane Ritchie lead the two groups that plan bids to compete with Tronc for the Chicago Sun-Times and Reader  —  Hoping to thwart Chicago Tribune owner tronc, a former Chicago alderman and a suburban hedge fund manager are expected to step up with competing bids …
Dionne Searcey / New York Times:
Nigeria considers new ways to enforce copyright as mobile phone use and music streaming grow  —  LAGOS, Nigeria — Forcing a smile, Seyi Shay, a music star in Nigeria, stood for hours under the hot lights of a film studio to record a video.  Three changes of clothes, two wigs and multiple touch-ups later …
Discussion: @dionnesearcey and @dionnesearcey
Corinne Grinapol / Adweek:
The Economist signs a video licensing deal with Bloomberg Media Distribution for short-form series Daily Watch  —  Bloomberg Media Distribution will distribute The Economist's Daily Watch series  —  The Economist is the latest publication to partner with Bloomberg Media Distribution …
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
The intense focus on pro-Trump bots on Twitter ignores the human media figures bent on pushing pro-Trump stories  —  On May 30th, Empty Lighthouse Magazine published an article with an alarming headline: “Why Did Trump Get Millions Of Twitter Bots To Follow Him This Week?”
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 More News: 
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Profile of The Penny Hoarder, a bootstrapped media company on track to make $40M this year from sponsored content and advertiser coupon deals
Discussion: @susan_shain
Brendan Fitzgerald / Columbia Journalism Review:
Partnership between nonprofit Charlottesville Tomorrow and BH Media's Daily Progress in Virginia strengthened both; nonprofit now weighs expansion
Discussion: @cjr
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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
Discussion: New York Times