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7:45 PM ET, June 12, 2017


 Top News: 
The Guardian:
Congressman-elect Greg Gianforte has been sentenced to 40 hours community service and a $385 fine for assaulting Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs  —  Montana Republican gets community service and $385 fine after pleading guilty to assaulting Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs on the eve of Gianforte's election
Cale-Guthrie Weissman / Fast Company:
The New York Times vows to stand by the Public Theater as a corporate sponsor despite Trump-Julius Caesar controversy, citing free speech  —  New York's venerated theater organization, the Public Theater, is facing a PR disaster over its long-running free “Shakespeare in the Park” series.
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
‘Facebook is only half in’: Creators doubt Facebook's commitment to original programming  —  Publishers are happy to take Facebook's funding for original video programming, but several existing and potential content partners expressed doubts that the company is committed to short-form shows for the long run.
Discussion: Variety and Fortune
Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: Facebook is near a deal to revive Loosely Exactly Nicole, canceled after one season on MTV, in its push to bulk up original video programming  —  ‘Loosely Exactly Nicole’ was canceled after one season on MTV, but the social media giant is near a deal to revive it for a second season.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Facebook is building feature to let users subscribe to news publications, expected by end of year; talks ongoing around payment model, Instant Articles  —  Facebook may soon help its users do something unfamiliar on the platform: pay for news by building a feature that would allow users …
Associated Press:
Memo: Associated Press promotes Chief White House Correspondent Julie Pace to Washington bureau chief  —  Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Sally Buzbee today announced a key appointment: White House Correspondent Julie Pace is AP's new Washington bureau chief.
Discussion: HuffPost, Adweek, @philiprucker and HuffPost
Paul Bass / New Haven Independent:
Hearst buys New Haven Register and other local news outlets, reportedly for under $50M, plans to hire ten new journalists  —  As print-daily newsrooms continue to shrink across the nation, the New Haven Register's new corporate boss said he plans to add reporters and increase local coverage.
Discussion: @mattcdata
Michael Getler / European Journalism Observatory:
A former ombudsman at PBS and The Washington Post on why the role of the public editor is the most effective check on press transparency and accountability  —  The recent news that The New York Times is eliminating the position of Public Editor—sometimes called an ombudsman …
Discussion: @kathyenglish
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Fox News names Ron Mitchell, previously senior producer of “The O'Reilly Factor”, as VP of story development and primetime programming, promotes five others
Discussion: TVNewser and Deadline
Alexios Mantzarlis / Poynter:
Analysis shows that conservative websites are far more likely to attack fact-checkers than their liberal counterparts
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Apple's new third-party ad tracker blocker in Safari will further entrench the dominance of Google and Facebook in web advertising
Discussion: Monday Note
 Earlier Picks: 
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
How a false tweet about Comey from pro-Trump activist Jack Posobiec ricocheted to Breitbart, Infowars, Limbaugh, and Hannity on Fox News
Ramsey Tesdell / Nieman Lab:
Egyptian news site Mada Masr launches reader-funded model, with memberships ranging from $50 to $2,000/year, to maintain editorial independence, build community
Discussion: @catherinecornet
Washpostpr / Washington Post:
The Washington Post is experimenting with audio articles using Amazon Polly, a service that converts article text into lifelike speech