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8:20 PM ET, June 21, 2017


 Top News: 
AP News:
The Wall Street Journal fires foreign affairs correspondent Jay Solomon after evidence emerges about his involvement in a prospective business deal with source  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Wall Street Journal has fired its highly regarded chief foreign affairs correspondent after evidence emerged …
Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed:
An inside look at how The Guardian's US operation has struggled to crack America, with some sources comparing it to a glorified foreign bureau for the UK paper  —  The Guardian's US newsroom didn't become the voice of the Bernie left during the election.  It didn't break huge campaign scoops.
Austen Hufford / Wall Street Journal:
Many media startups are relying on unpaid student writers to fill their site with content, like Spoon University, which once had ~8,000 unpaid student writers  —  Chapter-based, for-profit media companies like Spoon University and Odyssey have been popping up in college markets across the U.S.
Tom Glaisyer / DemocracyFund:
Democracy Fund and Knight Foundation pledge $2M during 2017 in campaign for nonprofit journalism, with $750K aimed at helping organizations find sustainability  —  This piece was co-authored by Tom Glaisyer and Jennifer Preston at Knight Foundation  —  We believe that journalism is essential …
Discussion: @jcstearns and @jcstearns
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Periscope debuts Super Hearts, which viewers can buy in-app using virtual coins starting at $0.99, earning creators a monthly pay-out  —  Periscope has a new revenue stream and a new way to attract the best live video content to its Twitter-owned app.  Today Periscope launches Super Hearts …
Caysey Welton / Folio:
Rodale hires advisers Allen & Company to explore the company's strategic options, including a possible sale  —  Rodale might be for sale.  Or it might not be.  That was the announcement the company sent out today.  —  In a release received by Folio: this afternoon, the company states …
Chris O'Brien / VentureBeat:
Dailymotion relaunches video platform with a focus on premium content and four themes: news, sports, music, and entertainment  —  In an effort to make a fresh start, Dailymotion announced today that it is reinventing its video platform with a narrower focus and a new premium service that features quality over users' videos.
Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab:
A look at how The Economist is using Medium to give readers an inside look at its reporting and production via its Inside The Economist blog  —  “We're always asking: How do I know that I'm not wasting my time on a platform by chasing vanity metrics?  If we focus on traffic, we miss quality."
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Jeff Levick, Spotify's ex-head of revenue, joins Players' Tribune as CEO; he is tasked with expanding the company outside the US, creating a subscription model  —  It's Jeff Levick, who used to be at Spotify.  —  The Players' Tribune, the startup that's supposed to deliver sports stories …
Discussion: @mgsiegler, @hunterwalk and @joshelman
Matt Rosoff / CNBC:
Jeff Bezos advice at Future of Newspapers conference: ads alone won't support investigative journalism; hire, don't eliminate workers; and ask people to pay  —  Jeff Bezos made his fortune founding Amazon, and spent $250 million of that fortune buying The Washington Post in 2013.
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
Civil, a blockchain-based system to fund journalism, plans to offer CVL tokens and seeks to sign up 10K users and 100 journalists  —  It's no secret, of course, that many news organizations are struggling to find sustainable business models, finance ambitious reporting, and build trust with audience.
Discussion: Medium, @join_civil and @matthewiles
Mădălina Ciobanu /
Media research firm Kaleida launches The Attention Index, an open-source algorithm to measure the quality and impact of stories  —  The index looks at whether a story is featured prominently on the homepage and for how long, as well as how readers engage with it on Facebook, to measure attention
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Brendan Pierson / Reuters:
Former chief digital officer of Epix cable TV network, Emil Rensing, pleads guilty to wire fraud in a case that defrauded Epix of $7M+
Discussion: The Verge and Engadget
Nick Vivarelli / Variety:
France Televisions and Italy's RAI have signed a co-production pact to counter the rise of US streaming giants like Netflix and Amazon
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Millennial news site Mic raises $6.5M from WPP, one of the world's largest ad agencies, in addition to the Series C round it announced in April
Discussion: WPP
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
In a first for broadcasters, Fox to adopt six-second ads that are created internally and billed by viewable impressions
Discussion: Tubefilter, Adweek and Ad Age
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Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
McClatchy's ongoing digital transition: producing 29K pieces of local content a month, with 1K driving over half readership; print ads make up 25% of revenue
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
During an appearance on Fox & Friends, rumored White House Press Secretary candidate Laura Ingraham says the role is not one she's “dying to do”
Discussion: LifeZette, Forbes and HuffPost