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6:35 AM ET, June 15, 2018


 Top News: 
Business Wire:
AT&T has completed its $85.4B acquisition of Time Warner  —  AT&T Inc. has completed its acquisition of Time Warner Inc., bringing together global media and entertainment leaders Warner Bros., HBO and Turner with AT&T's leadership in technology and its video, mobile and broadband customer relationships.
Colin Deppen / The Incline:
Longtime Pittsburgh Post-Gazette cartoonist Rob Rogers says he was fired after going public with claims the paper rejected cartoons for political reasons  —  Rob Rogers said he felt editorial management was trying to turn him into a cartoonist he doesn't want to be before he was fired today …
The Nib:
Ten of the anti-Trump cartoons by Rob Rogers that the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette refused to publish  —  The paper suddenly won't run the work of veteran cartoonist and former Pulitzer finalist Rob Rogers' work for being too critical of Trump.  But we will.
Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
MacArthur Foundation awards $1M to Chicago nonprofit journalism lab City Bureau and $650K each to Free Spirit Media and Chicago Public Media  —  City Bureau, a 3-year-old nonprofit journalism lab on the South Side, will receive a $1 million grant from the MacArthur Foundation …
Fayaz Bukhari / Reuters:
Unidentified gunmen killed Syed Shujaat Bukhari, the editor of the Rising Kashmir newspaper, in India's Kashmir on Thursday  —  SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) - Unidentified gunmen shot dead a prominent newspaper editor and two security guards in India's Kashmir on Thursday, police said.
Jane Wakefield / BBC:
Reuters Institute study: usage of Facebook for news has declined in a number of countries including the US, as messaging apps like WhatsApp gain popularity  —  Fewer people are using Facebook to discover and discuss news, as messaging apps such as WhatsApp gain in popularity, a study has suggested.
Nieman Lab:
Reuters Institute report shows broadcasters and newspapers are more trusted worldwide than digital-born outlets or partisan sources  —  As Facebook moves to privilege “broadly trusted” sources in its News Feed, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism research shows that broadcasters …
Discussion: @niemanlab
Nathan McAlone / Business Insider:
PureWow owner to launch One37pm, a site for men focused on pop culture and entrepreneurship with no negative stories or wall between advertising and editorial  —  - After buying the women's lifestyle media brand PureWow in 2017, Gary Vaynerchuk's company is launching its first media brand under the Gallery Media Group umbrella.
Discussion: Digiday
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Quartz launching its first weekly TV show Facebook Watch this summer, “Quartz News”, a show about the global economy complemented by its bot  —  Quartz will be one of the 20 publishers launching a new Facebook Watch series this summer, with a new show about the global economy called …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Nuzzel launches NuzzelRank, which uses reader data, signals about engagement and authority, and business influencers to rank the authority of top news sources  —  Everyone from Elon Musk to AdBlock Plus wants to tell you which news sources are worth trusting.  Now news aggregator Nuzzel is joining in.
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Jon Levine / The Wrap:
Source: The Young Turks laid off at least five employees this week, including regular on-air talent Nomiki Konst and Hannah Cranston
Discussion: Nomiki Konst
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Vernon Loeb, Houston Chronicle managing editor, will be the Atlantic's politics editor starting in July as it seeks to double the size of its politics team
 Earlier Picks: 
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
News outlets should make sure to qualify and identify Trump's tweets as false in their headlines to avoid acting simply as retweets promoting his viewpoint
Net neutrality repeal and ruling in AT&T's favor will likely lead to more vertical integration by content providers and change how users experience the internet