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6:00 PM ET, June 17, 2018


 Top News: 
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
Tronc's sale of Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune to Patrick Soon-Shiong will close on Monday after long negotiations over service agreements  —  Biotech billionaire Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong on Monday will take control of the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune …
Ryan Parker / Hollywood Reporter:
Legendary Entertainment's site the Nerdist removes references to founder and former podcast host Chris Hardwick after his ex-girlfriend's unnamed abuse claims  —  “Chris Hardwick had no operational involvement with Nerdist for the two years preceding the expiration of his contract in December 2017.
Jackie Strause / Hollywood Reporter:
AMC pulls Chris Hardwick's talk show and appearances on panels at San Diego Comic-Con after abuse allegations from ex-girlfriend  —  The decision comes one day after Hardwick's ex-girlfriend, Chloe Dykstra, claimed he sexually assaulted her.  —  AMC has pulled Chris Hardwick's talk show …
Jaclyn Peiser / New York Times:
Blockchain-based media startup Civil funds an effort by five former Denver Post reporters and three editors to launch The Colorado Sun by the end of 2018  —  They left The Denver Post amid newsroom layoffs and interference in the editorial process by the newspaper's hedge-fund owners.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Quoting and stating false claims as facts inadvertently lends them credibility and helps spread Trump's narrative and lies  —  THE MORNING PLUM:  —  One of the most important but overlooked lessons in the bombshell report on the handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation is that bad-faith …
A look at some of the journalism ads flagged as political by Facebook, showing how Facebook's screening policies are creating problems for media organizations  —  One ad couldn't have been more obviously political.  Targeted to people aged 18 and older, it urged them to “vote YES” …
Mathew Ingram / Columbia Journalism Review:
A look at NGOs' journalistic work, how it is impacting partnerships with traditional media, and issues with blurring the lines between advocacy and reporting  —  It was an impressive display of journalism: An in-depth look at Amazon's marketing of a controversial facial recognition software product to US law enforcement.
Krista Kapralos / Nieman Reports:
Overseas news coverage requires reporters who speak local languages and understand local customs so that information is filtered in a culturally appropriate way  —  At Global Press Journal, speaking the local languages and understanding local customs is key to telling culturally appropriate stories
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: Roseanne Barr has agreed in principle to waive her rights to “Roseanne” clearing a major hurdle for the proposed spin-off of the show  —  Should a new take on the successful revival move forward, the WGA has made it clear any series will retain the comedian's credit.
Discussion: The A.V. Club and Vanity Fair
Cynthia Mitchell / Poynter:
How The Cannabist went from near profitable cannabis media darling to aggregation site with no full-time staff and how The Cannifornian may avoid the same fate  —  Ricardo Baca was at his desk in the heart of The Denver Post's (then) downtown newsroom on Nov. 7, 2016, plotting strategy for what he called …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Letting AT&T buy Time Warner was wrong since it conflated internet platforms with providers after the government made a weak case  —  Let's read 170 pages of dunking on Professor Carl Shapiro together  —  AT&T and Time Warner won a historic court victory this week …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Time Warner changes its name to WarnerMedia, new CEO John Stankey says it will need to develop “new plays” to keep up with a fast-changing industry  —  One day after completing its acquisition of Time Warner, AT&T announced a new name for the media company: WarnerMedia.
Discussion: Fast Company
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