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3:55 PM ET, June 18, 2018

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Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
Los Angeles Times names Norman Pearlstine as executive editor; Pearlstine has served as an advisor to Soon-Shiong through ownership transition  —  Norman Pearlstine, who has spent 50 years in journalism helping shape some of the nation's most prominent publications — including Time Inc. magazines …
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Patrick Soon-Shiong / Los Angeles Times:
A copy of the letter to readers from new LA Times owner Dr Patrick Soon-Shiong that appeared in Sunday's paper and the San Diego Union-Tribune  —  Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong will become the new owner of the Los Angeles Times and the San Diego Union-Tribune on Monday, when the sale is expected to be finalized.
Joe Mozingo / Los Angeles Times:
As the LA Times returns to local ownership after 18 years, a look at its history under owners from a Civil War colonel to Sam Zell  —  The Los Angeles Times rose to prominence under the leadership of a bellicose, union-busting Civil War colonel who kept an arsenal of shotguns in the newsroom …
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Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
Sources: Tronc is in talks about selling nine of its properties, including the Chicago Tribune, the New York Daily News, and the Baltimore Sun  —  What will happen to the price of Tronc shares as investors, a good number of speculators among them, assess the post-L.A. Times value …
Discussion: @newsbyschmidt
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:   Sargent McCormick says he and other investors have formed a venture fund to raise money to acquire the Chicago Tribune or become Tronc's largest shareholder
Keach Hagey / Wall Street Journal:
Katie Couric's production company to produce short-form online video series for digital media company theSkimm, sponsored by Procter & Gamble  —  Broadcaster will beef up her production company with the aim of finding sponsors and distribution outlets  —  Does a brand-name journalist need a brand-name platform to succeed?
Katherine Maher / WIRED UK:
As tech firms like Facebook and Google lean more on Wikipedia to fight disinformation, Wikimedia Foundation says they should do more to support the site  —  If big tech companies are going to use Wikipedia as a resource, they should better support its important work, says the executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Robert Feder:
Chicago Sun-Times sells alt-weekly The Chicago Reader to group led by Dorothy Leavell, publisher of the African-American Chicago Crusader  —  The Chicago Reader, the city's leading alternative weekly for 47 years, has been sold to a group led by Dorothy Leavell, publisher of the African-American Chicago Crusader.
Discussion: Chicago Tribune
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
YouTube Music and YouTube Premium launch in 12 new markets, including Canada, the U.K., France, Germany, and Russia  —  YouTube today expanded YouTube Music and YouTube Premium to the services' first new markets since they officially debuted last month.  —  The Google-owned video-streaming …
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Indian police have linked dozens of murders and serious assaults to fake news being spread via WhatsApp  —  App blamed for circulating false information in India, Brazil, Kenya and now the UK  —  Abijeet Nath and Nilotpal Das were driving back from a visit to a waterfall in the Indian province …
 
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Jacob Bernstein / New York Times:
Inside Interview Magazine as owner Peter Brant plots its return after filing for bankruptcy in May and while former staff fume over unpaid wages
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
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Edmund Lee / New York Times:
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Eric Johnson / Recode:
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Rolling Stone promotes Jason Fine to editor, in advance of the relaunch of its magazine, website, and live events business in July
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