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8:25 AM ET, June 18, 2018


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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 …
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.
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Startup hopes to foster dialogue among commenters via a plugin that tracks how much of the article has been read and a homepage for debate  —  The battle against the uncivil comments section is also a battle against high bounce rates for
Tim Peterson / Digiday:
Publishers like Vox Media and BuzzFeed Studios signing deals with Hollywood talent agencies to help them land video deals for original programming  —  Vox Media likely wouldn't have been able to sell its upcoming show, “American Style,” to CNN without the help of Hollywood talent agency WME.
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
Isobel Asher Hamilton / Business Insider:
Over 400 Washington Post employees have signed an open letter to owner Jeff Bezos requesting fair benefits and wages  —  - More than 400 Washington Post employees addressed an open letter to owner Jeff Bezos.  — They signed a petition calling for fair pay, benefits, and job security, decrying “shocking” current practices.
Ian Mohr / Page Six:
Moira Donegan, creator of the Shitty Media Men list, is working on a book about it, likely to primarily be a critique of sexism in media  —  Moira Donegan — the journalist who created the “S - -  tty Media Men” list — is shopping a “S - -  tty Media Men” book, sources exclusively tell Page Six.
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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 …
Anna Marum / Columbia Journalism Review:
For Oregon government coverage, smaller newsrooms mean more reliance on AP, fewer daily updates on bills, and less frequent but more in-depth original reporting  —  SAUL HUBBARD WAS AN INTERN at the Register-Guard in Eugene, Oregon, when the paper tapped him to cover the state capitol and sent him to Salem in 2011.
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 …
Jeffery C. Mays / New York Times:
Boston Globe has suspended columnist Kevin Cullen for 3 months without pay after review found fabrications in public remarks he had made about marathon bombing  —  The Boston Globe suspended its columnist Kevin Cullen for three months without pay on Friday after a review found fabricated details …
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