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8:40 AM ET, June 18, 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 …
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.
Rolling Stone promotes Jason Fine to editor, in advance of the relaunch of its magazine, website, and live events business in July  —  Rolling Stone has named Jason Fine as editor in advance of the relaunch of the magazine, website and live event business in July.
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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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.
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 …
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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