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10:20 PM ET, June 23, 2018


 Top News: 
Laura McGann / Vox:
Study: male DC journalists reply on Twitter to other male journalists 92% of the time, retweet other men 69% of the time, and 62% of follows are other men  —  A new study reveals why female journalists are so much less influential on Twitter than men.  —  Anyone that follows Beltway Twitter knows it's …
Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix fires PR head Jonathan Friedland; CEO Hastings memo: his use of the N-word at least twice “showed unacceptably low racial awareness and sensitivity”  —  In lengthy internal memo, CEO Reed Hastings addressed letting go top communications executive Jonathan Friedland …
Jonathan Handel / Hollywood Reporter:
Study: 16% of 651 films released theatrically in 2017 were directed by women, 12% of films with $250K+ box office take directed by women, 10% by people of color  —  “Every aspect of the entire system disadvantages women and people of color," charged guild president Thomas Schlamme.
Discussion: The Wrap, DGA and Mashable
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Facebook has hired a team that will try to spot vulnerabilities in its systems before bad actors exploit them, to prevent abuses like 2016 US elections debacle  —  Silicon Valley's giants are looking for future crises before they happen.  —  In an attempt to spot vulnerabilities in its system …
Tamar Auber / Mediaite:
Amid national furor over Trump admin's policy of separating children from their families, White House has not held a press briefing since Monday  —  It has been a busy week at the White House as questions continue to swirl around the family separation policy at our nation's southern border …
Discussion: The Guardian and Fox News
Wall Street Journal:
How tensions between Comcast CEO Brian Roberts and 21st Century Fox Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch have complicated Comcast's efforts to buy 21st Century Fox  —  Tensions between Comcast CEO Brian Roberts and 21st Century Fox's Rupert Murdoch have complicated Comcast's pursuit of the biggest media deal in years
Etan Vlessing / Hollywood Reporter:
SiriusXM Radio owner Liberty Media pulled proposed $1.16B cash injection for iHeartMedia after iHeartMedia rejected Liberty's ask for a 40% stake in return  —  The largest U.S. radio company rejected the proposed cash injection for a 40 percent stake from the investment company controlled by John Malone.
Rong-Gong Lin II / Los Angeles Times:
Sources: Trump administration directive instructs USGS scientist to seek approval before agreeing to interview requests  —  A new directive from the Trump administration instructs federal scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey to get approval from its parent agency before agreeing …
H.G. Watson / Nieman Lab:
Micropayments generate less than $100K/year for The Winnipeg Free Press after three years, but the data gathered helps with targeted subscription selling  —  Three years in, the Winnipeg Free Press' attempt to get readers to pay by the article is still producing less than $100,000 a year …
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Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Facebook's blend of AI and humans to screen ads continues to snare non-political ads and legitimate news, angering some publishers as the process gets refined
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
United Talent Agency partners with Cadence13 to create Ramble, a podcast network devoted exclusively to online creators
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 Earlier Picks: 
Julia Jacobo / ABC News:
ABC announces spinoff of Roseanne, with a working title of The Conners, coming this fall; Roseanne Barr will not be involved in the series
Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
Sources: National Enquirer sent copies of stories and covers related to Trump and opponents to Michael Cohen in advance, sometimes making changes after feedback
John G. Doe / YouTube Blog:
YouTube announces $4.99/mo Channel Memberships for eligible channels with 100K+ subscribers, Teespring merchandising, and Premieres to debut pre-recorded videos