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12:50 PM ET, June 26, 2018


 Top News: 
Thom Geier / The Wrap:
Spotify names Dawn Ostroff, president of entertainment at Conde Nast, its Chief Content Officer  —  Dawn Ostroff on Tuesday exited Conde Nast Entertainment to become the chief content officer of Spotify.  Ostroff, who will remain based in our New York City, will lead all aspects …
New York Times:
Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer to film a pilot episode of a talk show tentatively titled Sean Spicer's Common Ground, no network is attached  —  Ellen.  Oprah.  —  ... Sean?  —  Sean Spicer, arguably the world's most famous White House press secretary …
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Inside a fact-checking conference highlighting selection bias, automating searches, using video to reach a larger audience, and dealing with online hoaxes  —  ROME — Political fact-checkers from more than 50 countries gathered here to take stock of a fast-growing journalistic movement …
Discussion: Editor & Publisher
Daniel Holloway / Variety:
The Daily Beast and CBS Television Studios sign first-look deal covering development of the news site's daily published content for scripted TV  —  The Daily Beast and CBS Television Studios have signed a first-look deal covering development of the news website's daily published content for scripted TV.
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
USA Today Network is launching a conservative opinion newsletter, offering both aggregated content and original takes, similar to theSkimm  —  Since its founding in 1982, USA Today has prided itself on a feel for all 50 states that eludes East Coast media.  Now its network is launching …
Sean Burch / The Wrap:
Apple CEO Tim Cook says the company decided to rely on human editors to curate Apple News, over algorithms, because “news was kind of going a little crazy”  —  Tim Cook wants your news experience to be a little less stressful — and that's why Apple is leaning on humans …
Tina Dyakon / Poynter:
Barbara Allen, director of student media at Oklahoma State University, has been named Poynter's managing editor, effective from 16 July  —  The Poynter Institute, a global leader in journalism, today announced that veteran journalist and college journalism director Barbara Allen will assume …
James and Deborah Fallows have signed a deal with HBO to turn their new book “Our Towns” into a TV series, with plans to broadcast it in 2019  —  THE HOUSE is likely to vote on its new immigration bill as soon TOMORROW or Wednesday, sources tell us.
Discussion: Bloomberg, New York Times and Politico
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
Russell Crowe will star as Roger Ailes in the forthcoming television series about the ex-Fox News CEO, based on Gabriel Sherman's book  —  Showtime has given an eight-episode order to a limited series about Roger Ailes, with Oscar winner Russell Crowe set to star as the controversial Fox News founder in his US television debut.
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
A look at News Revenue Hub, an organization that facilitates memberships for more than 20 journalism organizations  —  “The best predictor of membership loyalty is whether an organization has been talking to their audiences already about their need to raise money.
Patrick Brzeski / Hollywood Reporter:
Wanda Film to acquire 96.8% stake in Wanda Media for $1.78B as part of restructuring plan, will invest in content production and online games  —  Wanda's U.S. film companies — AMC Entertainment and Legendary Entertainment — aren't included in the proposed deal, which aims to bring …
Discussion: Asia Times and China Film Insider
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Marlee Baldridge / Nieman Lab:
The Sacramento Bee is trying to increase its subscriptions from 15K to 60K within the next few years, to become completely sustained by reader revenue
Seb Joseph / Digiday:
Sources: programmatic ad spending, which saw steep declines after GDPR, has started to recover with some publishers' audience opt-in consent rates hitting 75%
The Daily Beast:
Sources: Fox News suspends contributor and former Trump aide David Bossie for two weeks after Bossie made a racist comment on Fox & Friends Weekend
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
In August, local Fox stations to air Phone Swap, a Vertical Networks dating show launched on Snapchat and averaging 10M viewers per episode across two seasons
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New York Times:
Days after comedian John Oliver mocked China's president Xi Jinping on his HBO program, HBO's website is blocked in China
David Beard / Poynter:
When Reveal tried promoting a story about a migrant center housing children on Facebook, Facebook labeled it a political ad and required Reveal to be registered