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4:15 PM ET, June 26, 2018

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Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Spotify hires Dawn Ostroff as chief content officer, to join in August; Ostroff had been president of Condé Nast Entertainment, the publisher's video studio  —  Spotify has hired Dawn Ostroff, a veteran television and video executive, as its new chief content officer …
Trevor Timm / The Intercept:
Reality Winner pleads guilty to violating the Espionage Act, agreeing to 63 months in prison, the longest known term for a violation linked to a media leak  —  Whistleblower Reality Winner entered into a plea deal with the Justice Department on Tuesday, ostensibly putting an end to her case …
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 …
Nicole Friedman / Wall Street Journal:
Iowa-based Lee Enterprises will operate BH Media's newspapers under a five-year deal for $5M/year and a cut of earnings over $34M; BH Media CEO to step down  —  Warren Buffett says the challenges to the industry are ‘clear,’ but ‘I believe we can benefit by joining efforts’
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.
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
Marlee Baldridge / Nieman Lab:
The MIT Technology Review has rebranded its design and print edition, which will now focus on one subject per issue, like blockchain  —  The rebrand expands each issue from a summary of articles into a small book discussing the past, present, and future of a single technology.
Discussion: Talking Biz News
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 …
Discussion: The New York Observer and @mathewi
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Sony is shutting down Sony Crackle, its ad-supported video service, in Canada on June 28  —  Sony Pictures is shuttering Sony Crackle in Canada: The ad-supported video service will be closing its doors in Canada on June 28.  Crackle Canada has been telling consumers about the closure …
Polly Curtis / HuffPost UK:
HuffPost UK, based in London, is relocating to Birmingham (UK) for a week and hosting an open newsroom in the city, as part of its HuffPost Listens project  —  We're setting up an open newsroom in the city centre and inviting people to tell us what really matters.  Here's why - and how you can get involved
Discussion: HoldtheFrontPage
Raf Casert / Associated Press:
A man rammed a van into the Amsterdam headquarters of one of the Netherlands' major national newspapers before setting the vehicle alight Tuesday  —  BRUSSELS (AP) — A man rammed a van into the Amsterdam headquarters of one of the Netherlands' major national newspapers before setting …
 
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Tina Dyakon / Poynter:
Barbara Allen, director of student media at Oklahoma State University, has been named Poynter's managing editor, effective from 16 July
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
A look at News Revenue Hub, an organization that facilitates memberships for more than 20 journalism organizations
TIME:
A look at the journalists fighting for press freedom across Southeast Asia, in the Philippines, Cambodia, Myanmar, Singapore, Vietnam, and Malaysia
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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%
Discussion: Beet.TV
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
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