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11:00 PM ET, July 2, 2018


 Top News: 
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Atlantic Media says it will sell its subsidiary Quartz to Japanese financial intelligence and media firm Uzabase for between $75M and $100M in cash and stock  —  Price of cash and stock deal tied to the business-news startup hitting certain financial goals  —  Quartz, the online business …
NBC News:
Melania Trump has earned an estimated $100K-$1M in 2017 in royalties from a deal with Getty Images that mandates photos be used in positive coverage  —  The first lady earned six figures from an agreement with Getty Images that paid royalties to the Trumps and mandated photos be used in positive coverage.
Jon Christian / BuzzFeed:
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
Harvey Weinstein faces three more charges: one count of criminal sexual act and two counts of felony predatory sexual assault, involving third woman, from 2006  —  Harvey Weinstein was indicted Monday on three additional felony sex charges, two of which carry the potential of life in prison.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Brian Ross and Rhonda Schwartz to leave ABC News after 24 years; Ross was suspended for four weeks in December following a flawed report on Flynn and Russia  —  Brian Ross, the veteran ABC News investigative correspondent who embarrassed the network late last year with an on-air report …
Cameron Clarke / The Drum:
Inside LinkedIn's journalism efforts, with 50 reporters on five continents producing a daily news digest, video interviews, a podcast, and data-driven stories  —  Having reached the point where more than a million posts, videos and articles are being shared on its platform every day …
New York Times:
Given the DOJ opposition to the AT&T/Comcast merger and the usual scrutiny of horizontal mergers, the speed of approval for the Disney/Fox deal seems political  —  The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher.  It is separate from the newsroom and the Op-Ed section.
Discussion: @gerryfsmith and Bloomberg
Freia Nahser / Data Journalism Awards:
Interview with Brazilian journalist Thiago Reis about a project that involved 230 journalists across Brazil last year to investigate murders  —  We talked to Thiago Reis, data journalist at G1—the digital news component of the biggest Brazilian media group Globo—and coordinator …
SPJ News:
Former AP editor Rod Hicks named SPJ's first Journalist on Call, to help journalists understand why they are distrusted by public and how to earn more trust  —  Contacts:  —  Alison Bethel McKenzie, SPJ Executive Director, 317-927-8000,
Free Press:
New Jersey approves $5M for the Civic Information Consortium, a collaborative nonprofit effort focused on improving the quantity and quality of local news  —  Contact: Timothy Karr, 201-533-8838  —  TRENTON — Late Sunday night, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy approved dedicating $5 million …
Cherie Hu / The Membership Puzzle Project:
Spotify or Netflix models for news won't work, as they rely on content that changes value over time, personalization, and utility while news relies on community  —  I spent the last few months trying to find the next “Spotify for news” — only to discover that it doesn't exist.
Discussion: @raju
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Annie Gowen / Washington Post:
Mob lynchings fueled by WhatsApp messages continue to sweep India as authorities struggle to combat fake news; five were killed by a rumor-driven mob on Sunday
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
DirecTV Now prices go up by $5/month, but two months ago, AT&T said in a court filing that buying Time Warner would “enable the merged company to reduce prices”
Discussion: CNBC, more at Techmeme »
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Defy Media sells movie, TV, and pop culture video brand Screen Junkies, best known for Honest Trailers web series, to Fandom for an undisclosed amount
Alexandria Neason / Columbia Journalism Review:
Journalists in California turn to student reporters to cover education, but turnover makes building institutional knowledge and cultivating sources difficult
 Earlier Picks: 
Nicholas Diakopoulos / Columbia Journalism Review:
AI won't replace reporters but could be used for fact-checking, automated interviews for comprehensive data collection, and more
Sources: Netflix has made a deal to pay $150M to own up to 35 billboards along Sunset Strip, which it will use exclusively for in-house advertising
Discussion: FierceCable and Fortune
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
Facebook hires Jesper Doub, CEO of German news site Spiegel Online, to head a news media partnership team to strengthen relations with European publishers
Bruce Haring / BlockTribune:
TaTaTu has raised $575M in an ICO via a private sale to further develop its blockchain-based social entertainment platform and finance the production of movies
Amanda Ripley / The Whole Story:
Journalists need to learn to amplify contradictions and widen the lens on paralyzing debates to cover controversial issues
Discussion: Nieman Lab