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3:30 PM ET, June 6, 2019


 Top News: 
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Craig Newmark gives $6M to Consumer Reports, the largest donation in the history of the 80+ year organization, as it expands its coverage of the tech industry  —  An entrepreneur who made a fortune thanks to his digital disruption of the newspaper industry has joined forces …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Q&A with The Atlantic's Adrienne LaFrance and Jeffrey Goldberg on hiring and promoting women; Goldberg says print cover writers are almost exclusively white men  —  It's not a shocker that a lot has changed at The Atlantic since it was founded all the way back in 1857.
YouTube Blog:
YouTube says it will “remove content denying that well-documented violent events, like the Holocaust or the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, took place”  —  Over the past few years, we've been investing in the policies, resources and products needed to live up to our responsibility …
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
YouTube suspends monetization of Steven Crowder's channel after continued review finds “pattern of egregious actions” that are against Partner Program policies  —  Right-wing performer gay-bashed a Vox reporter for years.  They initially declined to do anything, then ‘demonetized’ him …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
YouTube updates guidelines to ban videos that promote the superiority of any group to justify discrimination, resulting in the removal of thousands of channels
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Barack and Michelle Obama's company, Higher Ground Productions, strikes a multiyear deal with Spotify to produce exclusive podcasts for the platform  —  President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are the latest to jump into the podcast game, under a pact with Spotify to produce a series …
Two police raids in two days on Australia's national broadcaster and the home of a prominent journalist raise concerns about press freedom in Australia
Federal police raid the Sydney headquarters of Australia's ABC News in relation to claims of publishing classified material in a 2017 series, The Afghan Files
Daily Hive:
CNN hires the Toronto Star's Daniel Dale as a reporter on the fact-checking beat in Washington DC  —  After 11 years, The Toronto Star's Daniel Dale is leaving his position as their Washington bureau chief.  —  The award-winning political reporter says he will be working with CNN …
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
As companies like Charter and Comcast shift focus to lucrative broadband services, they are pulling back on discounts used for years to retain TV subscribers  —  - Charter, Comcast shares rise despite surge in cord cutters  — Profits grow as providers show low-profit customers the door
Discussion: Awful Announcing
Dan Kennedy /
As GateHouse Media lays off hundreds, considers a merger with Gannett, and consolidates papers, the company seems desperate to reach economies of scale  —  In his book “The Inevitable,” the technology journalist Kevin Kelly writes, “The future happens very slowly and then all at once.”
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Judge issues tentative ruling, sides with Fox in its suit against Netflix alleging it induced Fox executives to breach their contracts to work for Netflix  —  A Los Angeles Superior Court judge rejects Netflix's view that Fox's employment contracts are tainted with illegality.
Discussion: Bloomberg, Deadline and Variety
Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:
Hundreds of Vox Media workers stage a one-day walkout to pressure management to sign a union contract; an editor says SBNation won't cover the NBA finals Game 3  —  - Employees aren't writing or editing stories on Thursday  — ‘This was a hard decision,’ SBNation editor says on Twitter
Laure Siegel / Club de Mediapart:
Colleagues of Arnaud Dubus, a journalist who died by suicide, cite the working conditions of freelance foreign correspondents among the reasons for his death  —  A statement co-written by colleagues of Arnaud Dubus from the Thai branch of the “Union de la presse francophone”.
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Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
Without mentioning climate change, EPA chief Andrew Wheeler faulted the media for the rise of bad environmental news
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Philanthropist Herb Sandler, who funded ProPublica's launch and chaired its board until 2016, has died
Etan Vlessing / Hollywood Reporter:
Viacom says it will debut Pluto TV Latino, a version of its streaming service with Spanish-language channels, in US on July 1 and in Latin America in early 2020
Pew Research Center:
Survey: 50% of Americans say made-up news is a very big problem today, more than climate change; 68% say it impacts confidence in government institutions