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9:30 AM ET, June 7, 2019

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Lauren Hirsch / CNBC:
Activist firm Elliott Management to buy Barnes & Noble for ~$683M including debt; in the past five years, B&N has lost more than $1 billion in market value  —  KEY POINTS  —  Activist firm Elliott Management announced Friday it plans to acquire bookseller Barnes & Noble for roughly $683 million, including debt.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: WarnerMedia abandons plan for a three-tiered streaming service, will likely package HBO, Cinemax, and the Warner Bros. library together for $16-$17/mo  —  New package is expected to include HBO, Cinemax and Warner Bros. content for barely more than HBO's current streaming service
Jacob Granger / Journalism.co.uk:
Study of 212 leading news organizations in US and Europe finds 69% of newspapers operate some form of online pay model, up just 5.5% in two years  —  RISJ report found that 69 per cent of US and European newspapers use some form of paywall - but that figure has only risen by 5.5 per cent in two years
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Meredith's Entertainment Weekly is going to a monthly print schedule and gets a new EIC, J.D. Heyman, replacing Henry Goldblatt; July 5 is last weekly edition  —  The frequency change takes effect in August.  —  Entertainment Weekly will no longer be a weekly magazine starting in August …
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Cindy Vanegas-Gesaule, BuzzFeed News head of programming, adds oversight of film and TV projects to her role, replacing Lauren Dolgen, who left BuzzFeed in May  —  Cindy Vanegas-Gesaule is adding oversight of film and TV projects to her existing role as head of programming for BuzzFeed News.
Discussion: Fortune and The Wrap
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
Del Harvey / Twitter:
Twitter simplifies the language for its rules and reorganizes them into three high-level categories: safety, privacy, and authenticity  —  Our rules exist to help keep everyone using Twitter safe and ensure they can participate freely in the public conversation.
David Chrisinger / New York Times:
A look back at the reporting of Ernie Pyle and how the beaches of Normandy changed the way America's most famous war correspondent reported what he saw  —  Most of the men in the first wave never stood a chance.  In the predawn darkness of June 6, 1944, thousands of American soldiers crawled …
Matthew Kassel / Columbia Journalism Review:
Some journalists are returning to their hometowns to work, citing the benefits of meaningful work, strong emotional connections, and trust from sources  —  It's quite possible that Caitlin Dewey owes her career in journalism to The Buffalo News.  She grew up in the suburban town of Wheatfield …
Christopher Tolve / The Drum:
Cybersecurity company Cheq estimates ad fraud at $23B in 2019; World Federation of Advertisers estimates 30% of ads are unseen by customers  —  Global ad fraud is predicted to cost an unprecedented $23bn this year and could reach $30bn including indirect economic and social costs …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
To better compete with TikTok, Instagram adds song lyrics for Stories using the Music sticker  —  Lip-syncing jumpstarted TikTok's rise to the center of teen culture, arguably displacing Instagram .  Now the Facebook-owned app is striking back with a new feature that lets you displays lyrics …
 
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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
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
Discussion: Awful Announcing
Mark Di Stefano / BuzzFeed:
Major media outlets, including the Daily Beast and WaPo, fail to fact-check and wrongly report a story about Dutch teenager being euthanized, issue corrections
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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
Peter Greste / The Guardian:
While the Australian laws behind the media raids include a “public interest” defense, the country should instead pass a law explicitly protecting press freedom
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