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4:00 PM ET, June 27, 2019


 Top News: 
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
Following criticism, Twitter rolls out a notice for tweets from political figures, verified users, and accounts with 100K+ followers that break its guidelines  —  The platform has been criticized for letting politicians break the rules without consequence  —  Today, Twitter is rolling …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Bustle Digital Group buys media brand Nylon, formerly a print magazine, for an undisclosed sum; its previous owner will become a minority BDG owner  —  Bustle Digital Group's Bryan Goldberg is back with more M&A: In the latest prong in Goldberg's roll-up strategy, BDG closed a deal to buy Nylon …
Discussion: Folio, MediaPost, Adweek, Fashionista and Jezebel
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
AP and the Google News Initiative are building a way for newsrooms to share content and plans, starting with a pilot involving about two dozen NY publishers  —  “We're living in an age of journalism where people want to help each other and are prioritizing collaboration over competition.
Discussion: @niemanlab and Associated Press
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
The Correspondent outlines its pre- and post-launch budget; it plans to hire five full-time journalists around the world and at least five freelancers a month  —  With just over 90 days until its official launch, the English-language — remember, not just U.S. — expansion of De Correspondent …
Discussion: The Correspondent
NBC's first Democratic debate attracted 15.26M viewers from NBC, MSNBC, and Telemundo, according to Nielsen, and 9M streaming viewers, according to the network  —  The numbers are in from the first night of the Democratic presidential debates and it looks like — despite technical difficulties — NBC managed to score.
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Washington Post moves into Spanish language journalism with twice-a-week podcast and opinion columns  —  New York (CNN Business)The Washington Post's next expansion is in another language.  The company's newsroom is launching a twice-a-week Spanish language podcast and the opinion section is beginning to publish pieces in Spanish.
Discussion: @jciragorri
Charlie McGee / Wall Street Journal:
CEOs in S&P's communications services sector, which include media, telecom, and social networking companies, posted a median CEO pay of $22.6M  —  Their median compensation of $22.6 million last year ranked as the highest for any S&P 500 sector  —  Media titans came under heavy scrutiny …
James Walker / Press Gazette:
UK's culture secretary opens a probe into the Evening Standard and Independent after they received investments earlier this year from companies with Saudi links  —  Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright has opened an investigation into the Evening Standard and Independent after an investor with …
Discussion: UK Parliament
Simon Owens / What's New in Publishing:
Bundled news subscriptions struggle because publishers have no incentive to advertise bundles over their own offerings, and bundles have no exclusive content  —  Earlier this month, a company called Mogul News launched a news app that curates article content from three media outlets: Bloomberg, The Financial Times, and The Economist.
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Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Publishers Association finds UK physical book sales fell by £168M, or 5.4%, in 2018, while audiobook sales surged by 43% to £69M  —  Publishers hit by surprise 5.4% fall in 2018 - but warn against proclaiming terminal decline  —  UK book sales fell for the first time in five years in 2018 …
Discussion: @cmccrudden
Carol LeBlanc /
Michael Caruso, editor in chief of Smithsonian Magazine, will step down at the end of June  —  It is with fondness and appreciation for his accomplishments that I announce that Michael Caruso, the Editor in Chief of Smithsonian magazine and the Vice President of Live Events, is stepping down from his position at the end of June.
Kelly McBride / Poynter:
How editors weighed competing values in deciding to post the photo of drowning victims Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his daughter Valeria at the Rio Grande  —  Editor's note: You can see the photo this column references by scrolling all the way to the end of this story.
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