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1:55 PM ET, June 29, 2019


 Top News: 
Julian Borger / The Guardian:
Putin tells Trump that he, too, has the “problem” of “fake news” in Russia; CPJ says 26 journalists have been murdered in Russia since Putin became president  —  US president voices disdain for ‘fake news’ at G20 and makes light of election meddling  —  Play Video
J. Breen Mitchell / WFMJ-TV:
Days after its 150th birthday, The Vindicator in Youngstown, Ohio, announces it will stop production; sources say the paper's final issue will be in mid-August  —  After more than a century, The Vindicator will permanently cease production.  —  According to sources, the paper's final issue will be published in mid-August.
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Report: multiple publishers have been unimpressed with revenue from Apple News+; one said revenue has been one twentieth of what Apple said it would be  —  Apple News+ seems to be floundering just months after its launch, according to new details from participating magazine publishers shared by Business Insider.
Dominic Patten / Deadline:
NBC's second Democratic candidate debate attracted 18.1M viewers, topping 2015's Clinton-Sanders debate by 2.6M and attracting 9M streaming viewers  —  UPDATE, 12:01 PM: Looks like the viewership estimations for the second Democratic debate were as conservative as frontrunner Joe Biden.
Pew Research Center:
Pew survey: 70% of Republicans say fact-checkers tend to favor one side, compared with 29% of Democrats, a 41 percentage point difference  —  As fact-checking organizations are increasingly being tapped to fight against misinformation, Republicans appear to have serious concerns about the fairness of these groups.
Discussion: @pewresearch
Cristina Tardáguila / Poynter:
Why US fact-checkers don't collaborate as one organization: Trump could target a single group, multiple fact-checkers can validate each other's work, more  —  It's been a week since U.S. President Donald Trump officially launched his reelection campaign at a rally in Orlando, Florida, and heated up the path toward 2020.
Washington Post:
WaPo's Arc introduces Broadcast, a mobile app that allows journalists to launch live video streams on multiple sites and social media platforms simultaneously  —  Arc Publishing today introduced Broadcast, a first-of-its-kind mobile app that allows journalists to stream high-quality live video …
Max Willens / Digiday:
Quartz lays off seven business-side employees; 10% of the company staff has either left voluntarily or been laid off in the past year  —  When Quartz launched in 2012, branded content and custom advertising were its bread and butter.  Today, hoping to transform itself into a membership-focused media company …
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
YouTube's use of demonetization as a form of punishment is not the same as moderation and does not work on major creators who have other sources of revenue  —  Steven Crowder's case is a perfect example  —  When YouTube wanted to punish political pundit Steven Crowder amid widespread outcry …
Nieman Lab:
WSJ's Project Habit analyzed behavior driving retention, like newsletter signups and loyalty to a beat, and optimized reader onboarding to instill these habits  —  The Journal went on a quest to identify the user actions — an app download, an article share, repeat reading …
Discussion: Talking Biz News
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Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed News:
A look at a dispute among Wikipedia administrators and some on the Wikimedia Foundation board after a prolific, long-serving administrator was banned for a year
Daniel Frankel / Multichannel News:
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