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5:50 PM ET, July 2, 2019

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Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
Survey of layoffs and closures in media between Jan and June 2019: thousands were laid off or offered a buyout; industry is on course for worst year since 2009  —  Between January and May this year, approximately 3,000 people working in the news industry were laid off or offered a buyout.
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Samantha Sunne / Poynter:
Of the 65 journalists laid off at New Orleans' Times-Picayune, 19 plan to remain as journalists in the city; The Advocate hired 10, 3 with grant-funded salaries
Facebook:
Facebook updates News Feed ranking algorithm to reduce the distribution of sensational health claims or promotion of products with health-related claims  —  People come together on Facebook to talk about, advocate for, and connect around things like nutrition, fitness and health issues.
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Study finds gains in Trump's standing in polls in 2016 closely correlated with high levels of social media activity by the Internet Research Agency  —  The study does not prove Russian interference swung the election to Trump.  But it did find Trump's poll numbers improved when Russian trolls were active.
Discussion: firstmonday.org, CNN, Boing Boing and Reason
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
IJR, launched in 2013 by former Republican operative Alex Skatell, lays off four staffers as it prepares to transition to nonprofit status in the fall  —  Independent Journal Review, a millennial-focused website that soared in popularity during the 2016 election for its viral news with a conservative bent …
Discussion: @davejorgenson
Todd Spangler / Variety:
NBC News Now hires former Fox and WSJ reporter Alison Morris as its first full-time anchor, after launching the free streaming service in May  —  NBC News Now, five weeks after the free streaming service's launch, has a full-time anchor: Alison Morris, who most recently was with Fox Corp.'s Fox 5 in New York.
John Koblin / New York Times:
Talk shows have struggled on Netflix, which has canceled three so far, because the format is based on timeliness and on creating a habit in viewers  —  Netflix upended the entertainment business by successfully moving into nearly every genre — scripted dramas, comedies, stand-up specials …
Kevin Poulsen / The Daily Beast:
Federal prosecutors indict a NC man on a single count of transmitting an interstate threat, after his March tweet threatening Qasim Rashid, a Muslim candidate  —  The tweet ominously threatened Virginia Senate candidate Qasim Rashid with an infamous photo from a 1915 lynching and the phrase “View your destiny.”
Brian Barrett / Wired:
Loss of ebooks bought in Microsoft's book section is a reminder that digital rights management is defective by design as goods don't really belong to the buyer  —  YOUR ITUNES MOVIES, your Kindle books—they're not really yours.  You don't own them.  You've just bought a license that allows …
Seb Joseph / Digiday:
Sources: WPP to stop participating in Accenture-supervised ad pitches starting in 2020, as WPP says Accenture could use the data to undercut its pitch price  —  A spat between WPP and Accenture is turning ugly.  The agency group is refusing to share its media data with Accenture for a media audit …
Discussion: @tinafegent and @digiday
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Twitch streamers are struggling to understand the precedent set by a mere two-week ban of popular streamer Dr Disrespect for streaming in a public bathroom  —  'Twitch is saying there's no real consequences'  —  There was no question that Dr Disrespect's ban from Twitch would be temporary …
Kate Taylor / Business Insider:
Survey of people between 13 and 21 years old finds that 59% list social media as their top news source, with 65% checking Instagram daily  —  - Gen Z's go-to source for political news is Instagram.  — About 65% of respondents told Business Insider they checked Instagram daily …
Erik Hayden / Hollywood Reporter:
Simon and Schuster to publish a book by CNN's Brian Stelter on the relationship between Trump and Fox News, in 2020  —  The ‘Reliable Sources’ anchor will pen an untitled book looking at the network's relationship with the president, set to publish in 2020.
Discussion: The Hill
 
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Epidemic Sound, a search engine for video producers looking to license music for soundtracks, raises $20M at a reported $370M valuation
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