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11:50 AM ET, May 14, 2020

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 Top News: 
David Cohen / Adweek:
LinkedIn Editorial is rebranding to LinkedIn News; the team now has 76 editors across 15 countries and the Daily Rundown is received by 46M users  —  Rebranding aims to drive editorial recognition and build user trust  —  LinkedIn is rebranding its editorial team from LinkedIn Editorial …
Discussion: @markscott82 and @kerrymflynn
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
Forbes restructures its pay scale for contributors, ending the $500 guarantee for writers with seven monthly posts and reducing the repeat-reader bonus 80%  —  Forbes quietly restructured its pay scale for contributors amid the coronavirus pandemic, ending the $500 guarantee for any writer …
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Mark J. Rochester / Poynter:
Investigative journalism, long criticized for lacking diversity, has recently made progress, as journalists of color head news operations and win awards  —  Journalists of color have taken the helm of investigative news operations and claimed some of the most prestigious investigative journalism awards
@kerrymflynn:
Quartz CEO says even with 17K paid subscribers, the company is laying off 80 staff, closing physical offices in four locations as it seeks profitability by 2022  —  Quartz CEO Zach Seward's remarks to staff re today's layoffs: “This is no doubt the greatest challenge we have faced as a company.. I have made the very difficult decision to eliminate about 80 roles at Quartz and make other changes in order to improve the health of our business” https://twitter.com/...
Rachel Uranga / dot.LA:
According to state filings, studios, theaters, production companies, and entertainment venues have laid off or furloughed 14K+ workers in LA County since April  —  Hollywood, an economic engine that has powered Los Angeles since the dawn of television screens and movie cameras, has been devastated by stay-at-home orders.
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Kali Hays / WWD:
Lawsuit against New York mag and Joe Hagan filed by former CBS correspondent Lara Logan alleging career damage was dismissed Wednesday by a Texas federal judge  —  The now Fox News contributor had sought $25 million in retribution over a 2014 story on her retracted Benghazi report for CBS.
Allegra Hobbs / Study Hall:
Civil, which began with the intent to launch dozens of sites supported by a blockchain-based platform and the CVL token, fell short of fixing media funding woes  —  In the summer of 2017, cryptocurrency seemed like the future.  The price of Bitcoin was spiking, doubling from $2,500 in June to $5,000 by the beginning of September.
North Carolina Community Foundation:
The NC Local News Lab Fund has established the NC Local News Workshop with a $180,000 grant to Elon University, led by interim Executive Director Melanie Sill  —  Home / News / NC Local News Lab Fund establishes NC Local News Workshop at Elon University  —  The North Carolina Local News Lab Fund …
 
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Adam Gabbatt / The Guardian:
Save our Sun, a campaign backed by Baltimore-based philanthropists, is hoping to buy The Baltimore Sun and turn it into a non-profit to avoid further cuts
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Some European Netflix users say video quality throttling is still in place, angering those who pay more for higher-quality plans
Discussion: The Streamable
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Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Fox News has launched a new series called COVID Contrarian on Fox Nation with notorious coronavirus skeptic and one-time NYT reporter Alex Berenson
Katie Kilkenny / Hollywood Reporter:
People magazine's digital team announces its intention to form a union with the NewsGuild, joining its print division, which unionized in the 1970s
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Memo: Condé Nast will lay off about 100 US employees, with a similar number temporarily furloughed and a small number of staff getting reduced work schedules
Tim Warsinskey / Plain Dealer:
Cleveland.com will now produce all content for The Plain Dealer, 4 remaining Plain Dealer reporters have job offers at cleveland.com; union to be dissolved