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2:25 PM ET, May 18, 2020


 Top News: 
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The media, which never fully reckoned with the mistakes of 2016, is on a course to help Trump turn “Obamagate” into the 2020 version of Clinton's emails  —  It's becoming clear that journalists never fully reckoned with the mistakes of 2016 campaign coverage.
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Ronan Farrow, while producing revelatory reporting, often omits inconvenient details in his stories and at times suggests conspiracies he cannot prove  —  He has delivered revelatory reporting on some of the defining stories of our time.  But a close examination reveals the weaknesses …
Megan Graham / CNBC:
A reporter set up a bogus news website, scraping stories from CNBC, and says it was shockingly easy to generate ad revenue using various ad tech companies  —  - In recent years, it's become common for fraudsters to make ad-supported “news” sites with content scraped from legitimate publishers.
John Koblin / New York Times:
Comedy Central, a factory for A-list comedians, is in decline, losing almost all its top executives and, sources say, shifting to unscripted, cheaper shows  —  The network that made the careers of Dave Chappelle, Stephen Colbert and Amy Schumer has laid off top executives while looking to make shows that are cheaper to produce.
Scott Roxborough / Hollywood Reporter:
Several European countries, including Iceland, the Czech Republic, Poland, and France, have reopened for film and TV shoots with varying safety guidelines  —  Several European countries, including Iceland, the Czech Republic, Poland and France, have begun to allow film and television production under new COVID-19 guidelines.
Barton Gellman / The Atlantic:
Reporter describes being under surveillance and investigation by the US government after receiving documents from Snowden and how it affected his personal life  —  “What time exactly does your clock say?” asked the voice on the telephone, the first words Edward Snowden ever spoke to me aloud.
Joe DePaolo / Mediaite:
Trump ratchets up his attacks on a local news reporter, again sharing footage of the reporter being verbally abused by anti-lockdown protesters in Long Island  —  Four days after the video first caught his attention, President Donald Trump is ratcheting up his attacks on a local news reporter …
Dan Kennedy /
Boston Globe now has nearly 205K subscribers, up from 145K before the pandemic, though most new subscriptions were sold for ~$1/month for the first six months  —  The Boston Globe now has more than 200,000 digital subscribers, editor Brian McGrory said at a Zoom gathering of the Society …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Bauer Media says it is looking at whether to move ten of its magazines in the UK to a digital-only format, merge, sell, or close them  —  Magazine publisher Bauer Media plans to close, merge or sell ten of its titles it says will not be sustainable once the Covid-19 crisis is over.
US Sec. of State Pompeo alleges that China threatened to interfere in US journalists' work in Hong Kong and warned doing so may risk Hong Kong's status with US  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a statement on Sunday warning China the U.S. would take action if authorities interfere …
Max Willens / Digiday:
Digital publishers say the ad market is currently split between small and huge deals, eliminating $100,000-$300,000 deals that most large publishers rely on  —  The coronavirus is causing many publishers to experience of bifurcation of their ad sales that's led to an evaporation of the mid-sized deal.
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Etan Vlessing / Hollywood Reporter:
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Rob Harvilla / The Ringer:
Pitchfork's writers, editors, EIC Puja Patel, and founder Ryan Schreiber discuss the history and evolution of its album rating scale and 10.0 reviews
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Kerry Flynn / CNN:
As outlets learn to operate remotely, distributed newsrooms can attract greater diversity of talent, often lacking in coastal media bubbles
Anna Clark / Columbia Journalism Review:
How The Plain Dealer's newsroom came to a close, after years of union member buyouts and staff cuts as management built up its digital-only news operation
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
Q&A with The Atlantic's Adrienne LaFrance on Shadowland, the magazine's project on conspiracies, and on its growing audience, with 34K new subscribers in April
Vice to lay off 55 in the US and ~100 globally, citing the fact that digital organization accounts for 50% of headcount costs but brings in about 21% of revenue