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6:55 PM ET, May 20, 2020


 Top News: 
Matt Donnelly / Variety:
An unreleased version of Justice League, the cut by original director Zach Snyder, will be released on HBO Max in 2021, after a sustained fan campaign  —  ‘John Henry’ Producers on Their Netflix Ratings Smash, Dwayne Johnson Controversy and Potential Sequel
Financial Times:
Inside the mad dash to launch HBO Max during the pandemic and the twists and turns at WarnerMedia over the last year  —  Creating a rival to Netflix is more urgent than ever for WarnerMedia.  Will the HBO Max moonshot succeed?  —  On the biggest day of his career, John Stankey arrived …
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Twitter is testing a feature that lets a tweet's author limit who can reply, giving the options of Everyone, People You Follow, and Only People You Mention  —  Twitter today acknowledged that it's begun testing a new setting that let users limit who can reply to tweets.
Max Willens / Digiday:
Publishers like Time and Gannett are highlighting packages of stories of civic, economic, and public recovery to lure back coronavirus-weary advertisers  —  In trying to sell ads against their coronavirus coverage, news publishers have gone through a Kubler Ross-esque progression.
Discussion: Poynter, The Media Nut and NewsLab
Megh Wright / Vulture:
ClickHole returns and starts publishing as a new, employee-owned website, about four months after being acquired by Cards Against Humanity  —  It's been almost four months since the satire site ClickHole was purchased by Cards Against Humanity and published their last article, titled …
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
BBC says it faces an estimated £125M in lost income this year and has had record viewing figures during the lockdown, including among 16- to 34-year-olds  —  The BBC will be forced to find further savings as it faces an estimated £125m in lost income this financial year as a result …
Devin Gordon / The Atlantic:
A look at the shoddily produced news channel OAN, whose viewership remains a mystery even as Trump keeps boosting it when he has a lover's spat with Fox News  —  O, ne America News, or OAN, or OANN—whichever you like, it's all the same thing—is Donald Trump's favorite cable-news channel.
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Discussion: @katebevan
Annalise Frank / Crain's Detroit Business:
A new nonprofit publication called BridgeDetroit launches with $5M in donations and foundation funding, including from Knight Foundation and Center for Michigan  —  - Ccommunity engagement mission will drive new media platform  — Main supporters include Knight Foundation and Center for Michigan
Poynter launches Locally, a site to help local journalists with information about layoffs, closures, job listings, funding opportunities, remote training, more  —  The coronavirus is a story unlike any in a generation.  It's a global issue playing out differently in every community on the planet.
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
A feud between Barstool Sports and the hosts of its popular podcast Call Her Daddy exposes the issues media companies face when their stars become influencers  —  The podcast built a loyal audience.  So did its hosts.  —  In just two years, “Call Her Daddy,” a raunchy podcast about sex …
J. Clara Chan / The Wrap:
Matt Lauer, fired by NBC in late 2017, accuses Ronan Farrow of “flawed reporting” for his book, Catch and Kill, which includes a rape accusation against Lauer  —  Matt Lauer, the former “Today” show host who was fired after several women accused him of sexual harassment and assault …
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
Though Ben Smith says issues with Farrow's reporting stem from demands of “resistance journalism”, it's the cult of journalistic celebrity that hinders scrutiny
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sources: theSkimm is planning to launch a full-fledged digital membership model later this summer called “Teal Memb'rship”, to be offered free through 2020
Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:
Profile of Occupy Democrats, a Facebook page employing meme tactics on the left that regularly outperforms pages for President Trump, Daily Caller, and Fox News
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
CBS Evening News was knocked off the air by a technical issue Tuesday for East Coast viewers, replaced by coverage from CBSN, the network's streaming service
 Earlier Picks: 
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Joe Rogan's podcast, which he said had ~190M downloads/month in 2019, will become a Spotify exclusive this year; his YouTube will no longer have full episodes
Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism:
Survey: 22% of UK adults say they often or actively avoid the news, up from 15% in April, of which 86% try to avoid COVID-19 news at least some of the time
David Folkenflik / NPR:
NPR regional collaborations in the Midwest, serving 25 stations, and California, serving 17, receive $4.7M donation from Eric and Wendy Schmidt