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7:00 PM ET, May 21, 2020

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Ben Smith / @benyt:
Memo: The Atlantic is laying off 68 people across divisions, or about 20% of its staff, after collapse of its events business, with the rest getting pay cuts  —  The Atlantic is laying off about 20% of its staff — 68 people across divisions — per a memo from David Bradley, after collapse of events business. https://twitter.com/...
Jessica Bursztynsky / CNBC:
Netflix says it will ask customers who have been inactive for a year or more if they want to keep their subscriptions, canceling accounts that take no action  —  - Netflix will start asking customers who haven't used its platform in the past year if they want to keep their subscriptions.
Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple is seeking an executive to lead its original podcasts effort and is acquiring podcasts that would tie into shows on its TV+ service  —  - Company is seeking executive to lead development of new shows  — Apple faces threat from Spotify's growing podcast ambitions
Trevor Knoblich / ONA20:
The Online News Association will host its annual conference online, Oct. 1-16, and says the event won't be as expensive as its previous physical gatherings  —  Chief Knowledge Officer Trevor Knoblich details what to expect from our global journalism innovation festival
Ashley Feinberg / Slate:
A close examination of Ben Smith's column about Ronan Farrow reveals weaknesses in Smith's indictment, including a fuzzy definition of “resistance journalism”  —  It was a tantalizing story, written by the New York Times' freshly poached media columnist and published …
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
By exaggerating how well he prepped the Weinstein story, Ronan Farrow depicted NBC bosses as more incompetent than they were; no need exists to stretch the case
Layla Ilchi / WWD:
Court documents: Kendall Jenner agreed to pay $90,000 to settle a suit over an Instagram post she made promoting Fyre Festival; docs say she was paid $275,000  —  The model has settled the lawsuit over her Instagram post related to the failed 2017 music festival.
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
UK newspapers no longer have to make their print circulations public through ABC as they give “stimulus to write a negative narrative of circulation decline”  —  UK national newspapers no longer have to make their print circulations public through auditors ABC from today …
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Jason Lynch / Adweek:
Disney moves back ad sales and media distribution divisions to its Media Networks group, following the departure of Kevin Mayer  —  Media distribution team also moving from company's DTCI segment, effective immediately  —  Key insights:  —  Disney streaming head Kevin Mayer's surprise exit …
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
Alexandra Alter / New York Times:
Association of American Publishers: book sales fell 8%+ YoY in March, with ebooks down 5% and print books up 1%; digital audio grew 15% YoY  —  Total U.S. sales in March were down 8.4 percent to $667 million, a sign of how the early days of the pandemic hurt booksellers and publishers.
Discussion: bookforum.com
Etan Vlessing / Hollywood Reporter:
Lionsgate took $50.5M in charges due to COVID-19 in the quarter ending March 31, with revenue of $944M, loss of $44.9M, down from $155.2M in same quarter 2019  —  The studio posted a narrowing quarterly loss of $44.9 million, against a year-earlier loss of $155.2 million.
Discussion: Variety, The Wrap and LionsGate
Scott Roxborough / Hollywood Reporter:
ScreenHits launches a streaming video aggregator app that lets users bundle different services like Netflix and Disney+; app subscriptions start at $1.99/month  —  The app, which allows consumers to manage all their online viewing through a single interface, is betting viewers will pay to simplify their on-demand lives.
 
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
NYT's proprietary ads platform plan has been misread as protecting user data more than Facebook and Google do, yet NYT will still sell targeted ads using data
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Scribd announces Scribd Perks, which gives paying subscribers access to additional audio and video streaming services like Pandora Plus at no extra charge
Discussion: CBR
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Ahead of Tribune Publishing's shareholder meeting Thursday, workers who faced pay cuts worry Alden Global Capital will gain more control and launch more cuts
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Pew Research Center:
Pew study shows divide between those who rely on White House for pandemic news and those using other sources; White House group broadly says media hypes risk
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
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
Megh Wright / Vulture:
ClickHole returns and starts publishing as a new, employee-owned website, about four months after being acquired by Cards Against Humanity