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4:00 PM ET, May 22, 2020


 Top News: 
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Trump says Fox News “is doing nothing to help Republicans, and me, get re-elected”, drawing an explicit link between the network and electing Republicans  —  In his tweet, the president makes explicit the subtext at which he's hinted in the past, when offering complaints about how Fox had …
Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
Tribune Publishing shareholders have elected 2 Alden Global Capital representatives to the board; Alden is barred from raising its Tribune stake until June 30  —  Shareholders of Tribune Publishing elected two representatives of hedge fund Alden Global Capital to the newspaper chain's board Thursday …
Jack Shafer / Politico:
The layoffs and paywall at The Atlantic suggest Laurene Powell Jobs is happy to subsidize the enterprise but not interested in making it a gift to the masses  —  Billionaires who are brave enough to enter the publishing space don't mind losing money on it—they call it “investing”—until the day they do.
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
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Larry King to launch his first-ever podcast The Millionth Question, a celebrity interview show, in mid-June under a multiyear contract worth at least $5M  —  TV interviewer's first podcast to be produced with son Chance King and Jeff Beacher's 4Forty4 Media  —  Larry King is gearing up to launch his first-ever podcast.
Mark Schoofs / BuzzFeed News:
Memo from Mark Schoofs, who has returned to BuzzFeed News as EIC, on plans for the future including launching teams to cover inequality and fast-moving stories  —  Hi.  I'm Mark Schoofs, and I'm the new editor in chief of BuzzFeed News.  I just started in this job a couple days ago, but this isn't my first time around here.
Jonathan Symcox /
Parent company of, the social news website for male millennials, enters administration, seeks a buyer, and says there are no plans for redundancies  —  Administrators seek buyer for Joe Media Limited but no redundancies planned at website with millions of monthly visitors
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Washington Post:
WaPo's ad tech platform Zeus enters partnership with the Local Media Consortium, an alliance of 3,500+ local media outlets from 90 media companies  —  Zeus Performance, the industry-leading advertising framework and revenue technology stack built by The Washington Post …
Sara Rafsky / Columbia Journalism Review:
New York journalists describe how reporters in the city changed beats to become health reporters and organizations reallocated resources to cover COVID-19  —  In early January, the Tow Center for Digital Journalism published my report, “Media Mecca or News Desert?”
Paul Bowers / Brutal South:
Digital subscriptions might keep a hungry reporter fed a few more years, but the path for local news outlets is unclear, as only a small number will sign up  —  We were watching Hoarders and a woman on the show felt like she was being persecuted by local code enforcement officers …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: Audible is in talks to acquire celebrity podcasts and considers selling original shows individually; Amazon Music is also preparing to add podcasts  —  Under growing pressure from Spotify, the e-commerce giant is looking to spend big in podcast land
California to give guidelines on Monday for resuming movie and TV production in the state; Gov. Newsom says LA County would likely be excluded in first phase  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California on Monday will roll out guidelines for the resumption of production of Hollywood movies and TV shows …
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Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Virginia judge rules that Nunes' $435M defamation case against CNN has nothing to with Virginia, and transfers it to New York, a more convenient forum for CNN
Ben Norton / The Grayzone:
Richard Esposito, who covered police and security at NBC, The Intercept, and co-wrote a story that led to Reality Winner's jailing, is now NYPD's top spokesman
Oliver Darcy / @oliverdarcy:
[Thread] Washington Examiner says it will hire an HR rep and work on communication after a consultant reviewed workplace culture following claims of bullying
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Sources: Apple TV+ is in the early stages of developing a series about Gawker, with ex-Gawker staffers Max Read and Cord Jefferson working on scripts
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Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
ViacomCBS licenses Some Good News, John Krasinski's YouTube show that gained 2.56M subscribers in 2 months, to be shown on CBS All Access with a new host
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
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