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11:05 PM ET, May 25, 2020


 Top News: 
John Grippe / New York Times:
Behind NYT's decision to feature a list of 1,000 COVID-19 victims on Sunday's print edition front page, with more inside, as the US nears 100,000 deaths  —  A presentation of obituaries and death notices from newspapers around the country tries to frame incalculable loss.
Craig Pittman / Washington Post:
Trump spreads a debunked conspiracy theory in tweets attacking MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, baselessly insinuating he was involved in the death of an associate  —  A little after 8 a.m. on July 20, 2001, a couple arriving for an appointment opened an unlocked front door at an office …
Ben Smith / New York Times:
How services like Cameo and Substack have opened up new ways for prominent media figures and journalists to make a living from smaller audiences  —  With short videos and paid newsletters, everyone from superstars to half-forgotten former athletes and even journalists can, as one tech figure put it, “monetize individuality.”
Andrew Wilkinson / Supercast:
Joe Rogan's deal with Spotify has a big payday and less risk, but at a high cost: losing direct subscriber relationships and building someone else's business  —  Oil companies are famous for approaching hapless farmers and buying drilling rights for their properties for next to nothing.
Charlotte Graham-McLay / The Guardian:
New Zealand media group Stuff will be sold to its chief executive Sinead Boucher for NZ$1, with plans to introduce a staff ownership model  —  Boucher - who has plans for a staff ownership model - says the acquisition gives the company ‘a chance to do things differently’
Andrew Romano / Yahoo News:
YouGov poll: 50% of Fox News viewers say they believe a debunked COVID-19 conspiracy theory about Bill Gates, while just 15% of MSNBC viewers believe it  —  According to a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll, 44 percent of Republicans believe that Bill Gates is plotting to use a mass COVID-19 vaccination campaign …
Zheping Huang / Bloomberg:
Sensor Tower data: TikTok and Chinese twin app Douyin were number one globally for in-app purchases in April, generating $78M, up 10x from April 2019  —  - ByteDance's popular video-sharing platform keeps rising  — Douyin, TikTok's China version, contributed 87% of revenue
Anjanette Delgado / Better News:
Lessons from the Detroit Free Press after it published its first community impact report to show readers how its journalism drives social change  —  Here's an idea to steal and adapt: Inspired by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Detroit Free Press published its first community impact report …
Discussion: @ylichterman and @ampress
Matthew Carey / Deadline:
YouTube pulls Michael Moore-backed doc “Planet of the Humans”, which had 8.3M+ views, over a copyright claim; filmmaker says claim was politically motivated  —  EXCLUSIVE: Michael Moore and Jeff Gibbs' controversial documentary Planet of the Humans has been removed from YouTube …
Discussion: The Wrap and The Guardian
Financial Times:
Sources: Len Blavatnik's sports streaming group DAZN seeks sale of equity stake in the business, or an outright sale, but unlikely to reach 2018's £3B valuation  —  Group owned by Len Blavatnik faces upheaval as pandemic shuts down sports  —  Online sports group DAZN is racing to secure …
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Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Wikimedia's board votes to adopt a formal moderation process, with policies drafted by the end of 2020, to deal with harassment and other “toxic” behavior
Inside Hollywood's plan to restart production, as studio execs forecast increased expenses for safety protocols and smaller crews on longer shooting schedules
Kelly McBride / NPR:
Journalists' use of the phrase “unarmed black man” feeds the false assumption that black people are more likely criminals, not victims of unjustified violence
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
Gen Z TikTok stars have embraced the rise of “collab houses” in Los Angeles, where young social media personalities chasing influence live and work together
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Ken Stone / Times of San Diego:
A federal judge dismissed a defamation lawsuit against MSNBC and Rachel Maddow from One America News Network; OAN's owner says the network will appeal
Ted Johnson / Deadline:
WH Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany says in a briefing that reporters “desperately” want churches and houses of worship to stay closed, prompting pushback
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