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10:40 AM ET, May 26, 2020


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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 …
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.
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.”
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
Michael Andor Brodeur / Washington Post:
Classical musicians who are turning to live-streaming due to COVID-19 are being targeted by bots claiming copyright for works of composers like Chopin and Bach  —  A few Sundays ago, Camerata Pacifica artistic director Adrian Spence, aided by his tech-savvy son Keiran, went live on Facebook …
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.
Kali Holloway / The Daily Beast:
Shaun King keeps raising money for struggling news site The North Star, but some former employees accuse King of mismanagement and unexplained finances  —  ‘LEVELS OF CONFLICT’  —  He blamed issues at The North Star on over-ambition, but seven former employees of the site King launched with great fanfare painted a darker picture.
Kurtis Lee / Los Angeles Times:
Profile of the Oklahoma Eagle, the black-owned newspaper in Tulsa, OK, which kept alive the memory of the 1921 race massacre as white-owned papers ignored it  —  Jim Goodwin ran his thumb over the screen of his iPhone, reading a rough draft of a newspaper editorial.
Warner Music Group files for IPO, expecting to raise up to $1.82B at a valuation of ~$13B, by selling 70M Class A shares at $23-$26 per share  —  (Reuters) - Warner Music Group said on Tuesday it expects to raise up to $1.82 billion in its Nasdaq debut at a valuation of about $13 billion …
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’
Lauren Harris / Columbia Journalism Review:
When telling the story of a global crisis like the pandemic, the most powerful thing a journalist can do is to be in a position to designate who the experts are  —  In the story of the novel coronavirus, there are two viruses: the virus as it really exists and the virus as we understand it.
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 …
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