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6:05 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.”
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
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 …
New York Times:
The pandemic has made journalists reconsider covering apparently important vaccine developments, with companies like Moderna accused of profiting off minor news  —  The desperate hunt for treatments and vaccines has changed how researchers, regulators, drug companies like Moderna, investors and journalists do their jobs.
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  —  Trustees say it hasn't done enough to stop abuse  —  Wikipedia plans to crack down on harassment and other “toxic” behavior with a new code of conduct.
Inside Hollywood's plan to restart production, as studio execs forecast increased expenses for safety protocols and smaller crews on longer shooting schedules  —  Someone had to take the leap.  After months of coronavirus-imposed shutdowns, Tyler Perry announced May 12 that he will begin production …
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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
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
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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
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
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
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
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: Audible is in talks to acquire celebrity podcasts and is considering selling original shows individually and Amazon Music will add podcasts soon