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1:05 PM ET, May 28, 2020


 Top News: 
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Apple acquires Martin Scorsese's next film, Killers of the Flower Moon, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro  —  ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ to be labeled an Apple Original Film  —  Apple Inc. has nabbed director Martin Scorsese's next film, “Killers of the Flower Moon …
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Apple's acquisition of Fraggle Rock's past TV seasons ahead of a reboot on TV+ signals a strategy shift for the service that had relied on original content  —  Apple isn't echoing Netflix's strategy, but it's certainly doing something new  —  Apple is acquiring Fraggle Rock's past TV seasons ahead …
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:
The Drudge Report has been linking to an obscure site filled with plagiarized content from NYT and others, sending ~8M pageviews to the site since November  —  On Tuesday, New York Times columnist Kara Swisher revealed that a widower sent a personal letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey asking …
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
Indiegraf, with funding via Google News Initiative and Facebook Journalism Project, launches as a network of local news sites sharing resources in Canada  —  What would a newspaper chain look like if it were reimagined for a group of digital, subscriber-funded publications?
Ryan Broderick / BuzzFeed News:
After Twitter labeled Trump's tweets, Trump, his campaign, and Fox News target Twitter's Site Integrity lead Yoel Roth; Roth works on manipulation and bots  —  “No one person at Twitter is responsible for our policies,” a Twitter spokesperson told BuzzFeed News.
After Twitter adds a label to his misleading tweets, Trump says Republicans will “strongly regulate” social media platforms or “close them down”
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
In a first, Twitter adds a “Get the facts” label to two Trump tweets with false claims about mail-in voting, which links to a Twitter Moment refuting his claims
Ludovic Blecher / The Keyword:
Google grants between $5K and $30K to 5,300+ small and medium local newsrooms around the world through its Journalism Emergency Relief Fund  —  COVID-19 has upended the news industry, hitting local news particularly hard with job losses, furloughs, cutbacks and even closure.
Discussion: Press Gazette
Kathryn Hopkins / WWD:
Hearst is offering free PSA ads to advertisers in Harper's Bazaar, Elle, and Marie Claire, which will also help thicken issues at a time when ads are falling  —  More than 80 brands have participated, including Chanel, Gucci, Cartier, Carolina Herrera and Unilever.
Discussion: @media_evan
New York Times:
Wirecutter moves to but says its editorial team will continue to work independently from The Times  —  At Wirecutter, we pride ourselves on conducting rigorous and thoughtful real-world testing to help make our readers' lives better.  One of the most important aspects of our work …
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
Discussion: Business Insider, Nuggies and Gizmodo
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Stringr, a marketplace connecting news outlets with videographers that provide footage, raises $5.75M from Thomson Reuters and others  —  Stringr, a video-focused startup that says it can help news organizations adapt to the challenges of COVID-19, is announcing that it's raised $5.75 million in new funding.
Jefferson Graham / USA Today:
HBO Max launches without being on Roku and Amazon, the two most popular streaming platforms  —  The latest new streaming service HBO Max bowed with unlimited access to every episode of “Friends,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “Game of Thrones.”  But if all you've got is a streaming player from Roku or Amazon, you won't be able to watch.
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
To protect a key Boris Johnson aide caught breaking lockdown rules, his government is deploying Trump's “fake news” screeds under a veneer of British gentility  —  In early April, Matthew Weaver, a reporter at The Guardian in the UK, received a phone call from a source in Durham …
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
BBC's Emily Maitlis says she didn't host Wednesday's Newsnight after being reprimanded for her remarks on Cummings because she'd asked for the night off
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 More News: 
The State:
The State in Columbia, SC, is moving print production to Charlotte and Raleigh, will lay off 70 full-time and 65 part-time staffers by July, is hiring reporters
Laura Snapes / The Guardian:
Many UK music magazines have been hit hard by the COVID-19 lockdown, with some like Mixmag and DJ Mag suspending printing and others facing closures
Theodore Schleifer / Vox:
Overview of efforts by Reid Hoffman, Eric Schmidt, and others to boost Joe Biden's chances, including funding media via Acronym, which funds Courier Newsroom
Financial Times:
Rising subscriptions help shield NYT and WSJ from worst of pandemic; NYT CEO: notion that its success is crowding out competition is “very strange defeatism”
 Earlier Picks: 
Rick Porter / Hollywood Reporter:
CBS entertainment and news divisions are going through a round of layoffs, the first on the broadcast side, as part of a restructuring after the Viacom merger
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
UK's Bauer Radio will fold around 50 local radio stations into a national radio network; local journalist and travel reporter roles are likely to be unaffected
Jessica E. Lessin / The Information:
The Information launches a News Summer School, available on Zoom, offering eight free hour-long evening classes in July
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Instagram says it will now split revenue with creators, sharing 55% of the revenue from IGTV ads and badges on Live, starting with 200 partners next week