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5:25 PM ET, June 1, 2020


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Nick Waters / @n_waters89:
List of at least 100 separate incidents where journalists experienced violence from law enforcement in the US during protests after George Floyd's death  —  We've hit 100 incidents where journalists experienced violence from the police during the #GeorgeFloyd protests. When I started this thread, I thought there would maybe be 7 or 8 examples. Instead what I have seen is a serious disregard for the free press by law enforcement.
Washington Post:
As reporters across the US are attacked, in some cases with rubber bullets, or arrested by cops while covering protests, an overview of over a dozen examples  —  Ali Velshi knew almost instantly what had happened when he felt a sharp pain in his leg Saturday night in Minneapolis: He'd been hit with a rubber bullet fired by police.
Greg Wilson / Fox News:
A Fox News crew was harassed and chased out of Lafayette Park by protesters while covering the protests outside the White House  —  An angry mob of rioters stoked by the death of a black man at the apparent hand of a Minneapolis cop turned its rage on a Fox News crew early Saturday …
Tessa Duvall / Courier-Journal:
A reporter and camera operator appear to be shot with pepper balls fired by an officer during live segment on protests in Louisville, KY; LMPD issue an apology
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Amid record ratings and chaos on cable news, Jeff Zucker considers running for NYC mayor, NBC's boss ponders CNBC as a nightly right-wing talk channel, and more  —  Cable networks are facing threats, and opportunities, in a national crisis.  Now, Fox is fighting back and CNBC is looking to the right.
Patrice Peck / New York Times:
A freelance reporter reflects on this exhausting and peculiar time for black journalists covering death and suffering during the pandemic and protests  —  But we keep on keeping on.  —  Ms. Peck is a journalist.  —  Two weeks ago, when I first pitched this essay about the unique stressors …
LZ Granderson / Los Angeles Times:
Black journalists describe the emotional consequences of covering endless police brutality, most recently with George Floyd  —  When my cell rang, an unfamiliar number popped up on the screen.  Normally I ignore these calls, certain my service provider has sold my information to half the country's telemarketing companies.
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
TechCrunch, which has hosted 10 members-only Extra Crunch Live virtual events since launching in April, says Extra Crunch subscriptions have risen 600% YoY  —  As publisher events have been forced online, they are becoming more entrenched with other parts of the business, particularly subscriptions.
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Reporters at South Carolina's Post & Courier, owned by Evening Post Industries, express concern at being forced to return to offices, despite rising COVID cases  —  “It just seems cruel,” one staffer said of the Post & Courier's edict.  The announcement came the day after S.C. had its highest single-day jump in COVID cases.
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
WWE Network launches a free version of its streaming service, with more than 15,000 titles and no ads  —  WWE Network will make more than 15,000 titles available at no cost and without ads.  —  WWE Network is going free.  —  A no-cost version of the streamer launches today …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Report: ad revenue for national TV fell 26.7% in April to $2.7B, with ads committed to sports falling 72%; ad revenue for news programming rose 5.5%  —  Millions of Americans forced to shelter at home are tuning in more TV.  But in April many advertisers did not.
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