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11:45 AM ET, June 3, 2020


 Top News: 
ACLU files a class-action lawsuit on behalf of journalists against Minneapolis police for attacking them while covering protests over George Floyd's killing  —  MINNEAPOLIS — The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota overnight filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of journalists …
Discussion: New York Times
Nick Waters / @n_waters89:
[Thread] List of at least 100 separate incidents where journalists experienced violence from law enforcement in the US amid 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.
Lindsay Underwood / National Press Club:
18 journalism orgs, including The National Press Club, pen open letter to police to end the use of violence and arrests against journalists covering protests
Charlie Nash / Mediaite:
CNN says it had its most-watched May ever in “total day” and “prime time among total viewers and among 25-54” after Trump tweets that CNN is “dying”  —  President Donald Trump claimed CNN is “dying” and that Chris Cuomo's ratings are plummeting in a Twitter post Wednesday …
Megan Garber / The Atlantic:
Media outlets using “chaos” to describe protests obscure the violence aimed at protesters by state agents and erase protests' message while ratifying status quo  —  On Monday evening, in Washington, D.C., a crowd of people protesting the killing of George Floyd were gathered in Lafayette Square …
Reed Richardson / Mediaite:
NYT faces criticism for print headline “As Chaos Spreads, Trump Vows to ‘End It Now’”, a credulous framing reminiscent of last year's Unity vs. Racism debacle
Sachin Ravikumar / Reuters:
Facebook strikes a global licensing deal with Saregama, one of India's largest music labels, for its catalogue of more than 100K songs spanning 25 languages  —  BENGALURU (Reuters) - Facebook Inc has signed a global licensing deal with one of India's largest music labels …
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
BBC releases its voice assistant Beeb in a public beta, with a male voice to avoid the “problematic associations” of female-voiced rivals like Alexa  —  UK service promises ‘warm and friendly’ tone to rival female alternatives from US like Amazon's Alexa
Mark Shapland / London Evening Standard:
London Evening Standard appoints Charles Yardley, SVP managing director of Europe at Forbes, as its new CEO  —  Evening Standard proprietor Evgeny Lebedev says: ‘We are delighted to have Charles join the Evening Standard at a crucial time for the business, and our capital city.’
Discussion: Talking Biz News
The Ringer's union says the outlet has no black editors, no black full-timers on the NBA and NFL beats; in 2019, 86% of speakers on its podcasts were white  —  In 2019, 86% of speakers on The Ringer Podcast Network were white. We have zero black editors. We have zero black writers assigned full time to the NBA or NFL beats. Our union is currently bargaining for practices to improve our diversity and inclusion.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Sunday Gannett print front pages had few indications of historic protests, focusing instead on a chain-wide “Rebuilding” project to salvage meager ad sales  —  Teresa Stepzinski, a veteran journalist at the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, spent Saturday reporting …
Frank Pallotta / CNN:
Filing: AMC Theatres has “substantial doubt” it can remain in business after losing between $2.1B and $2.4B in Q1 with a cash balance of $718.3M as of April  —  New York (CNN Business)AMC Theatres, the world's biggest movie theater chain, said on Wednesday that it has …
Discussion: The Wrap and Hollywood Reporter
Jacob Feldman / Variety:
FC Barcelona soccer team launches Barça TV+, a €4.99 per month streaming service with more than 1,000 hours of content  —  FC Barcelona's subscription-based digital streaming service launches Wednesday with a name, Barça TV+, that says everything about who one of the world's …
Discussion: @adowniebrazil
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Grist, a 20-year-old nonprofit online magazine that focuses on climate and the environment, has taken ownership of the archives and brand of Pacific Standard  —  Grist, a 20-year-old nonprofit online magazine that focuses on climate and environmental coverage, has taking full ownership …
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Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Warner Music Group prices its IPO at $25 per share, at the higher end of the $23-$26 range, raising $1.9B and valuing the company at $12.75B
Andrew Neil / Spectator:
UK's The Spectator says it will withdraw from the government furlough plan and return funds it received because it is profitable
Ryan Phillips / The Big Lead:
Spencer Hall, who won fans writing about college football, says he is taking a buyout from Vox Media
Owen Thomas / San Francisco Chronicle:
Audrey Cooper, the San Francisco Chronicle's editor in chief, told her staff she is leaving the newspaper June 19 for another position in journalism
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Blockchain journalism startup Civil is shutting down following its failure to find substitute financing after losing its major source of funding, ConsenSys
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
WaPo signs all 30 of McClatchy's local news outlets to its Zeus Performance product, which it says gives sites better performance and ad viewability
Esther Kezia Thorpe / What's New in Publishing:
The Guardian has expanded testing of its registration wall globally to gather first-party data; unlike the NYT's registration wall, readers can dismiss it
Discussion: Digiday
Adweek has been acquired by Shamrock Capital, an investment firm with ~$1.9 billion of assets in the media, entertainment, and communications sectors