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2:15 PM ET, June 4, 2020


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Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Multiple staffers protested a NYT op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton calling for the US military to be used against protesters; many said it endangered black NYT staffers  —  “Running this puts Black @NYTimes staff in danger,” dozens of Times employees tweeted in solidarity on Wednesday evening.
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Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Memo: NYT Publisher A.G. Sulzberger says the Tom Cotton op-ed was printed in the spirit of openness to a range of opinions, notes staffers' pain, vows to listen  —  New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger defended the paper's decision to publish an op-ed from Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) …
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
NYT employees send letter to Bennet and top management asking for an editor's note to examine claims made in Cotton's op-ed, which “undermines the work we do”  —  With reporters in harm's way covering the protests, Cotton's op-ed “pours gasoline on the fire,” …
James Bennet / New York Times:
James Bennet defends publishing Tom Cotton's op-ed, saying readers who might oppose Cotton's view need to be aware of it if they hope to defeat it  —  More on our decision.  —  We published a piece yesterday that angered many readers, including many of my colleagues here at The Times.
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Philly Inquirer apologizes for “Buildings Matter, Too” headline and says that it will create a process for discussing and disclosing these types of lapses  —  An Inquirer headline suggested an equivalence between the loss of buildings and the lives of black Americans.  That is unacceptable.
Lauren Kaori Gurley / VICE:
Majority of Philly Inquirer journalists of color called in sick today in protest of the “Buildings Matter, Too” headline while seven withheld their bylines  —  At least 34 of the Philadelphia Inquirer journalists of color—the vast majority of those on the staff …
Discussion: @khalifaheather
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Facebook will start blocking state-controlled media outlets from buying ads in the US this summer and is rolling out labels for ads and posts from those outlets  —  Facebook said Thursday it will begin blocking state-controlled media outlets from buying advertising in the U.S. this summer.
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Staff at UK publisher Reach are considering legal action after indefinite forced 10% pay cuts due to COVID-19 even as execs got ~£300K bonuses, £1.18M in shares  —  Daily Mirror, Daily Express and local newspaper staff furious after bosses get £300,000 in bonuses and £1.18m in shares
Discussion: HoldtheFrontPage
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
A press photographer in London was hit on the head with a bottle by protesters, an Australian newswoman was grabbed, and an Australian news team was also chased  —  A press photographer was attacked during Black Lives Matter protests in London last night as members of the media faced intimidation from some in the crowd.
Discussion: Breitbart
Luke Ottenhof / Columbia Journalism Review:
Journalists are concerned over the lack of labor reporters when their watchdog coverage is most needed, as the pandemic has increased threats to workers' rights  —  A normal day of reporting on labor in America is busy.  But these are not normal days.  —  Precarious labor conditions under …
Mattia Peretti / Polis:
Publishers around the world, including AFP, the Guardian, and WSJ, join JournalismAI Collab, a six-month project to prototype AI-powered journalistic solutions  —  Experiment: “A procedure undertaken to make a discovery, test a hypothesis, or demonstrate a known fact."
Discussion: @charliebeckett
Associated Press:
US Park Police says it's placed two officers on administrative leave after video showed them attacking two Australian journalists as it investigates the assault  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Park Police said it has placed two officers on administrative leave after video showed …
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