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12:40 PM ET, June 8, 2020


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The New York Times Company:
James Bennet resigns as editorial page editor of The New York Times; Katie Kingsbury named as acting editorial page editor through the November election  —  The New York Times announced today that James Bennet, Editorial Page Editor since May, 2016, is resigning effective immediately.
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Inside the revolts erupting in the biggest US newsrooms, as some staff have pushed back on approaches to covering racism and Trump  —  Staff members' demands helped end the tenure of James Bennet as Opinion editor of The New York Times.  And they are generating tension at The Washington Post.
Craig R. McCoy / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
The Philadelphia Inquirer Executive Editor Stan Wischnowski announces his resignation, days after uproar over the newspaper's “Buildings Matter, Too” headline  —  Stan Wischnowski, the top editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer, has announced his resignation, days after discontent among …
Jay Rosen / PressThink:
Trump's fact-free presidency has antiquated the idea of newspapers uncritically presenting both sides; “view-from-nowhere” journalism is no longer an option  —  Dean Baquet has a phrase for it: We are not the resistance.  But if that were entirely true, James Bennet would still have a job.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
In this polarized moment, the choice for journalists is not to become activists or stenographers but decide how to best serve their mission of telling the truth  —  With the country in turmoil over racial injustice, a public health crisis and devastating job losses, it should be no surprise that journalists are caught up in the tumult.
Ryan Deto / Pittsburgh City Paper:
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is accused of barring two Black reporters from covering protests, retaliating against reporters who supported them by censoring stories  —  Late in the evening on June 5, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette removed two stories from its website that were shared earlier in the day on the paper's social media platform.
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Sources: at all-hands meeting, Maven announced 15% salary cuts across the org, while some staffers called for shutdown of its pro-police blog Blue Lives Matter  —  During a series of tense all-hands meetings, employees called upon Maven to cut ties with a “disgraceful” pro-police blog.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Study of kids aged 4 to 15 in the US, UK, and Spain finds they spent an average of 85 min/day on YouTube and 80 min/day on TikTok from February 2019-April 2020  —  A new study on kids' app usage and habits indicates a major threat to YouTube's dominance, as kids now split …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Fox News apologizes for displaying a graphic depicting market rallies after the killings of Martin Luther King, Michael Brown, and George Floyd  —  Fox News Channel on Saturday apologized after the display of an on-screen chart showing stock-market gains in the wake of infamous killings …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Refinery29 co-founder and global EIC Christene Barberich steps down after criticism over its lack of racial diversity and allegations of racial discrimination  —  Facebook Yanks Donald Trump Campaign's George Floyd Video Over Copyright Complaint, Following Twitter
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Telegraph Media Group says it will return government furlough money as its subscriptions grew more than 200% in March, reaching 500K subscribers two weeks ago
Jill Goldsmith / Deadline:
Filing: SiriusXM plans to raise $1B in a private debt offering, after a slump in ads and new cars sales, as ad hours on Pandora improved over the last few weeks
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John McCarthy / The Drum:
Interview with BuzzFeed News' James Lamon, head of content for Europe, on producing both viral content and investigative journalism after job cuts and furloughs
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
Comscore: G/O Media brands saw YoY drop in site traffic in April, with Deadspin down nearly 85%, Gizmodo ~58%, Jezebel ~52%, and Lifehacker ~24%
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Tara Kelly / Poynter:
Profile of member-funded French local news site Mediacités, which has gained 20% additional paying readers with solutions-based investigations amid the pandemic
Kelly McBride / NPR:
NPR's public editor answers questions about terms used to describe protests and George Floyd's death, focusing on importance of not trying to economize words
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
UK's Channel 4 is building an in-house digital content studio, 4Studio, to expand beyond linear programming and produce branded content for social platforms
John Crowley / Press Gazette:
As the number of UK freelancers rises to 32K in 2019 from 21K in 2010, support networks grow, but funding for projects tends to go to newsrooms, not individuals
[Thread] Contributing writer Wajahat Ali says some NYT reporters and editors live in fear of the “Bret Stephens Policy” forbidding public criticism of his work