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8:20 AM ET, June 8, 2020


 Top News: 
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 …
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.
Marc Hogan / Pitchfork:
Dissatisfied with meagre Spotify earnings, some smaller musicians are finding solace on Bandcamp, which has recently started waiving its fees for a day  —  You won't find 75 Dollar Bill anywhere on the Billboard charts, but the New York act's latest studio album nabbed the No. 1 spot …
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  —  BuzzFeed's ‘Joy and Truth’ philosophy sets pizza and kitten virality as unlikely bedfellows to hard-hitting news.
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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
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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
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