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9:10 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.
David Roberts / Vox:
To defend values like respect for accuracy and shared facts, media cannot remain neutral when those values are under threat from racialized authoritarianism
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.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Bon Appétit editor alleges only white editors have been paid for video appearances; a Condé Nast representative denied the allegation  —  : Adam Rapoport, editor-in-chief of Bon Appetit, came under fire Monday with calls for him to resign or be fired after allegations …
Marina Fang / HuffPost:
Bon Appétit EIC Adam Rapoport says he is stepping down after a photo of him in brown face surfaced causing an uproar from staffers  —  The publication has long faced controversies surrounding its cultural appropriation of food trends and glaringly white staff.
The Arizona State Press:
Cronkite School of Journalism says Sonya Forte Duhé will not become its next Dean, after reports of alleged racist and homophobic remarks to students  —  Provost Mark Searle made the announcement and said he would appoint an interim dean this week  —  Sonya Forte Duhé …
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Comcast commits $100M to a three-year plan to advance social justice and equality with a $75M cash commitment and $25M in media  —  Chairman and CEO Brian Roberts vows to fight “injustice and inequality against any race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation or ability.”
New York Times:
Company memo: Axios CEO Jim VandeHei says he supports employees' right to march, and Axios would cover bail and assist in medical bills for any staff doing so  —  In a company memo, the chief executive of the politics news site said he supported staff members' right to march …
Ben Smith / @benyt:
[Thread] Internal WaPo report: Felicia Sonmez's suspension was “arbitrary”, suggesting “management is ill-equipped to deal with social media in the modern era”  —  I've obtained a copy of the “Recommendations for Social Media Use” @washingtonpost National Editor Steven Ginsberg sought from a group of staffers. It's an X-ray of the issues I wrote about this week, and you can read the full thing here:
Bijan Stephen / The Verge:
Twitch has had a “sudden influx of DMCA takedown requests for clips” from 2017 to 2019, as creators bemoan the three strike rule and lack of bulk deletion tools  —  There has been a flurry of takedown requests in the last few days  —  Over the last few days …
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