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8:15 PM ET, June 9, 2020


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Wendi C. Thomas / MLK50:
Journalist and MLK50 founder Wendi C. Thomas on finding out she was being monitored by Memphis PD, likely because her sources were organizers and activists  —  Wendi C. Thomas is on a long list of prominent black journalists and activists who have been surveilled by police over decades.
Greg Dool / Folio:
Bimonthly California Sunday Magazine, which is owned by Pop-Up Magazine Productions, shuts down its print edition  —  After six years and 40 issues, The California Sunday Magazine is saying goodbye to print.  The bimonthly title produced by parent company Pop-Up Magazine Productions …
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Google News Initiative, Local Media Consortium, and the Local Media Association launch Support Local News, a $15M ad campaign in North America  —  The campaign is in partnership with the Local Media Consortium and Local Media Association  —  Local newsrooms hurt by the shutdown of the economy …
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
MSN's AI editor confused a mixed-race member of the band Little Mix with another; source: MSN staff were told to hide stories on the error as the AI found them  —  Firm's plan to replace editors with AI backfires after wrong image of musician is published  —  Microsoft's decision …
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
At a Condé Nast town hall, CEO Roger Lynch claims ignorance of diversity and pay issues and says the company plans to conduct internal studies of these matters  —  A Conde Nast company-wide town hall on Tuesday about diversity and pay equity drew skepticism and scorn from former employees.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Bon Appétit editor alleges only white editors have been paid for video appearances; a Condé Nast representative denied the allegation
Jane Eisner / Columbia Journalism Review:
Jewish journalism already faces an uncertain future with staff cuts and growing anti-Semitism, as new anonymous funders of UK's Jewish Chronicle raise concerns  —  When, just before the Passover holiday, Britain's Jewish Chronicle—the world's oldest Jewish newspaper—announced it was closing …
New York Times:
Authors compare their book advances using #PublishingPaidMe hashtag, exposing racial pay inequality in the industry, as major publishers address concerns raised  —  A viral hashtag encouraged black and nonblack book authors to compare their pay.  Publishers pledged to improve their diversity efforts.
Tom Jones / Poynter:
McClatchy is exiting the office leases of seven newsrooms, whose staff will continue to work remotely; the goal is to find new offices next year  —  Disposing of big, iconic headquarter buildings has happened before.  But this move means eliminating newsrooms altogether, at least for the time being.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook News, a dedicated section linking to journalism sources, launches in the US, first on mobile, following a limited test that rolled out in October  —  Facebook News, the social network's dedicated section devoted to journalism, is today launching for all users in the U.S. The feature …
David Shepardson / Reuters:
In letter, four GOP senators ask the FCC to review Section 230 and “clearly define the criteria for which companies can receive protections under the statute”  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four Republican senators on Tuesday urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Flipboard expands its local news feature from 23 to 50 US and Canadian metropolitan areas and now allows users to personalize their feeds by choosing sub-topics  —  In January, personalized news app Flipboard announced it was expanding into local news.  From the new “Local” tab in the app …
Discussion: Adweek
Sally Davidow / The NewsGuild - CWA:
At shareholder meeting, Gannett investors reject proposal to prepare an annual “internal audit” measuring staffing growth, diversity, impact of journalism  —  June 8, 2020 - Gannett shareholders rejected a proposal calling on the company to produce an annual report on its commitment to journalism on Monday.
Discussion: USA Today
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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
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