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7:10 AM ET, June 10, 2020

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Rick Porter / Hollywood Reporter:
ViacomCBS' Paramount Network pulls the plug on the long-running TV show Cops after protests over the death of George Floyd; old episodes still air on Pluto TV  —  The move follows the ViacomCBS cable network's decision to pull episodes of the show in the wake of protests against police brutality.
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 …
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.
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.
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Bon Appétit editor alleges only white editors have been paid for video appearances; a Condé Nast representative denied the allegation
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) …
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 …
Nicholas Quah / Nieman Lab:
Broccoli Content's Equality in Audio Pact pushes podcast companies to hire minorities on projects unrelated to their identity, release race pay gap data, more  —  Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts.  This is issue 261, dated June 9, 2020.  —  The last pandemic watch, for now.
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 …
Seb Joseph / Digiday:
Riot Games is featuring in-game ads during broadcasts of League of Legends tournaments; the company says 100M+ viewers watched last year's championship  —  Gaming has always been valuable, but underutilized by advertisers — until now.  —  Fortnite reinvigorated casual gaming for a variety of audiences …
Discussion: @bidstack
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 …
 
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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
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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
Discussion: USA Today
Samson Amore / The Wrap:
Boom.tv, which has built a live-streaming service that makes it easier to watch and create amateur esports events, raises $10M Series A
New York Times:
Authors compare their book advances using #PublishingPaidMe hashtag, exposing racial pay inequality in the industry, as major publishers address concerns raised
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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
Ben Strauss / Washington Post:
ESPN, which has sought to project an apolitical image, has thrown its full capacity into covering the George Floyd protests, through a sports lens and beyond
Maddy Crowell / VQR Online:
Profile of Caravan, a small but influential Indian magazine whose political investigations make it a target of Modi's Hindu nationalists
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