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12:40 AM ET, June 12, 2020

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Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
In an interview, Heath Freeman of Alden Global Capital says he wants to safeguard the news business, while other industry leaders warn against believing him  —  Ask Heath Freeman why he got into the newspaper business and the explanation is specific and bloodless.
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Snapchat redesigns its app with a new action bar and a new Happening Now banner based on a curation of news stories  —  Snap is unveiling some important changes for Snapchat at its Snap Partner Summit.  The navigation has been rethought with a new action bar at the bottom that lets you access Snap Map and Snap Originals in just a tap.
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Snap says it has reached multiyear deals with Disney, ESPN, NBCUniversal, ViacomCBS, the NBA, and the NFL to expand content on Snapchat's Discover  —  Condé Nast VP of Video Matt Duckor Is Gone After Pay-Inequity Allegations, Racist and Homophobic Tweets
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
Sources: Refinery29, a brand focused on women's empowerment, fostered a toxic workplace at odds with its public image, including pay gaps for women and POC  —  New York (CNN Business)Amid the protests over the death of George Floyd and larger racial inequalities in the US last week …
P. Kim Bui / Collected Notes:
What it's like to be a newsroom leader and a person of color right now, quietly swallowing racism, fake allies, slights, and soul-deep exhaustion  —  A day in our shoes  —  You put on two faces, two personalities each morning.  And everything you say, everything you do has dual implications.
Ginia Bellafante / New York Times:
As a reckoning comes for Condé Nast magazines, questions arise on the future of Anna Wintour, who has enshrined values of pedigree and privilege at the company  —  A reckoning has come to Bon Appétit and the other magazines of Condé Nast.  Can a culture built on elitism and exclusion possibly change?
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Edmund Lee / New York Times:
MIT News:
MIT ends negotiations with Elsevier for a new journals contract, saying Elsevier was unable to offer a proposal that aligned with open access principles  —  Institute ends negotiations for a new journals contract in the absence of a proposal aligning with the MIT Framework for Publisher Contracts.
Robert Silverman / The Daily Beast:
Per current terms only reporters who quarantine at Disney's ESPN complex with NBA teams will be able to interact with players; the NBA won't cover housing costs  —  According to an NBA beat writers association memo obtained by The Daily Beast, reporters who want to cover the resumed season …
Andrew Golis / New York Public Radio:
Memo: Audrey Cooper, who has been editor in chief of the San Francisco Chronicle since 2015, will join WNYC as editor in chief on July 20  —  Cooper to Lead All Local WNYC News Efforts  —  Read more in these notes from WNYC Chief Content Officer Andrew Golis and Audrey Cooper:
 
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Jason Samenow / Washington Post:
The Weather Company, which runs weather.com and Weather Underground, is laying off writers, editors, and video journalists, and shuttering the Category 6 blog
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Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
A&E cancels reality series Live P.D., which had been renewed for 160 episodes a month ago, following nationwide protests and calls for police reform
David Folkenflik / NPR:
A black Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter says the executive editor's letter defending a decision to prevent her from covering protests was dehumanizing