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5:40 PM ET, June 11, 2020


 Top News: 
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.
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
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 …
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.
Edmund Lee / New York Times:
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
Bon Appétit releases a statement conceding its racially insensitive past, vowing extensive changes like prioritizing people of color for its EIC candidate pool
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  —  EXCLUSIVE: A&E has canceled its flagship series and one of the highest-rated shows on basic cable.  A week after Live P.D. was pulled …
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:
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.
Dominic Patten / Deadline:
Disney and other companies have suspended advertising on Tucker Carlson's Fox News show in recent weeks, as Carlson ramped up criticism of protests  —  Tucker Carlson may have one of the most watched shows on cable news, but the Fox News Channel host is losing advertisers - again.
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Jason Samenow / Washington Post:
The Weather Company, which runs and Weather Underground, is laying off writers, editors, and video journalists, and shuttering the Category 6 blog
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Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Gannett says many of its 260 regional outlets have 10 or fewer news staff and a lot have five or less; The Ithaca Journal in NY has just a single reporter
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
Los Angeles County plans to issue guidelines on Thursday for restarting film and TV production; some productions are expected to restart in July and August
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
Abid Rahman / Hollywood Reporter:
HBO Max temporarily pulls Gone With the Wind, the American classic considered controversial for its depiction of Black people and its positive view of slavery