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10:20 AM ET, June 16, 2020


 Top News: 
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Report: just 15% of UK left-leaning voters say they mostly trust news media, down from 46% in 2015, trust is down 20%+ overall in UK; BBC is most trusted org  —  Overall trust down 20 points since 2015, and ‘silent majority’ want ‘neutral and detached’ news
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Reuters digital news report based on surveys of 80K+ people in 40 countries: more people are paying for news, many prefer sources with “no point of view”, more  —  The percentage of people paying for news online continues to increase — and people may even pay for more than one subscription.
Wall Street Journal:
Staffers across US newsrooms seek changes on diversity, hiring, and coverage; sources: at WSJ, 150+ journalists sent letter to top execs expressing concerns  —  Staffers at several media outlets are pressing for changes on diversity, coverage and pay transparency
CBS Boston:
Six former employees of eBay charged with leading a cyberstalking campaign against a couple they believed was critical of eBay in an online ecommerce newsletter  —  BOSTON (CBS) - Six former eBay executives and employees are facing federal charges after they allegedly led a cyberstalking campaign …
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Memo: Voice of America Director Amanda Bennett and Deputy Director Sandy Sugawara have resigned as Trump appointee Michael Pack takes over VOA's parent agency  —  New York (CNN Business)Two top officials at Voice of America resigned on Monday as an appointee of President Trump prepares …
Benedict Evans:
Analysis: while US newspaper ad revenue has collapsed since the 2008 financial crisis, newspapers have been losing marketshare of ad spend since the 1950s  —  There are two ways you can talk about newspapers.  You can talk about the ‘third estate’, and newspapers' role in culture, politics …
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
Some publishers are prioritizing subscription volume, often by offering discounts, over immediate revenue, lowering the value of each subscriber  —  Like a lot of media trends spinning out of the pandemic and disconnecting legacy business norms with new in-market realities …
Wall Street Journal:
Black producers say more representation in management and creative roles is needed to make real change in Hollywood, not just empty gestures like canceling Cops  —  Black entertainment professionals say it's time to go beyond superficial measures; to make real change in Hollywood …
Olivia Solon / NBC News:
Dozens of Tunisian, Syrian, and Palestinian activists and journalists say their Facebook accounts have been deactivated recently on the pretext of terrorism  —  “Facebook doesn't care.  It closes our accounts on the pretext of terrorism.  We are against terrorism and violence," one journalist said.
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
E! Online launches a redesign to highlight 24-hour news and the live events it covers, and says between 80% and 90% of visits come from users on mobile devices  —  Starting Monday, E! Online is going to look different as the company seeks to highlight not only the popular shows on its cable channel …
Lian Buan / Rappler:
A court in Manila finds Rappler CEO Maria Ressa guilty of “cyber libel”, along with former researcher-writer Reynaldo Santos Jr.  —  The court rules only Rappler as a company is not guilty … MANILA, Philippines - The Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 46 convicted Rappler CEO …
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Marc Malkin / Variety:
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences postpones the 93rd Academy Awards by two months to April 25, 2021
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Sources describe an “internal uprising” over racial inequity at LA Times, which has one black reporter on the metro desk of nearly 90 people covering greater LA
Lachlan Cartwright / The Daily Beast:
Sources: Trump's niece, Mary Trump, to publish a tell-all this summer revealing she was a primary source for NYT's Pulitzer-winning deep dive into Trump's taxes
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Amanda Meade / The Guardian:
In response to Australian regulator, Facebook says it will not pay for shared news links and that not having them at all would not significantly impact business
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: at its current pace, Quibi will sign up fewer than 2M paying subscribers by the end of its first year, well under its original target of 7.4M