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5:30 AM ET, June 16, 2020


 Top News: 
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 …
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
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  —  The Los Angeles Times' top editor is scrambling to placate journalists of color after years of often-unfulfilled promises …
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.
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 …
Marc Malkin / Variety:
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences postpones the 93rd Academy Awards by two months to April 25, 2021  —  The 2021 Oscars will go on — just not on Feb. 28.  —  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Monday that the 93rd Academy Awards telecast has been postponed two months to April 25, 2021.
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 …
Steven Perlberg / Digiday:
How Quartz, sold to Japanese company Uzabase in 2018, went from a profitable high-flyer to announcing layoffs and restructuring in May  —  In July 2018, Uzabase co-founder Yusuke Umeda addressed a room of anxious Quartz employees.  —  Staffers were reeling from the news that the business publication …
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Sources detail NYT publisher A.G. Sulzberger's handling of Tom Cotton's op-ed, initially defending James Bennet before realizing the damage was too great  —  INSIDE THE CIVIL WAR  —  The 39-year-old Times boss now oversees a newspaper in crisis—and his leadership has never been under such intense scrutiny.
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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Interview with Fox News host Chris Wallace, often at odds with the rest of the network, on critiquing Trump, his colleagues, and more
Anya Schiffrin / Columbia Journalism Review:
Nonprofit news site The Conversation increased global page views to 81M in April, up from 40.1M YoY, with contributor submissions tripling during the pandemic
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