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6:50 PM ET, June 17, 2020


 Top News: 
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Facebook and Instagram will allow some US users to turn off political ads starting Wednesday; the feature will roll out to all US users over the next few weeks  —  - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday announced the social network will allow its users to turn off seeing political ads.
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:   Facebook says it will expand its Ad Library tool to track spending by US senatorial and congressional candidates
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
No, Google didn't demonetize The Federalist and Zero Hedge, as NBC's misleading story claims, and it is not an example of anti-conservative bias  —  from the another-day-another-story dept  —  So, earlier today, NBC reported that Google had “banned” two well known websites from its ad platform, namely The Federalist and Zero Hedge.
Aaron Holmes / Business Insider:
Google cracks down on The Federalist and ZeroHedge for violating policies on race-related content and may permanently suspend their access to Google Ads revenue
Callum Borchers / WBUR:
Boston NPR affiliate WBUR, one of the largest in public radio, to lay off 29 people, or 10%+ of its staff, to help reduce its operating budget by ~13%, to ~$40M  —  WBUR will lay off more than 10% of the station's staff, including several newsroom leaders, and stop producing …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Kim Kardashian West reaches a deal with Spotify for a podcast about her work with the Innocence Project, which seeks to clear wrongly convicted people  —  Show would explore the celebrity's work with the Innocence Project  —  Kim Kardashian West reached a deal with Spotify Technology SA …
Tomi Kilgore / MarketWatch:
Sinclair says it will launch a headline news service in early 2021 focusing on commentary-free content provided by its network of local broadcast stations  —  Referenced Symbols  —  Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. SBGI, -3.45% said Wednesday it will be hiring 25 new positions …
Michael Pack takes over as head of US Agency for Global Media, overseeing VOA and more, says in a memo he's committed to independence of journalists  —  New York (CNN Business)The new chief executive of the US Agency for Global Media (USAGM) has yet to show up for his job, sources tell CNN …
American police have a far-right media ecosystem of their own, with rampant misinformation and bigotry and extremist views dictating the narrative  —  Cops have a far-right media ecosystem of their own, where they post racist memes, spread disinformation and call for violence against antifa.
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Reuters survey: BBC News is more trusted in the US than the country's largest news brands like WSJ, CBS News, and NYT, and second only to local television news  —  BBC News is more trusted in the United States than the country's largest national news brands, a survey published today suggests.
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
After June 30, when Alden can increase its Tribune stake, Alden could take full control or force a sale or Tribune could sell off its papers separately  —  Alden Global Capital could take full control or force a sale.  The LA Times' owner could play spoiler.  Or Tribune's papers could be sold piecemeal.
Discussion: @darrendcarroll
The Information:
Sources: TikTok expects its US revenue to hit $500M this year; in 2019, TikTok brought in about $200M to $300M in worldwide revenue  —  TikTok has taken off like a rocket ship in the U.S. and around the world, creating a new mobile video experience that has left YouTube and Facebook scrambling to keep up.
Columbia Journalism Review:
CJR and the Tow Center for Digital Journalism launch The Journalism Crisis Project to document and examine the scope of job losses and newsroom cutbacks  —  For years, we've watched local journalism efforts wither and news deserts form, leaving a growing list of critical stories uncovered.
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.
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
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Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Headless CMS company Contentful raises $80M Series E, bringing total raised to $158.3M, and says it now has 2,200 paying customers, including Spotify and ITV
David Cohen / Adweek:
Spotify adds video ads to Ad Studio, its self-serve ad platform, in Canada, UK, and the US, and says 50% of its advertisers used it in May, up from 11% in March
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The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Philadelphia Magazine editor Tom McGrath to step down at the end of the summer, says the pub needs to hire a replacement who isn't “a middle-aged white guy”
Luke Guillory / Ad Age:
GroupM: in 2020, print ad spend to drop 26%, digital advertising 3%, TV advertising 7%; SVOD like Hulu and Roku to grow 15% in 2021
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A deep look at the toxic relationship between Pittsburgh Post-Gazette journalists and its publisher, whose family has owned the paper for nearly a century
Neal Justin / Star Tribune:
American Public Media Group ends production on Live From Here, the successor to A Prairie Home Companion, and lays off 28; CEO blames the pandemic for cuts
David Shortell / CNN:
Court docket: the Trump admin sues to block John Bolton's book, set to publish June 23, alleging breach of contract and that it's “rife” with classified info
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Community-centered nonprofit newsroom The Oaklandside, a Berkeleyside sister publication, officially launches with $1.56M in funding from Google News Initiative