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5:45 PM ET, June 18, 2020


 Top News: 
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
Colin Kaepernick joins Medium's board and will write for Medium publications; Kaepernick Publishing will create stories for Medium about race and civil rights  —  New York (CNN Business)Colin Kaepernick is expanding his media ambitions.  —  The athlete-turned-civil-rights- activist …
Ben Smith / @benyt:
Memo: NYT will assemble a diverse advisory council to help develop a diversity and inclusion strategy; newsroom to create its own team to study diversity issues  —  And @nytimes just emailed staff with plans to create “a more modern news organization that benefits from the wisdom of a larger and far more diverse staff.”
Ben Smith / @benyt:
Memo: WaPo Publisher Fred Ryan promises a stronger culture of diversity, unconscious bias training for managers, a diversity director, new jobs covering race  —  .@washingtonpost publisher Fred Ryan just sent staff an email promising “a stronger culture of diversity,” and new spending and jobs around covering race
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
Kevin G. Hall / McClatchy:
Filing: the “supplemental” pensions McClatchy stopped paying amid bankruptcy totaled $118M+ at the end of 2019; former CEO Gary Pruitt tops the list at $14.5M  —  Hundreds of former McClatchy and Knight Ridder employees ranging from CEOs to sports columnists were owed supplemental …
Washington Post:
US DOJ escalates the legal battle against John Bolton, seeking a temporary restraining order blocking publication of his White House memoir  —  The Justice Department on Wednesday night sought an emergency order from a judge blocking the publication of former national security adviser John …
James Ball / Columbia Journalism Review:
Micropayments for articles won't work because of economic, philosophical, and logistical reasons, among them is that most pubs are conceived as package deals  —  It circulates every few weeks on social media, and gets thousands of shares each time—often when a news outlet has announced layoffs or losses.
Discussion: @cjr
Jake Kanter / Deadline:
Amazon is planning to stream four Premier League games for free on Twitch in the UK, starting June 29  —  EXCLUSIVE: Amazon is planning to stream live Premier League fixtures for free on Twitch in the UK as it aims to give fans the chance to interact with each other while games are being played.
Seb Joseph / Digiday:
TikTok to launch #LearnOnTikTok in Europe, a £13M initiative to pay experts and organizations, like the University of Cambridge, to create educational videos  —  In the past year, TikTok's growth has intensified thanks to short, quirky dance videos created and adored by its huge Gen Z users base …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Flipboard debuts Storyboards, letting publishers and verified users create roundups of articles, videos, tweets, and more, as part of its new Curator Pro tool  —  Flipboard is giving news publishers and other curators on the platform a new way to highlight content through a format called Storyboards.
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James Hercher / AdExchanger:
YouTube announces new shoppable video ad unit, with clickable product images that link to the advertising brand's product
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
SiriusXM will acquire podcast management platform Simplecast, with plans to integrate the company with its digital audio ads subsidiary AdsWizz
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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
Sources: heads of 4 outlets overseen by the US Agency for Global Media were fired Wednesday, heightening fear that CEO Michael Pack will politicize the agency
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