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7:45 AM ET, June 19, 2020


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Brent Lang / Variety:
AMC Theaters expects to resume operations at 450 locations in the US on July 15, won't require moviegoers to wear masks or undergo temperature checks  —  AMC Theatres, the world's largest exhibitor, has unveiled plans to re-open after coronavirus forced it to close its more than 600 venues in the U.S. for nearly four months.
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
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
Bloomberg relaunches CityLab, which it bought from Atlantic Media at end of 2019; executive editor Jennifer Sondag says site will be unpaywalled through 2020  —  When Bloomberg acquired CityLab — which reports from the intersection of public policy, urban studies, and city living …
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Pitchfork staffers staged a four-hour work stoppage Thursday in protest of what they call anti-union initiatives taken by the publication and parent Condé Nast  —  The influential music site will go dark for four hours on Thursday to bring attention to “clear, demonstrable union-busting …
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
Vice Media launches internal investigation into allegations of toxic workplace behavior at Refinery29 after CNN published an extensive investigation last week  —  New York (CNN Business)Vice Media Group has launched an internal investigation into allegations of toxic workplace behavior at Refinery29 …
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 …
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 …
David Brinkerhoff / USA Today:
The CEO of Gannett's operating company, Paul Bascobert, is leaving; Michael Reed, chairman and CEO of Gannett Co., assumes Bascobert's responsibilities  —  Gannett Co., on Thursday said that the CEO of its operating company, Paul Bascobert, will leave the company after the board eliminated …
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 …
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Spotify signs a multiyear deal with Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment to produce and distribute original scripted podcasts centered on the DC universe
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Washington Post:
US DOJ escalates the legal battle against John Bolton, seeking a temporary restraining order blocking publication of his White House memoir
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