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4:50 PM ET, June 20, 2020


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Aaron Mackey / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Proposals by Sen. Hawley and the DOJ to amend Section 230 protections would violate the First Amendment and bury tech platforms in legal cost and liability risk  —  Whether we know it or not, all Internet users rely on multiple online services to connect, engage, and express themselves online.
Pamela McClintock / Hollywood Reporter:
Memo: AMC reverses course after “immediate outcry” from customers and will require moviegoers to wear masks when the company reopens about 450 theaters July 15  —  The country's largest cinema chain came under fierce scrutiny Thursday over comments made by its CEO.
Spencer Hsu / Washington Post:
Federal judge rejects DOJ's emergency request to block the publication of John Bolton's White House memoir The Room Where It Happened  —  A federal judge Saturday rejected the Justice Department's emergency request to block publication of John Bolton's White House memoir …
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Atlanta's AJC has partnered with United Robots, which generates stories based on large data sets, to produce drafts of real estate articles tailored to ZIP code  —  To gather information and stories relevant to our readers, AJC editors and reporters for decades have spent time and energy looking …
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
The Daily Mail surpassed The Sun to become the UK's best-selling newspaper in May; Murdoch's Sun had been the best-selling paper for 42 years  —  Editor Geordie Greig hails ‘historic moment’ after ending tabloid's 42-year reign  —  After 42 years as the UK's best-selling newspaper, the Sun has lost its title to the Daily Mail.
Ann-Marie Alcántara / Wall Street Journal:
As BuzzFeed and other publishers experiment with texting to deliver news to readers, the immediate return on investment remains unclear  —  Media companies experiment with a different type of reader experience  —  When BuzzFeed News journalist Mat Honan began texting readers …
Discussion: @itstheannmarie
Alexander Russo / Poynter:
The journalists who cover education generally fail to reflect the diversity of the students and communities they cover, but some outlets have improved numbers  —  Last summer, education reporter Jenny Abamu left WAMU, the Washington, DC-area NPR station, after only about a year on the job.
Discussion: @alexanderrusso
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Disney+ has quietly stopped offering new subscribers a free seven-day trial, ahead of its release of the Hamilton Broadway production recording  —  Pay to be in the room where it happens  —  Disney Plus has appeared to have quietly stopped offering new subscribers a free seven-day trial …
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
Sixteen former and current staff at Digital Trends share instances of racism, sexism, sexual harassment, and homophobia at the tech publication  —  On Wednesday, June 10, the entire Digital Trends staff — approximately 130 people — spent three hours in a virtual town hall meeting.
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 …
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The Guardian:
Twitter has suspended the account of far-right British commentator Katie Hopkins, who has written for Rebel Media and Mail Online and who had 1.1M+ followers
Denise Balkissoon / Chatelaine:
A former journalist at Canada's Globe and Mail details her experience of racism and failed diversity initiatives amid a wider racial reckoning in Canadian media
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Twitch is growing as a platform for live music, which is now among its top 15 genres; report: Twitch users watched 27M hours of music in May, up 5X from Jan.
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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
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
Mathieu Rosemain / Reuters:
France's top court rejects a draft law compelling social media companies to remove hateful content within 24 hours for interfering excessively in free speech
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