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4:45 PM ET, June 25, 2020


 Top News: 
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Google announces a licensing program to pay publishers for content for a new news product, launching later this year, as part of the Google News Initiative  —  In a major departure from its long-standing practice of not paying publishers directly to distribute their work …
Nieman Lab:
Laura Hazard Owen named editor of Nieman Lab, replacing Joshua Benton, who will return to reporting as a senior writer  —  Two journalists at Nieman Lab, the Nieman Foundation's publication covering digital innovation and change in journalism, are moving into new roles beginning on July 1, 2020.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Gone with the Wind returns to HBO Max with an intro video saying the film “denies the horrors of slavery” and a one-hour panel discussion of its legacy  —  “Gone With the Wind” is back on HBO Max — with two additional videos that discuss the historical context of the classic film.
Jill Goldsmith / Deadline:
Vice launches Vice World News, which will create international TV, audio, and digital news programming across beats like climate, drugs, privacy, inequality  —  Vice Media Group Wednesday set the premiere for Vice TV's Disruptors (working title), a new series with sports journalists Jemele Hill …
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Vice News will launch a weekly investigative podcast, distributed on the iHeartPodcast Network
Jason Kelly / Bloomberg:
LeBron James and Maverick Carter's media company SpringHill consolidates Robot, SpringHill Entertainment, and Uninterrupted, and raised $100M at its March debut  —  “We've been through a lot this year,” said LeBron James.  The three-time NBA champion and Los Angeles Laker talked …
Tom Stites / Poynter:
UNC report finds that ~25% of the 9K papers published in 2004 have failed and 1,800 communities that had newspapers in 2004 are now news deserts  —  The relentless spread of news deserts was speeding up even before the coronavirus incapacitated local economies, and since then the rate has accelerated some more.
Molly McCluskey / Poynter:
Freelancers and contractors are rarely counted in the tabulations of journalism jobs lost amid the pandemic, and they face higher risks, often without insurance  —  While nearly every industry is facing layoffs due to the coronavirus epidemic, journalism is bearing a particular brunt.
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
An overview of 3 studies on the relationship between consuming rightwing media and believing in pandemic conspiracy theories or failing to try to avoid COVID-19  —  The three studies paint a picture of a media ecosystem that entertains conspiracy theories and discourages audiences from taking steps to protect themselves and others
CAA partners with New Enterprise Associates to form Connect Ventures, a $100M fund to invest in media and tech companies, starting with Spire Animation Studios  —  - CAA and New Enterprise Associates form $100 million fund  — CAA represents Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon and Chris Paul
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The Daily Beast:
Judge tosses a suit to block Mary Trump's book on the Trumps, saying court lacked jurisdiction; lawyer Charles Harder says he'll refile in state supreme court  —  A Queens County Surrogate Court Judge cited “several improprieties” in Robert Trump's attempt to block niece Mary's tell-all, slated to be published this fall.
Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
Ben & Jerry's, Eddie Bauer, and Magnolia Pictures join Patagonia, REI, and others suspending Facebook ads in July to protest amplification of hate speech  —  Eddie Bauer, Magnolia Pictures, Ben & Jerry's and others have suspended campaigns over the platform's content moderation practices.
Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:
Sources: Facebook's head of trust and safety policy admits to a “trust deficit” on a call with 200+ advertisers, as the company tries to stem an ad boycott
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Dell Cameron / Gizmodo:
Twitter has banned the account of Distributed Denial of Secrets, a group that recently made accessible one of the largest dumps of leaked US police documents
Rachel Abrams / New York Times:
ViacomCBS says The Comey Rule mini-series will air in September, ahead of election day, after its director criticized its late-November release date