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9:30 PM ET, June 25, 2020

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Ben Shapiro's The Daily Wire has massive engagement on Facebook, helped by a network of pages that simultaneously post at least 10 Daily Wire links per day  —  Founder of The Daily Wire, Ben Shapiro.  (MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images)  —  The success of The Daily Wire …
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 …
David Folkenflik / NPR:
A group of newsroom employees filed a proposed class-action lawsuit against the LA Times, claiming the paper has longstanding discriminatory pay practices  —  In the latest action by employees critical of the Los Angeles Times' fraught newsroom history of race and gender …
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
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.
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.
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Facebook says it is globally rolling out a notification screen warning users if they try to share content that's more than 90 days old  —  Facebook announced Thursday that it would introduce a notification screen warning users if they try to share content that's more than 90 days old.
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.
Tom Stites / Poynter:
UNC report finds that ~25% of the 9K newspapers published in 2004 have failed and 1,800 communities that had papers 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.
Jennifer Brandel / We Are Hearken:
Jennifer Brandel steps down as CEO of Hearken, which helps newsrooms connect with audiences, as Hearken merges with Switchboard, which helps manage communities  —  Hi reader.  Thanks for seeing this headline and being curious enough to click.  —  The TL;DR: I'm moving out of the CEO role …
Rachel Premack / Business Insider:
Condé Nast suspended Bon Appétit video editor Matt Hunziker; employees suggest Hunziker's social posts critical of Condé Nast and Bon Appétit led to suspension  —  - Condé Nast has suspended a Bon Appétit video editor, Matt Hunziker, “pending investigation” by the company.
 
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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
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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
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
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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
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
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