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Angry over critical coverage, tech figures discuss hitting back against journalists, on Twitter and invite-only Clubhouse, leading to harassment of NYT's Lorenz  —  In leaked audio from an invite-only app, venture capitalists pondered everything they think is wrong with journalism.
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Erin B. Logan / @erinblogan:
LA Times' Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong responds to a letter from the LAT union's Black caucus, promising to hire more Black journalists, ensure equitable pay, more  —  On June 23, The L.A. Times Guild lead by Black members sent Times' owner Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong an open letter demanding the paper address its racism and commit to do better. This is his first public response.
Ginia Bellafante / New York Times:
WNYC staff express sense of betrayal in letter to board, having said before that they wanted an EIC who was a POC, knew the city, and had experience in radio  —  The public radio stalwart vowed to fix what its journalists said was a toxic work culture.  But the latest changes have led to a newsroom revolt.
Samer Kalaf / The Daily Beast:
Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy promises to “be better” after seven Black staffers examined his earlier racist language in a podcast  —  ‘EXTREMELY REAL’  —  The sports site's notorious founder refused to apologize for racist comments, only doing so on Thursday after some staffers …
Hanaa' Tameez / Nieman Lab:
The Trans Journalists Association launched Tuesday to offer professional support to trans journalists and to provide guidance to newsrooms on trans coverage  —  On Tuesday, the last day of Pride Month, 50 journalists launched a project to keep with the momentum of the month: the Trans Journalists Association.
Discussion: @transjournalist
Jeremy Gordon / Columbia Journalism Review:
A requiem for The Outline, which had a broad editorial vision with creative freedom for staff, and which closed in April after less than four years of existence  —  On April 3, the day The Outline was shut down and its editorial staff let go, my coworkers and I received hundreds of messages …
Laura Hughes / Financial Times:
Boris Johnson is planning to replace afternoon Lobby press briefings in the UK with a daily televised press conference, akin to the American format, in October  —  UK government plans White House-style televised daily press briefings in shake-up  —  Downing Street is launching plans …
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
Refinery29 President Amy Emmerich steps down; the site's union called for her resignation in June, and Vice was probing claims of toxic behavior at Refinery29  —  New York (CNN Business)Amy Emmerich, global president and chief content officer of Refinery29, announced Thursday that she is stepping down from her position immediately.
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Caffeine, which aims to compete with Twitch but focuses on content like rap battles, has raised $113M, led by Fox Corp, Cox Enterprises, and Sanabil Investments  —  - Fox, Cox Enterprises among investors leading funding round  — Music competitions have helped attract 2 million users
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Jack Shafer / Politico:
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Jon Henley / The Guardian:
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Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Facebook says it now finds that there is an undisclosed financial relationship between The Daily Wire and Mad World News and will temporarily demote the latter
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