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9:50 PM ET, June 2, 2021


 Top News: 
New York Times:
In 2020, Trump's DOJ secretly seized phone records from 2017 of four NYT reporters: Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman, Eric Lichtblau, and Michael S. Schmidt  —  The admission by the Biden Justice Department followed similar recent disclosures to The Washington Post and CNN.
Joshua Darr / FiveThirtyEight:
Researchers say Americans are more likely to vote for one party up and down the ballot when local newspapers close and they get their news from national outlets  —  The laws of supply and demand aren't working for local news.  —  The local news business was devastated by COVID-19, even though consumers wanted more of its product.
Charlotte Klein / Vanity Fair:
As a source says Gawker will return in fall, some Gawker alumni question its role in a crowded media world and whether Bustle will give it free reign  —  “Pugilistic” new editor in chief Leah Finnegan and her burgeoning masthead are drawing raves, but Gawker veterans question the notorious site's role …
Sara Guaglione / Digiday:
The Atlantic is spinning out its content and communications agency Atlantic 57, which will be rebranded Long Dash under the umbrella of Atlantic Media  —  The Atlantic is putting some separation between the publication and its agency Atlantic 57.  The latter will be spun out into its own division …
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
A spokesperson for Donald Trump says his blog, used to share statements after he was banned on Facebook and Twitter, has been permanently shut down  —  - Former President Donald Trump's blog has been permanently shut down.  — The page, “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump,” …
Michael King / The Streamable:
HBO Max with Ads launches for $9.99/mo, $5 cheaper than the ad-free plan, with a 15% discount for a year. and a maximum of four minutes of ads/hour  —  After announcing that their ad-supported plan would launch in early-June, HBO Max officially launched HBO Max with Ads for $9.99 a month.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Sean Mills, head of original content at Snap, is leaving after six years with the company; to date, Snap has launched or greenlit more than 125 original series  —  Sean Mills, head of original content at Snap, is leaving after six years with Snapchat's parent company.
Max Willens / Digiday:
Group Nine Media says it is working on a first-party data offering called In-Genuity to target audiences both on its sites and across social media platforms  —  Add Group Nine Media to the list of publishers looking to future-proof their direct sales business with first party data.
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
Insider says its sales revenue is up 61% YoY in H1 2021, with more ad revenue in first five months of 2021 than all of 2020; half of Insider revenue is from ads  —  Insider's ad business is on a positive trajectory thanks to its focus on harnessing its first-party data and so is the company's plans …
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
About 120 staffers in Hearst Magazine's sales, marketing, and ad unit, or just over 5% of the division's workforce, have accepted buyout offers  —  The voluntary buyout offers Hearst Magazines extended to 600 employees in its sales, marketing and ad side has resulted in close to 120 staffers raising their hands, sources tell Media Ink.
Kate Clark / The Information:
Sources: Union Square Ventures has invested in publishing tool, which resembles Medium but adds funding options via NFT sales, at a $100M valuation  —  Union Square Ventures, an early backer of the cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase, has invested in crypto publishing tool …
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At least 474 Indian journalists have died from COVID-19 through May and reporters are now calling for vaccination access and timely medical care
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Dan Mangan / CNBC:
National Enquirer's publisher has agreed to pay $187,500 in a FEC settlement over a 2016 hush-money payment to Karen McDougal, who alleged an affair with Trump
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Discovery CEO David Zaslav announces the new name for the combination of Discovery and AT&T's WarnerMedia: Warner Bros. Discovery
Kim Lyons / The Verge:
Twitter says it will start adding full-screen ads to Fleets, supporting images and videos that can be up to 30 seconds long, initially in US on iOS and Android