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6:20 AM ET, June 3, 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.
Lauradixon / Global Investigative Journalism Network:
Nonprofit news outlets across the globe with a focus on health coverage showed their strengths during the pandemic with in-depth reporting  —  When the COVID-19 pandemic took hold last year, editors scrambled to rapidly assemble teams to cover the crisis.  Readers suddenly wanted …
Trans writers and journalists struggle to get old bylines corrected, as company policies for updating bylines vary greatly across academic and news publishing  —  When Theresa Tanenbaum transitioned in 2019, she changed her name and began a years-long quest to correct the one she was given at birth …
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.
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.
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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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
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
Rachel Chitra / Reuters Institute for the Study …:
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