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12:10 PM ET, June 7, 2021


 Top News: 
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
Staff at The Atlantic announce an intent to unionize; EIC appears to agree to voluntarily recognize the union, announcing intention to work with its organizers  —  New York (CNN Business)In a 1916 issue of The Atlantic Monthly, John D. Rockefeller Jr. wrote about workers' right to organize.
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
DOJ says it will no longer “seek compulsory legal process in leak investigations to obtain source information from members of the news media doing their jobs”  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Saturday that it no longer will secretly obtain reporters' records …
New York Times:
DOJ obtained a gag order, under Trump and continuing under Biden, preventing NYT execs from disclosing efforts to seize reporters' records even to Dean Baquet
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
France's competition authority says Google agreed to pay a fine of nearly $270M and promised to make it easier for competitors to use its ad tools  —  Deal with competition authority resolves complaint over the firm's digital advertising tactics  —  PARIS— Alphabet Inc.'s Google agreed …
Kristine Phillips / USA Today:
The FBI has dropped a subpoena for USA Today records identifying readers of a story on a Florida shooting, after investigators found the suspect via other means  —  WASHINGTON - The FBI has withdrawn a subpoena demanding records from USA TODAY that would identify readers of a February story …
Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
How some watchdog blogs blur the line between PR and journalism: Checks and Balances Project shares a founder with a PR firm and received a grant from Airbnb  —  At first glance, Checks and Balances Project looks like a traditional if scrappy news site — an “investigative watchdog blog,” …
New York Times:
Analysis of Trump's social media engagement before and after bans shows a significant drop but some posts still receive equal engagement due to amplification  —  When Facebook and Twitter barred Donald J. Trump from their platforms after the Capitol riot in January, he lost direct access to his most powerful megaphones.
Mark Jacob / Local News Initiative:
Local news apps remain a niche product but outlets are pushing to improve them, touting them as a better customer experience that boosts engagement and loyalty  —  Local news organizations are working hard to improve their news apps and get readers to download them, touting …
Kim Lyons / The Verge:
Researcher: Twitter Super Follow to be limited to users over 18, with 25+ tweets posted in the last 30 days and 10K+ followers; categories include adult content  —  The company teased the Patreon-like subscription service earlier this year  —  Twitter announced earlier this year it was working …
Daniel Politi / Slate:
Fox News and CNN decided not to broadcast Trump's recent speech live, his first major speech since February, with Fox News airing a pre-taped Watters World show  —  Former President Donald Trump made a return to the political arena Saturday night with a speech at the North Carolina Republican Party State Convention in Greenville.
Discussion: ABC News, Politico and Mediaite
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
YouGov survey of ~2,000 UK adults shows 10% would be willing to pay to read online news articles, 47% for movies and TV, and 33% for music  —  Six in ten in the UK are now willing to pay for online content with 10% saying they would pay to read online news articles, according to new research.
Discussion: @raju
Seth Smalley / VICE:
NYT tech workers, who are organizing a union, say management is using proven union-busting techniques contrary to NYT's long-held positions on union recognition  —  Tech workers at the Times are organizing, but rather than recognizing their union, management is running tactics out of a union-busting playbook.
The Daily Beast:
The NewsGuild of New York has revised a plan to increase dues, making the move temporary for three years, after opposition from some NYT and Reuters members
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