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7:35 PM ET, June 6, 2021


 Top News: 
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  —  A push by prosecutors to secretly seize data about four Times reporters' emails began in the Trump administration and continued under Biden.
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of a story on a Florida shooting, after investigators found the suspect via other means  —  WASHINGTON - The FBI has withdrawn a subpoena demanding records from USA TODAY that would identify readers of a February story …
Nick Clegg / About Facebook:
In response to Oversight Board ruling, Facebook suspends Trump's accounts until January 7, 2023, and says it will then reconsider suspension if conditions allow  —  Last month, the Oversight Board upheld Facebook's suspension of former US President Donald Trump's Facebook and Instagram accounts following …
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Facebook announces that politicians' posts will no longer be exempt from the company's rules that prevent users from engaging in harmful speech
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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  —  A contingent of Times journos, including many Pulitzer winners, has stood in opposition to the NewsGuild's proposed dues hike.
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,” …
Eduardo Suárez / Reuters Institute for the Study …:
Q&A with Brazilian journalist Patrícia Campos Mello on social media and authoritarianism, COVID disinformation, and online harassment  —  Brazilian journalist Patrícia Campos Mello discusses journalism and online harassment ahead of Reuters Memorial Lecture on 8 June 2021
Jem Aswad / Variety:
How music publishing companies plan to maximize the value of their recently acquired multi-million-dollar song catalogs, as the value of copyrights soar  —  In recent years, as streaming has rapidly become the format of choice for much of the world — and the primary revenue source for recorded music …
Timothy B. Lee / Rethinking News:
Blogging's more social and ephemeral aspects have largely migrated to Twitter, which has become a key way for writers to build audiences to sell newsletters to  —  We didn't stop blogging.  We just do it 280 characters at a time now.  —  I owe my journalism career to blogging.
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 …
Peter Kafka / Vox:
Sources: Facebook plans to launch Bulletin, its Substack clone, at the end of June; it will live outside Facebook in part to evade Apple and Google's 30% fees  —  Facebook wants to launch its newsletter product later this month.  But it doesn't want controversial writers using it — just the ones it's recruiting.
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Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Profile of Reuters' new executive editor Gina Chua, who is now one of the most senior transgender journalists in the US after transitioning during lockdowns
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Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
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