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8:20 AM ET, June 15, 2021

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Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
AG Merrick Garland met off-the-record with execs from WaPo, CNN, and NYT on Monday, after saying he would tighten DOJ policies on obtaining reporters' records  —  Attorney General Merrick Garland on Monday said he would tighten Justice Department's policies on obtaining records from lawmakers and reporters …
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Ben Smith / New York Times:
Sources explain how The New Yorker union was organized, initially sidelining the mag's writers, who then felt wary of joining despite a need for better benefits  —  The 96-year-old magazine, known for its revered writers and sophisticated audience, is being consumed by a labor dispute.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Dow Jones union: the company's new policy mandates staff get EIC's approval before talking to book publishers and a license to use their own reporting in books  —  For reporters, side gigs have long been a minefield.  —  I don't even mean the very real ethical issues that can come with $75,000 speeches …
Alex Woodward / The Independent:
Reality Winner's attorney says she has been granted an early supervised release from prison due to exemplary behavior, as her family seeks a pardon from Biden  —  NSA whistleblower housed in residential re-entry centre as she completes five-year sentence  —  Former intelligence specialist …
BBC:
BBC inquiry finds there was no evidence journalist Martin Bashir was rehired by the BBC to cover up the circumstances around his Diana interview  —  There was no evidence journalist Martin Bashir was rehired by the BBC to cover up the circumstances around his Diana interview, a BBC inquiry has found.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
BuzzFeed launches Summer Writers' Challenge, offering for the first time to pay for user-contributed content, up to $10,000 per post depending on its page views  —  BuzzFeed wants to spark a summer wave of viral quizzes, listicles and more — created by its own fans — by offering …
BBC:
BBC's Ukraine correspondent walks out of a news conference in Minsk where Belarusian authorities paraded the detained opposition blogger Roman Protasevich  —  Authorities in Belarus have paraded the detained opposition blogger Roman Protasevich at a news conference in Minsk …
Alex Barker / Financial Times:
Sources: UK government is planning far-reaching reforms to protect public service media by reducing Google, Amazon, and Samsung's bargaining power  —  Ministers want to ensure prominence of channels such as BBC and ITV on smart televisions  —  Google, Amazon and Samsung's bargaining power …
Discussion: Digital TV Europe
Julia Horowitz / CNN:
British channel GB News launches and will attempt to emulate the format of heavily-opinionated US cable TV networks like Fox News and MSNBC  —  London (CNN Business)GB News wants to make one thing very clear: The upstart TV channel does not see itself as the British Fox News.
Rudy Takala / Mediaite:
NYT has corrected a March 19 story that referred to the satirical website Babylon Bee as “misinformation”, after the sites' operators threatened legal action  —  The New York Times corrected a story referring to the satirical Babylon Bee website as “misinformation” …
Yvonne Villarreal / Los Angeles Times:
Latino TV writers, who account for only 8.7% of TV writers in the US, continue to face obstacles despite the apparent success of shows like Selena: The Series  —  What was supposed to be Gladys Rodriguez's dream job began in early 2019.  The TV writer, then 37, received a call about consulting …
 
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Max Willens / Digiday:
The Globe and Mail now has ~270,000 subscribers and generates 70% of its revenues from subscriptions, helped by Sophi, its AI to predict subscriber conversions
Aatish Taseer / The Atlantic:
How Bollywood, which epitomizes the pluralism of India, has become a target for Modi's government and the BJP, including tax investigations and harassment
Simon Owens / Simon Owens's Media Newsletter:
Interviews with Quartz CEO Zach Seward and Membership Editor Walter Frick on betting Quartz's future on paid memberships after becoming independent in 2020
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Timothy B. Lee / Rethinking News:
A reporter for WaPo and Vox who covered cryptocurrency examines the personal cost of selling his bitcoin early, and the reward of ensuring ethical coverage
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Ex-staffers say HiStudios' CEO encouraged drug use and bad behavior at a hype house; the studio was spun out of podcast startup Himalaya, funded by Ximalaya