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7:25 PM ET, June 14, 2021


 Top News: 
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 …
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 …
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.
New York Times:
An oral history of the Pentagon Papers on the story's 50th anniversary, recounted by whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and the NYT reporters who worked on the story  —  Interviews for this oral history were conducted in the spring of 2021 by Jennifer Harlan and Brian Gallagher.
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  —  After almost eight years in the oven, The Globe and Mail's homegrown artificial intelligence startup Sophi came out hot in 2020.
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  —  Its films have always celebrated a pluralistic India, making the industry—and its Muslim elite—a prime target for Narendra Modi.
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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
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
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The Pulitzer Prizes:
List of winners of 2021 Pulitzer Prizes, including Ed Yong of The Atlantic, in its first win, Tampa Bay Times, The Marshall Project, and NYT for public service
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Alex Barker / Financial Times:
NewsCorp subsidiary News Group Newspapers reports loss of £201M for FY 2020, forcing it to write down The Sun by £84M, as pandemic hits circulation and ads