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8:10 PM ET, June 21, 2021

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Ben Smith / New York Times:
Many journalists see Tucker Carlson as a go-to source for stories about Trump, which are sometimes unflattering, and for details on Fox News' internal politics  —  His platform on Fox News made him a big player in Donald Trump's circle.  Off camera, he shapes the coverage of Trump's world and Fox's own internal politics.
Brent Lang / Variety:
Steven Spielberg, previously seen as a Netflix skeptic, strikes a deal with the streaming service to produce multiple movies through his company Amblin Partners  —  Amblin Partners and Netflix have forged a partnership, one that will see the company headed by Steven Spielberg produce multiple …
Anne Marie Roantree / Reuters:
Apple Daily will be forced to shut “in a matter of days” after Chinese authorities froze its assets, according to an adviser to jailed owner Jimmy Lai  —  Hong Kong pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily will be forced to shut “in a matter of days” after authorities froze …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook rolls out Live Audio Rooms, available to verified public figures and select Groups, and its podcast service, available to select partners, in the US  —  In April, Facebook announced a series of planned investments in new audio products, including a Clubhouse live audio competitor as well as new support for podcasts.
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Profile of The New Bedford Light, a nonprofit digital news outlet started by journalists in New Bedford, MA after Gannett's local paper became a “ghost” paper  —  An ambitious news site, The New Bedford Light, has sprung up in an old New England whaling town to fill a void in coverage.
Etan Vlessing / The Hollywood Reporter:
Univision says it will launch a unified streaming service in 2022, with a subscription tier in addition to the ad-supported PrendeTV, following Televisa merger  —  Former Netflix vp, content Rodrigo Mazon will run the new streamer to include a subscription tier piggy-backing on the PrendeTV ad-supported service.
David Folkenflik / NPR:
In separate interviews, Nikole Hannah-Jones says the promise of objectivity is a subterfuge and Walter Hussman says news orgs are setting aside impartiality  —  On paper, The New York Times's Nikole Hannah-Jones is a dream hire for the journalism school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Kat O'Brien / New York Times:
Kat O'Brien, formerly of Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Newsday, says she was raped by an unnamed MLB player 18 years ago, wants change for women covering sports  —  Kat O'Brien is a former journalist and baseball writer for The Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Newsday.
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
The Economist reports subscription growth of 90,000 in 2020 to 1.12M, its largest-ever increase in a single year, fueled in part by new podcasts and newsletters  —  The Economist reported record subscriber growth, climbing 90,000 to 1.12 million in 2021, its largest-ever increase in a single year.
Discussion: MediaPost and PR Newswire
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Q&A with Microsoft VP of Strategic Initiatives Mary Snapp, as the company partners with Report for America to support five newsrooms in KS, OK, AZ, CA, and WV  —  Microsoft just announced an expansion of its remarkable initiative to preserve and protect journalism.
TikTok:
TikTok debuts TikTok Jump, which lets creators link to third-party mini-programs and services within their videos; BuzzFeed is among the list of Jump providers  —  Today we're excited to introduce TikTok Jump, a new way for creators to share engaging and informative content on TikTok.
 
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Gabe Schneider / The Objective:
Q&A with Sana Saeed of AJ+ and Abdallah Fayyad of The Boston Globe on why they signed an open letter seeking more fairness in Israeli-Palestinian coverage
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Twitch banned two top female streamers over the weekend, as it struggles with how to handle sexually suggestive streams from popular women streamers
Discussion: TechCrunch and Metro.co.uk
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Music licensing marketplace Songtradr raises $50M Series D, bringing its total raised to $100M+
Financial Times:
Ex-CGTN journalists and execs describe China's political interference in the English-language channel, which reaches an estimated 200M households outside China
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Leonard Kehnscherper / Bloomberg:
Report: UK plans to let media watchdog Ofcom rule on complaints about streaming companies, similar to its oversight of BBC and other traditional broadcasters
Discussion: Nieman Lab and Axios
Bill Adair / Poynter:
Squash, the automated fact checking service from Reporters' Lab at Duke University, gets us closer to live fact checking but still makes a lot of mistakes
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Newspapers, including those owned by Gannett and McClatchy, are rethinking police coverage, sometimes removing old stories about minor crimes
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
Interview with Chuck Todd about interviewing Republicans who enabled Trump's election lies as he laments that print media gets a pass on such interviews