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12:25 PM ET, June 23, 2021

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Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Reuters Institute report: US ranks last among 46 countries for trust in media, with just 29% saying they trust the news; Finland has the highest trust at 65%  —  Just 29% of people surveyed in the U.S. said they trust the news, compared to 45% in Canada and 54% in Brazil.
Julie Reynolds / Nieman Lab:
Alden and Tribune Publishing's board bent the rules for acquisitions, including misrepresenting Alden's cash and failing to disclose a secret investor meeting  —  The ink wasn't dry, but the hushed deal to finance Alden Global Capital's takeover of Tribune Publishing fell quickly into place in May.
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Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Sources: ~100 people nationally took buyouts at Tribune Publishing; all papers to cut pages by 20%, move deadlines by up to two hours, pause special sections  —  Tribune Publishing's newspapers including the New York Daily News and the Chicago Tribune this week found out what a new round …
New York Times:
Apple Daily says it will cease operations, with online and print editions ending today, after Chinese police froze its accounts and arrested executives  —  The police also arrested an editorial writer as part of an expanding national security investigation into the newspaper that has raised concerns about free speech.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Q&A with Patreon CEO Jack Conte on its relationship with Apple, App Store's 30% cut, supporting creators across platforms, competing with tech giants, and more  —  Today's guest on Decoder is Jack Conte, the co-founder and CEO of Patreon, a platform that allows people to pay …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
International coalition of consumer groups, digital and civil rights organizations, and data protection experts call for ban on “surveillance-based advertising”  —  An international coalition of consumer protection, digital and civil rights organizations and data protection experts …
Axios:
News coverage of climate is intensifying with initiatives like Currently and Climate Central, as TV newscasts still focus primarily on extreme weather events  —  Climate-focused news initiatives are pushing media outlets to devote more coverage to the way climate change impacts extreme weather events.
Amanda Meade / The Guardian:
Survey of 2K+ Australians: 80% haven't read a newspaper or magazine in the past week, 52% say they're interested in news; print readership halved since 2016  —  Number of people paying for news has not increased despite surge in consumption during Covid crisis
James Batchelor / GamesIndustry.biz:
Q&A with Walt Disney Games' SVP Sean Shoptaw and Disney & Pixar Games' VP Luigi Priore on opening Disney's IP to game studios of all sizes, and more  —  Walt Disney Games' Sean Shoptaw and Disney & Pixar Games' Luigi Priore on opening their vault of world-famous IP to studios of all sizes
Tim Hardwick / MacRumors:
UK government says it will study plans to regulate US video streaming services, including Apple TV+ and Netflix, similar to traditional broadcast regulation  —  U.S. video streaming services including Apple TV+, Netflix, and Disney+ are likely to face tighter regulation in the U.K. as part …
 
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Bloomberg:
YouTube Shorts, which launched new stars but is rife with clickbait and TikTok re-uploads, will use new metrics to pay creators via a $100M fund this summer
J. Clara Chan / Hollywood Reporter:
Jemele Hill expands her exclusive Spotify deal to form The Unbothered Network, focused on elevating the voices and stories of Black women
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Biden said good reporters must be negative, a common misunderstanding of reporters' roles; the industry has many reporters who are decent, tough, and fair
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Twitter opens applications to test Ticketed Spaces and Super Follows for a small number of users, who will keep 97% of revenue after the IAP cut if making <$50K
Reuters:
DOJ says it has seized 36 Iranian media websites and sites for groups affiliated with Iran that are linked to Iranian disinformation for violating US sanctions
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Source: C-SPAN political editor Steve Scully, put on leave in 2020 after falsely saying his Twitter account was hacked, departs for the Bipartisan Policy Center
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European Federation of Journalists:
The Belarusian Ministry of Justice has demanded the Belarusian Association of Journalists turn over membership lists, meeting minutes, and more from 2018 on
Brent Kendall / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: the FTC will review Amazon's proposed acquisition of MGM, just as the commission gets a new chairwoman who has been critical of Amazon's expansion
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Dean Baquet defends Maggie Haberman after a Fox News article accused her of being fixated on Trump and failing to properly cover Joe Biden
Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:
European Commission says it has opened an antitrust investigation into whether Google favors its own display ad tech over rivals
David Griner / Adweek:
Allure EIC Michelle Lee is leaving to join Netflix as its first VP of editorial and publishing, managing Netflix's social media, podcasts, and print publication