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10:55 AM ET, June 30, 2021


 Top News: 
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
After Fox's Tucker Carlson claimed the NSA was monitoring his communications and trying to take his show off the air, the NSA denied the allegations on Tuesday  —  New York (CNN Business)Fox News host Tucker Carlson made an explosive claim on his show Monday night: That he had learned through …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Facebook unveils Bulletin, its Substack competitor, with recruited writers including Malcolm Gladwell and Erin Andrews, won't take a revenue cut “at launch”  —  Facebook won't take a cut ‘at launch’  —  Facebook is getting into the subscription newsletter game.
Lauradixon / Global Investigative Journalism Network:
Despite the Indian government's hostility to critical coverage, local reporters have found ways to report out the true toll of COVID-19's second wave  —  Through April and May, government figures of COVID-19 deaths and infections were suspiciously low from the populous Indian state of Gujarat, north of Mumbai.
Rana Ayyub / Washington Post:
The Indian government is attempting to present journalists as instigators of violence as a journalist faces harassment and criminal charges over a tweet
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sources: Instagram has begun outreach to a small set of publishers, including Group Nine Media, to begin testing an IGTV ads revenue share  —  Instagram will start testing IGTV ads with publishers this month, Axios has learned.  —  Why it matters: It's the first time Instagram …
Discussion: MediaPost, @sarafischer and Digiday
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Fox News agrees to pay a $1M fine for “a pattern of violating the NYC Human Rights Law”; Fox also must remove secret arbitration clauses from hiring contracts  —  Fox News effectively admitted to a pattern of misconduct and has agreed to pay a civil penalty in New York.
Hanaa' Tameez / Nieman Lab:
Even as in-person events return, US news outlets like Politico are opting to keep putting on some virtual events, finding them cheaper and more accessible  —  In our annual predictions series, Rodney Gibbs, the senior director of innovation and strategy for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution …
Discussion: @seanpaune
Elsa Keslassy / Variety:
France unveils rules that would require streaming services, including Netflix and Disney+, to invest 20%-25% of their French revenues in local content  —  Streaming services, including Netflix, Amazon and Disney Plus, will soon have to invest between 20%-25% of their French revenues …
Kim Bhasin / Bloomberg:
Buzzer, a live sports streaming service that launched in January, raises $20M from investors including Michael Jordan and Wayne Gretzky  —  - Osaka, Mahomes also join $20 million funding round for Buzzer  — Service sends alerts that draw viewers to live clips on phones
Annabelle Dickson / Politico:
Critics say UK's Online Safety Bill could undermine media watchdog Ofcom's independence and potentially politicize the regulation of the internet  —  The Online Safety Bill blurs the line between ministers and the independent regulator, say critics.  —  PRESS PLAY TO LISTEN TO THIS ARTICLE
Suzanne Wrack / The Guardian:
Dazn signs a four year deal with Uefa to livestream Women's Champions League for free globally, with first two seasons available on Dazn's new YouTube channel  —  - Global sports platform Dazn signs four-year-deal with Uefa  — All games in first two seasons will be on new YouTube channel
Discussion: @suzywrack and @suzywrack
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Kat Stafford / Associated Press:
25 members of Congress signed a letter urging the FCC to examine how policies and programs have disparately harmed Black Americans and communities of color
Pew Research Center:
Pew State of the News Media 2020: daily newspaper circulation was down 6% from 2019, newsroom staff fell 12%, ad revenue fell 29% for public newspaper companies
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
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Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
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Associated Press:
Russian authorities raided the apartments of investigative journalists in connection to a story about the interior minister and a documentary on organized crime
Analysis: after Trump left office, monthly traffic to outlets has declined across the ideological spectrum, from -43.8% for far-right to -27.3% for far-left
The Daily Beast:
YouTube reinstates the channel of Right Wing Watch, a watchdog group that monitors far-right media outlets, saying it was mistakenly suspended