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1:00 PM ET, July 2, 2021


 Top News: 
Emily VanDerWerff / Vox:
How Isabel Fall published, and unpublished, a sci-fi story reclaiming a transphobic meme, receiving praise and then harsh Twitter censure that upended her life  —  Isabel Fall's sci-fi story “I Sexually Identify as an Attack Helicopter” drew the ire of the internet.  This is what happened next.
Wall Street Journal:
Gettr has ties to Chinese businessman Guo Wengui, who is involved with GTV Media Group and other disinformation networks in the US; sources: Gettr raised $30M  —  Political operative says his free-speech-focused platform has secured financial support from entity close to fugitive Chinese businessman
Former Trump spokesman Jason Miller leads GETTR, a Twitter-like service that bills itself as a “non-bias social network”, in the newest pro-MAGA tech venture
Esther Kezia Thorpe / Media Voices Podcast:
Defector, the employee-owned site launched nine months ago by former Deadspin staffers, now has 39K paying subscribers; ~95% of revenue comes from subscriptions  —  “Stick to sports”.  An edict that caused a mass editorial exit from G/O Media-owned Deadspin toward the end of 2019.
Cat Zakrzewski / Washington Post:
Sen. Warren asks CFTC to probe Google's “Project Bernanke”, a secret program that allegedly gave Google's own ad-buying system an edge by leveraging past bids  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren is calling on a federal watchdog to investigate Google for alleged abusive behavior in advertising …
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
The Village Voice has hired former CEO of Hampton's lifestyle publication Dan's Papers, Steven McKenna, as CRO, with plans to launch a print edition next year  —  The Village Voice, which has been hard to find on newsstands since 2017, has hired the former CEO of Dan's Papers with bold plans …
Discussion: Digital Journal
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Simulmedia launches playerWON, which lets developers offer gamers in-game perks in exchange for watching 15- or 30-second ads in gaming consoles and PCs  —  After months of testing, marketers are finally going to be able to start running video ads within console and PC games.
Discussion: @fark, PC Gamer and VG247
Raleigh News & Observer:
UNC trustees voted to approve tenure for Nikole Hannah-Jones after controversy over her hire without tenure as Knight Chair in Race and Investigative Journalism  —  Listen to our daily briefing:  —  UNC-Chapel Hill trustees voted to approve tenure for distinguished journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones …
Jonathan Zittrain / The Atlantic:
A look at link rot, and projects like Perma, which are trying to give authors of enduring documents like scholarly papers a way to preserve links permanently  —  Sixty years ago the futurist Arthur C. Clarke observed that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Alden Global Capital has given buyouts to at least 10% of its newsroom workforce since it acquired Tribune Publishing six weeks ago, based on NewsGuild data  —  Some former Tribune Publishing papers — like the Chicago Tribune and The Morning Call — lost even more: upwards of 20% of union staff.
Helena Horton / The Guardian:
After a backlash, BBC removes an educational page from BBC Bitesize, its website for schoolchildren, that claimed there are “benefits” of climate change  —  Study website made claims including warmer temperatures ‘could lead to healthier outdoor lifestyles’
Discussion: Gizmodo
Elizabeth Wagmeister / Variety:
Meghan McCain to depart The View at the end of the season after nearly four years  —  Meghan McCain is departing “The View,” after nearly four years on the ABC daytime show, Variety has confirmed.  —  As the panel's resident conservative talking head, McCain regularly sparred with her co-hosts …
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Zainab Iqbal / Poynter:
A Muslim journalist discusses how people react to her reporting, including racist and ignorant comments, in person and online, from sources and other reporters
Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
Profile of Joe Rogan, from 2000s standup comedian to controversial podcaster with an exclusive Spotify deal, as he settles in Austin and returns to comedy
Maaisha Osman / ONA Student Newsroom:
News organizations see data visualization as a way to educate but readers struggle to understand graphs and need publishers to help walk them through the data
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New York Times:
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Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Adam Mosseri says Instagram plans to test video more broadly, calls TikTok and YouTube competitors, and says Instagram is “no longer a photo-sharing app”
Emily Bazelon / New York Times:
After years of covering efforts to exonerate incarcerated people, a reporter describes how a letter led her to personally get involved in a case from Louisiana