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12:30 AM ET, May 12, 2022


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Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was shot in the head while covering an Israeli raid in the West Bank; three eyewitnesses said Israeli troops killed her  —  Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was shot and killed in the West Bank Wednesday, the network said.
Bethan McKernan / The Guardian:
Al Jazeera accuses Israel of intentionally killing Shireen Abu Akleh, who was wearing body armor marked “press”; Israel backtracks from blaming Palestinians  —  Israel denies Shireen Abu Akleh was killed by its troops and says she may have been hit by Palestinian fire
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Disney reports Q2 revenue of $19.25B, up 23% YoY, missing financial estimates due to several one-time charges, but beats Disney+ subscriber growth estimates  —  Disney's flagship streamer gained 7.9 million customers in the first three months of 2022, to stand at 137.7 million, up 33% year over year.
New York Times:
Bloomberg Media launches Bloomberg UK with a website, video series, podcast, and a summit in 2022, to compete with The Financial Times and The Sunday Times  —  A new venture, Bloomberg UK, is the first inkling of a new international strategy for the business news giant.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
Discussion: @msh200 and @benmullin
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Slate names Hillary Frey, a former top editor at HuffPost, as its new editor in chief; Slate has not had an EIC since Jared Hohlt stepped down in January 2022  —  Hillary Frey will lead the online publication as it struggles to find its way after a number of high-level departures and tries to work toward profitability.
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
Twitter rolls out a new “Copypasta and Duplicate Content” policy to clarify how it combats spam and duplicative content, and what it considers to be a violation  —  Twitter announced today that it's rolling out a new “Copypasta and Duplicate Content” policy to clarify …
Rebecca Jennings / Vox:
Creators who quit YouTube keep returning despite “YouTube brain”, where creators are creatively and financially subject to the whims of viewer attention spans  —  Prominent YouTubers keep quitting the platform and then coming back.  Call it the result of YouTube brain.
Matt Schifrin / Forbes:
Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment plans to acquire DVD rental and streaming company Redbox Entertainment for $375M in an all-stock deal  —  New!  Click on the conversation bubble to join the conversation Got it!  —  Among buggy whip businesses, Redbox Entertainment (RDBX) …
Tarpley Hitt / Gawker:
A sex toy company and digital marketer, Paradise Media, buys the site of The Believer, a former literary magazine run from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas  —  Last week, the media newsletter The Fine Print reported on a surprising new direction for The Believer, the prestigious literary magazine run …
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Former Fox News anchor Ed Henry, fired in 2020 amid sexual misconduct allegations, drops his defamation lawsuits against NPR and CNN for reporting on his firing  —  The lawsuit, which took aim at NPR and CNN for reporting on Henry's firing from Fox over sexual misconduct allegations, was voluntarily dismissed “with prejudice.”
Matt Donnelly / Variety:
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Charlotte Klein / Vanity Fair:
Newsrooms traditionally urge journalists to keep their abortion views private, but Rolling Stone top editor tells staff: “you don't have to stifle your beliefs”
Washington Post:
The Washington Post plans to establish a bureau in Kyiv, led by former Moscow correspondent Isabelle Khurshudyan with Max Bearak as chief Ukraine correspondent
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