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8:50 PM ET, May 12, 2022


 Top News: 
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
Ed Pilkington / The Guardian:
The US DOJ secretly subpoenaed a Guardian reporter's phone info in 2020, as part of a leak probe following stories on Trump's immigrant family separation policy  —  Newspaper decries ‘egregious’ move by DoJ to obtain details of Stephanie Kirchgaessner as part of investigation into media leaks
Shraddha Chakradhar / Nieman Lab:
A study finds that reliable news consumption increases among US participants who tended to spend time on unreliable news after installing NewsGuard's extension  —  As more companies and platforms adopt ways to figure out whether fact-checking, flagging questionable content …
Ben Mullin / @benmullin:
[Thread] Source: Insider founder Henry Blodget told staff the company is pulling back on making new hires; spokesperson: Insider is slowing down its growth plan  —  Insider founder Henry Blodget just told staffers the company is pulling back on making new hires, according to a person familiar with the matter. His remarks came during a quarterly update meeting.
Discussion: @benmullin
Ariel Shapiro / The Verge:
Spotify promotes Bill Simmons to oversee global sports strategy and names Parcast founder Max Cutler as head of creator content and partnerships  —  He will lead a new global sports push for the streamer  —  Spotify has lost a number of top executives in the past month …
Discussion: The Wrap and Deadline
John Bartlett / The Guardian:
Francisca Sandoval dies after getting shot in the head while reporting on Workers' Day marches in Santiago, Chile; police arrested a suspect two days later  —  Francisca Sandoval, 29, is the first journalist to be killed in the line of duty in Chile since the Pinochet dictatorship
Dan Stone:
Analysis: ~20% of NYT articles have bylines crediting more than one reporter in 2022, up from 2% in 2000, as newsroom collaboration and live reporting grow  —  A few years ago, I found myself looking at New York Times bylines a lot more.  I couldn't help it really.
Discussion: Gawker
Naman Ramachandran / Variety:
CEO Dana Strong says Sky plans to invest £500M in 2022 to create 200 UK originals, tripling its 2019 production, and promises “thousands of jobs opportunities”  —  Pay TV operator Sky is continuing to invest big in the U.K.  —  The Comcast owned outfit has trebled its output …
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter and Deadline
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
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Patrick Frater / Variety:
BT and Warner Bros. Discovery announce a joint venture for sports coverage in the UK and Ireland, including Champions League soccer; BT to get £93M+ in the deal
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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”
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