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9:05 PM ET, May 27, 2022


 Top News: 
Charlotte Klein / Vanity Fair:
Some US journalists question whether showing more graphic footage would force the public and political leaders to fully confront America's gun violence epidemic  —  As journalists descend on Uvalde—as they did on Columbine, Newtown, and Parkland—some are questioning whether a more graphic approach …
Erich Schwartzel / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Tencent backed out of financing Top Gun, concerned about the CCP's reaction to its pro-US messaging; Chinese investors are steering clear of Hollywood  —  Tencent Holdings pulled out of financing the film over concerns about Chinese officials' reaction
Alex Shephard / New Republic:
MSNBC hiring Jen Psaki isn't much better than CBS hiring Trump's ex-chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, especially as networks market themselves as bulwarks of truth  —  When CBS co-president Neeraj Khemlani defended the network's decision to hire former Trump administration official Mick Mulvaney earlier …
Sara Guaglione / Digiday:
Bloomberg and iHeartMedia will release five podcasts this year as part of a three-year co-production and distribution deal first announced in May 2021  —  Bloomberg Media and iHeartMedia are releasing five podcast shows this year, part of a co-production and distribution podcast deal between …
Discussion: Inside Radio and @bbgmedia
Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
Sources: Substack dropped efforts to raise money, after talks to raise $75M-$100M at a $750M-$1B valuation, during which the company said 2021 revenue was ~$9M  —  Amid an industrywide downturn, venture investors are preaching austerity and halting new deals, particularly for companies that have spent aggressively on growth.
Bassem Mroue / Associated Press:
A Lebanese security chief met US officials in Washington as part of a mediation effort for the return of journalist Austin Tice, who vanished in Syria in 2012  —  BEIRUT (AP) — A Lebanese security chief has met U.S. officials in Washington as part of mediation between Washington and Damascus …
Karen Hao / Wall Street Journal:
Report: China's state media regularly appears in US top results on Google, Bing, and YouTube about the country's human-rights record and the origins of COVID-19  —  On issues important to Beijing, official Chinese sources also enjoy strong placement on YouTube and other widely used U.S. services, a new report finds
Tim Baysinger / Axios:
Omedia: the global box office is projected to reach $36B in 2022, up 73% YoY, and to hit $44B in 2023, surpassing the $41.7B made before the pandemic in 2019  —  Exit Content Preview  —  The theatrical box office will continue its rebound out of the pandemic in 2022 and is expected to surpass …
Discussion: @kerrymflynn
Angela Fu / Poynter:
Outside Inc., publisher of Outside and 20+ other magazines about the outdoors, lays off 66 of about 580 full-time staff as it shuts down three publications  —  The news comes just months after Outside magazine editorial staff decided to pause their union drive.
Isobel Koshiw / The Guardian:
A look at Ukraine's wartime United News, in which the country's main TV channels broadcast the same content; some call the unified news coverage propagandistic  —  State-backed broadcast has strategic and practical justifications but some see it as dangerous monopoly
BBC Media Centre:
The BBC details its budget cuts: laying off up to 1,000 people over the next few years, merging World into News, making CBBC and BBC 4 online-only, and more  —  The plan focuses on creating a modern, digital-led and streamlined organisation that drives the most value from the licence fee and delivers more for audiences
Cape Gazette:
The Delaware Journalism Collaborative, a statewide partnership of local news outlets launches, to initially focus on addressing community polarization  —  News outlets, partners explore solutions through reporting and public conversations  —  The Local Journalism Initiative …
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Iris Deng / South China Morning Post:
China's iQiyi, a Netflix-style platform majority-owned by Baidu and listed on Nasdaq, reported its first quarterly profit, $26.7M for Q1, after cutting spending
Daniel Keane / London Evening Standard:
The UK launches a review of the BBC's impartiality and effort to build a diverse workforce, adding a goal of 25% staff to be from low socioeconomic backgrounds
Discussion: Reuters
Tony Webster / Minnesota Reformer:
Minneapolis agrees to pay $600K to settle a lawsuit by reporter Linda Tirado, who was blinded in one eye by a police projectile while covering May 2020 protests
Anousha Sakoui / Los Angeles Times:
The Amber Heard-Johnny Depp trial has created a new cottage industry of attorney social media stars, highlighting how media consumption of big cases has shifted
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
The New York Times presenting its Haiti package as a “first” shows that the media should expand the definition of a news peg from new facts to current problems
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Teresa Carr / Undark Magazine:
The Online News Association's “3M Truth in Science Award” raises an ethical dilemma since 3M, the sponsor, has a history of lying about its scientific findings
Russia's foreign ministry says it told YouTube that every time the company blocks a weekly briefing, the country will expel an American journalist or outlet
Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
How a 2019 joint investigation by the San Antonio Express-News and the Houston Chronicle led to the disclosure of sex abuse by Southern Baptist church leaders