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7:15 AM ET, May 30, 2022


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Rachel Monroe / New Yorker:
How the staff of Uvalde Leader-News covered the Texas school shooting; the local paper's employees lost neighbors, acquaintances, and a daughter in the shooting  —  The paper's employees lost neighbors, acquaintances, and a daughter in a school shooting.  Then they had to report the story.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
An interview with co-CEO Ted Sarandos on Netflix's recent 75% stock drop, backing Dave Chappelle's transgender comedy special, Hollywood schadenfreude, and more  —  The Netflix executive says he — and the company he helped build — will survive a bout of bad earnings numbers.
Cat Zhang / Pitchfork:
How musicians like Weezer's Rivers Cuomo and fans use Discord: artists share ideas, host parties, and engage with fans, who help with moderation and other tasks  —  Originally launched as a messaging app for gamers, the platform has become an intimate place for artists and fans to connect and build community.
Shaun Walker / The Guardian:
Interview with Viktor Muchnik, who closed down his Siberian TV station TV2, which had been blocked by Russia amid strict war coverage laws, and left for Armenia  —  When journalists faced jail for reporting on Ukraine, Viktor Muchnik closed down his Siberian TV station and left for Armenia
Sara Guaglione / Digiday:
Bloomberg Media and iHeartMedia plan to release five podcasts in 2022 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: @bbgmedia and Inside Radio
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 …
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
Pew Research Center:
Karen Hao / Wall Street Journal:
Report: Google, Bing, and YouTube regularly return China's state media content in top US results about Beijing'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 projects the global box office will grow nearly 73% YoY to $36B in 2022 and another 23% to $44B in 2023, surpassing the $41.7B made pre-pandemic in 2019  —  The theatrical box office will continue its rebound out of the pandemic in 2022 and is expected to surpass its last pre-pandemic year in 2023, according to data from Omedia.
Discussion: @kerrymflynn
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