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2:55 AM ET, May 31, 2022


 Top News: 
Andy Hayes / Sky News:
Emmanuel Macron says Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff, a journalist at French 24-hour news channel BFM TV, was killed in Ukraine while covering an evacuation operation  —  “On board a humanitarian bus, alongside civilians forced to flee to escape Russian bombs, he was fatally shot,” President Macron tweeted.
Cat Zhang / Pitchfork:
How musicians like Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo 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.
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
The Financial Times rebrands its How To Spend It magazine as HTSI, inviting readers “to interpret the ‘S’”, suggesting “save” or “savor”, as inequality rises  —  Newspaper says possible definitions of renamed HTSI include ‘how to save it’ as cost of living crisis bites
Santiago Villa / Global Investigative …:
Freelance journalist Nadja Drost and her team describe their reporting on US-bound migrants crossing the Darién Gap, which earned Drost a Pulitzer Prize in 2021  —  Every year thousands of migrants from Africa, South Asia, the Middle East, South America, and the Caribbean cross …
Neal Justin / Star Tribune:
Minnesota Public Radio says it is shutting down its award-winning program APM Reports, which specialized in long-form, investigative journalism for seven years  —  The program tackled a wide range of topics in its nearly seven-year run.  —  “APM Reports,” the award-winning program, has been shut down.
Gerrit De Vynck / Washington Post:
A profile of software engineer and Wikipedia editor Molly White, who is documenting the cryptocurrency industry's failures on her blog Web3 Is Going Just Great  —  Molly White, a veteran Wikipedia editor, is fast becoming the cryptocurrency world's biggest critic
Zoe Samios / Sydney Morning Herald:
Non-profit Minderoo helps 24 publishers in Australia strike a Google news content deal, taking the number of local outlets in the country paid by Google to 180+  —  Publications such as The Greek Herald, The Australian Jewish News, Australian Chinese Daily and Time Out will receive funding …
Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
A profile of Paramount three years into its streaming shift, an underdog choosing to continue alone as Netflix and Disney dominate and other streamers cut deals  —  The dominance of Netflix and Disney in streaming has forced many companies to join forces.  So far, Paramount has gone its own way.
Shaun Walker / The Guardian:
An interview with EIC Viktor Muchnik, who shut down his Siberian TV station TV2, which was 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
Munsif Vengattil / Reuters:
Sources: India-based short video app ShareChat's parent company Mohalla Tech raises ~$300M from Google, Times Group, and Temasek Holdings at a ~$5B valuation  —  The parent company of India's ShareChat has raised nearly $300 million in fresh funding from Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O) Google …
Jesse Whittock / Deadline:
Former Disney executive David Levine leaves CoComelon-owner Moonbug Entertainment, where he was the Head of Studios since December 2020 , to “explore new areas”  —  EXCLUSIVE: Former Disney exec David Levine is exiting kids entertainment powerhouse Moonbug Entertainment, Deadline has learned.
Discussion: C21Media
David Pierce / The Verge:
An interview with The Weather Channel Chief Content Officer Nora Zimmett about TWC's new streaming service, why visualizing data is its “superpower”, and more  —  It's ... a cable network.  Streaming.  —  The Weather Channel is not trying to win you over by spending big on its version of House of Cards.
Discussion: @pierce
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