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9:35 PM ET, June 15, 2022


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Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
2022 Digital News Report: the number of people who say they avoid the news has increased in 46 countries since 2017, doubling in Brazil to 54% and the UK to 46%  —  The pandemic brought a bump in news consumption that now seems to be fading away, Oxford's Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism …
Nic Newman / Reuters Institute for the Study …:
YouGov survey for Reuters 2022 Digital News Report finds renewed falling trust, more news avoidance, TikTok and Telegram growth for news, and growth in podcasts
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Seth Rich's parents say their trust in people has been shattered, after Fox News, Lou Dobbs, Sean Hannity, and more weaponized conspiracies about his death  —  The fatal shooting of a young Democratic Party aide named Seth Rich early in the morning of July 10, 2016, brought incalculable loss to his parents.
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Nielsen plans to add data on consumer reactions to ads to Nielsen One, including successful purchases, website visits, and more  —  Nielsen has for decades been known as the company that counts people.  Now it wants to start counting their reactions.  —  The media measurement giant …
Discussion: Adweek, Inside Radio and Next TV
In a note to staff, Spotify says it will slow hiring growth by 25%; Spotify hired 2,000+ staff from 2019 to 2021 bringing its headcount to 6,617; stock up 7%+  —  Spotify Technology SA will slow hiring growth by 25%, the latest sign of how fears of a recession are weighing on the economy.
Miles Kruppa / Wall Street Journal:
Google says 1.5B people watch YouTube Shorts every month; TikTok said it had 1B MAUs in September 2021, growing to an estimated 1.6B MAUs in March 2022  —  Alphabet's Google discloses Shorts monthly viewership for first time amid heightened competition from TikTok and Instagram Reels
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Marty Swant / Digiday:
Walmart-owned Sam's Club overhauls its ad network, including adding a self-service platform to let advertisers buy sponsored product ads  —  As retailers increasingly invest in ways to let advertisers reach consumers on their online properties, Sam's Club is the latest to give its ad network a major overhaul.
Discussion: Ad Age, MediaPost, Adweek and @martyswant
Reports: two suspects confessed to killing and dismembering British journalist Dom Phillips and his traveling partner, Bruno Pereira, who went missing in Brazil  —  Two suspects have confessed to killing and dismembering British journalist Dom Phillips and indigenous expert Bruno Pereira …
Chandelis Duster / CNN:
Activists and journalists unveil a sign for Jamal Khashoggi Way, a street segment outside Washington's Saudi embassy, a month before Biden's Saudi Arabia visit  —  (CNN)A portion of a Washington, DC, street will memorialize murdered Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi …
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Nilesh Christopher / Rest of World:
A look at Watchdog, a Sri Lanka-based research collective that built a fact-checking app and uses open source data to investigate the country's ongoing crises
Sources: Baidu is in talks to sell its 53% controlling stake in iQiyi, in a deal valuing the streaming service at ~$7B; iQiyi reported its first profit in Q1
Discussion: Variety
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