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4:55 PM ET, June 30, 2022

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Sewell Chan / The Texas Tribune:
Study: since 2005, Texas has lost 211 out of its 634 newspapers and about eight newspaper journalists per 10K residents; 27 of 254 counties have no newspaper  —  Of Texas' 254 counties, 27 no longer have a newspaper.  Loss of local news coverage has been associated with higher levels of mistrust, misinformation and malfeasance.
Alex Heath / The Verge:
Snap launches Snapchat+, offering exclusive, experimental, and pre-release Snapchat features for $3.99 per month, starting in nine countries  —  No, it doesn't let you turn off ads  —  Starting this week, Snap will begin offering an optional subscription called Snapchat Plus that unlocks exclusive and early access features.
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
The New York Times adds free access to The Athletic for all-access digital and home delivery subscribers and plans to implement a more flexible Athletic paywall  —  Good news for sports fans who subscribe to The New York Times's all-access digital bundle (or get home delivery) …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Roughly 65 Wired workers threaten to strike on July 12 and July 13, Amazon's Prime Days, seeking more pay and the inclusion of product reviewers in their union  —  The union representing roughly 65 editorial workers at Wired, the tech publisher owned by Condé Nast …
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Duke Reporters' Lab says fact-checking projects globally grew from 168 in 2016 to 391 in 2021; Meta says it spent $100M to underwrite fact-checking operations  —  OSLO — Members of fact-checking organizations from around the globe met last week for their first in-person conference in three years …
Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
Twitter hires Maggie McLean Suniewick, formerly president of distribution and business development for NBCUniversal's digital properties, as VP of partnerships  —  Twitter Inc. has hired Maggie McLean Suniewick from NBCUniversal Media to be the company's new vice president of partnerships …
Matthew Bremner / Bloomberg:
Profile of Uzbek political blogger Bobomurod Abdullayev, who was detained and tortured for writing a pseudonymous blog criticizing the autocratic regime  —  Bobomurod Abdullayev was a decent enough sports reporter, but he was a really good politics blogger.  Household-name good.  Getting-things-done good.
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Nexstar Media Group is close to a deal to acquire 75% of The CW Network; Paramount and Warner Bros. Discovery would each retain 12.5% stakes  —  Owner of local TV stations is looking to broaden CW's programming to cater to older audience  —  Nexstar Media Group Inc., NXST -1.19%▼ …
Reuters:
Antonio de la Cruz, a reporter for Mexican newspaper Expreso, was shot dead in his home on Wednesday, the 12th journalist killed in the country in 2022  —  A Mexican reporter was killed Wednesday in one of the country's most violent northern border states, authorities and his employer said …
 
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Substack lays off 13 of its 90 employees in an effort to conserve cash during a startup funding crunch; source: cuts hit HR, writer support, and other roles