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4:15 AM ET, May 24, 2023


 Top News: 
NBC News:
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis plans to launch his presidential bid on Twitter Spaces on May 24, in a discussion with Elon Musk moderated by David Sacks  —  The Florida governor will announce he is running for president on Twitter Wednesday evening in a conversation with Musk.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Elon Musk's intent in buying Twitter apparently was not only to dismantle a traditional media tool but also to turn Twitter into a right-wing media heavyweight  —  It was only a year ago that Elon Musk, then simply the guy who was hoping to buy Twitter, insisted that his politics sat squarely at the center of the national spectrum.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
The Daily Wire plans to put all its podcasts on Twitter beginning on May 30, after YouTube demonetized videos from Daily Wire host Matt Walsh in April 2023
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
The New York Times reaches a tentative deal with the NewsGuild of New York that would set a salary minimum of $65K; a vote is expected in the coming week  —  The new agreement, if ratified, will give union members immediate salary increases of up to 12.5 percent.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix cracks down on password sharing in the US and offers paid sharing, which lets some accounts add an extra member outside their household for $7.99/month  —  Streamer intros “extra member” option priced at $7.99/month for adding access to those outside account holder's household
Corbin Bolies / The Daily Beast:
A US West Coast editor quit before The Messenger launched; she said she was hired for long-form journalism but the job demanded aggregated content and clickbait  —  “What was presented to me as the job and what the job was was two entirely different things,” said Bender, an editor who quit the much-hyped startup days before its launch.
Georgetown University:
Georgetown and the Knight Foundation commit $30M to establish the Knight-Georgetown Institute to connect researchers, journalists, and tech leaders on policy  —  Georgetown has partnered with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to invest $30 million in a nonpartisan institute …
Michael Paulson / New York Times:
How playwrights worked to find a compromise with the WGA amid the writers' strike to allow the Tony Awards on June 11 to go on, without a written script  —  The screenwriters' strike threatened next month's broadcast, a key marketing moment for the fragile theater industry.
Ann M. Simmons / Wall Street Journal:
A Russian court extends Evan Gershkovich's pre-trial detention until at least August 30, per state news agency Rapsi, after investigators requested more time  —  WSJ reporter is deemed by the U.S. to be wrongfully held  —  A Russian court extended until at least Aug. 30 the pretrial detention …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
News sharing app Artifact now lets users flag articles as clickbait, monitoring reported articles to potentially reduce distribution or change their headlines  —  Feel like an article is clickbait-y?  Artifact, the AI-powered news app from Instagram's co-founders, now has a tool that lets you feel like you can do something about it.
Discussion: @davezatz and Gizmodo
Mark Stenberg / Adweek:
A look at New York Magazine's investment in newsletters, growing its subscribers from ~500K in 2019 to pass 1M across its 30 email products in December 2022  —  The publisher has used pop-up, subscriber-only newsletters to boost retention  —  Since retooling its newsletter strategy in 2019 …
Discussion: @markstenberg3
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
The uproar after right-wing outlet Daily Signal accused Fox of being pro-trans for following state laws signals an ongoing backlash after Tucker Carlson's exit  —  A conservative outlet is attacking Fox for being too respectful of trans employees.  It's a sign of the times on the right.
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
The BBC plans to move Desert Island Discs and other Radio 4 shows to BBC Studios, from its public service unit, to try to capitalize on podcasting's popularity  —  BBC Studios to look for overseas commercial opportunities for long-running radio show - and others, and focus on podcasts
Discussion: @legalstyleblog
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Will Gendron / Insider:
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