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4:10 PM ET, May 31, 2023


 Top News: 
Deepa Parent / The Guardian:
Ahead of a trial of two female journalists who covered Mahsa Amini's death, Iran's reporters describe beatings and threats for covering protests in the country  —  Ahead of a trial of journalists who covered the death of Mahsa Jina Amini, reporters describe beatings and threats as government agents try to wipe out independent media
Jeff Sanders / San Diego Union-Tribune:
Sinclair's Diamond Sports, in Chapter 11 bankruptcy, lets its broadcast rights to the San Diego Padres expire; temporary free streams on the MLB app are likely  —  Temporary free streams on the MLB app are likely, while both direct-to-consumer and traditional cable options are pursued
Andrew Marchand / New York Post:
Sources: ex-NFL punter Pat McAfee's ESPN contract is for five years and worth ~$85M; ESPN gets 230 shows per year that the network can sell advertising against  —  Pat McAfee's deal with ESPN is for five years and around $85 million, The Post has learned.  —  With the contract …
Danny Funt / Columbia Journalism Review:
A look at Defector trying to create a journalists' utopia that isn't ethically compromised and the accompanying trade-offs, like less revenue and fewer sources  —  Defector in pursuit of a journalists' utopia  —  Deadspin, the influential sports and culture blog that all but imploded a few years ago …
Source: Twitter has been selling ad inventory through the mobile advertising marketplace InMobi in one test market since May 13, and plans to gradually expand  —  Twitter's beleaguered ads business is on a bit of a roll these days.  —  With the appointment of a top media executive …
Lillian Rizzo / CNBC:
Parrot: global demand for films and TV shows in Asian languages reached a 25% share in Q1 2023, up from ~15% in Q1 2020, driven by Chinese and Japanese content  —  WATCH NOW  —  Netflix is investing $2.5 billion to make Korean shows, says VP of Korean content
Discussion: NBC News and WORLD SCREEN
Mia Sato / The Verge:
The UK jails five men who sold a £10 per month subscription to illegally stream English Premier League games, generating over £7M from 50K subscribers  —  Five men who illegally streamed Premier League football matches to tens of thousands of people have been jailed.
Financial Times:
OPEC bars Reuters, Bloomberg, and The Wall Street Journal from its meeting this weekend; sources: the decision was instigated by Saudi Arabia's energy minister  —  Reuters, Bloomberg and Dow Jones denied invites in decision driven by Saudi Arabia's energy minister
Mary Yang / NPR:
A look at Sino Monthly, a Chinese-language magazine that costs $1.25 per issue and has become a staple for New Jersey's Chinese community  —  EDISON, N.J. - Bundles of free newspapers are stacked by the doors of Chinese supermarkets in New Jersey.  Plastered with brightly colored ads …
Discussion: @niemanlab
Katie Paul / Reuters:
Meta says it would remove news content in California from its platforms if the state government passes a proposed law forcing tech companies to pay publishers  —  Facebook parent Meta Platforms (META.O) said on Wednesday it would remove news content in its home state of California …
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Ben Smith / @semaforben:
In an internal note, Wired EIC Gideon Lichfield says he will leave the magazine in mid-September, unless a new editor is ready to start sooner
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Matthew Keys / The Desk:
Google TV adds the Live tab to some devices in Germany, with streaming channels from Joyn and Zattoo, first time the feature has been offered outside the US
Discussion: Broadband TV News, Thanks:@matthewkeyslive
 Earlier Picks: 
Keith Zhai / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: India denied visa renewals to the last two Chinese journalists in the country; of 2022's four Indian journalists in China, at least two can't return
Jane Bradley / New York Times:
Sources: Financial Times editor Roula Khalaf killed a story on allegations of ex-Guardian columnist Nick Cohen's unwanted advances, over not being an “FT story”