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4:35 AM ET, June 18, 2024


 Top News: 
Nic Newman / Reuters Institute:
RISJ's 2024 Digital News Report with a survey of 90K+ people: six platforms, like TikTok, reach 10%+ of respondents for news use vs. just two a decade ago, more  —  This year's report comes at a time when around half the world's population have been going to the polls in national and regional elections …
Nic Newman / Press Gazette:
A look at news influencers in the US, the UK, and France: a majority are mainstream journalists in the UK, much higher YouTube use for news in the US, and more  —  News influencer trend well-developed in US, but in UK mainstream brands and journalists leave less of a gap.
Discussion: Reuters Institute
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Reuters Institute: the share of people who say they sometimes or often actively avoid the news reached 39%, up 10 percentage points from 2017
Discussion: Inside Radio
Sheila Dang / Reuters:
Survey: 52% of US and 63% of UK respondents say they would be uneasy with news produced mostly using AI; 59% worry about false news content online, up 3% YoY
Harry Lambert / The Daily Beast:
A profile of The Washington Post CEO Will Lewis, once one of the UK's most feted journalists, and a look at the many compromises he's made in pursuit of power  —  DON'T STOP ME NOW  —  Lewis, the embattled CEO of the Washington Post, has long sought power and success.
James Thomas / Euronews:
Study: anonymous pro-Russian actors are barraging journalists in Europe with fake news, in an effort to overwhelm fact checkers and amplify fake narratives  —  A new report says that the scheme also seeks to amplify certain fake narratives by having reporters publish their debunks and share them far and wide.
Discussion: Check First
Jess Weatherbed / The Verge:
TikTok expands its Symphony generative AI ad suite with dubbing, stock Digital Avatars based on paid actors, and custom Avatars resembling specific creators  —  TikTok is introducing some new generative AI tools that aim to help organizations and content creators grow their global audiences …
David Folkenflik / @davidfolkenflik:
Former WaPo Senior Managing Editor Cameron Barr is now overseeing the paper's coverage of the controversies around CEO Will Lewis and next editor Rob Winnett  —  Update: Former WashPost Senior Managing Editor Cameron Barr is now overseeing the paper's coverage of the controversies besetting publisher Will Lewis and his pick as its next editor, Rob Winnett.
Daniel Thomas / Financial Times:
Discussion: Variety and The Wrap
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
YouTube is testing Notes, an experimental crowdsourced tool to let users add context to videos, similar to X's Community Notes, on mobile in the US in English  —  YouTube is introducing a new experimental feature that will allow viewers to add “Notes” to provide more context and information under videos …
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Arasu Kannagi Basil / Reuters:
Naver-owned online comics platform Webtoon aims to raise up to $315M in a US IPO, offering shares for $18 to $21 each and targeting an up to $2.67B valuation
Discussion: Fast Company and Bloomberg
Allison Schiff / AdExchanger:
Mozilla acquires Anonym, a privacy-focused ad measurement startup launched by Meta executives in 2022, and will run Anonym as a separate business unit
Discussion: MediaPost and The Mozilla Blog
Blake Brittain / Reuters:
A Texas federal jury orders Amazon to pay nearly $122M to adtech company AlmondNet for infringing on two patents related to personalized ad targeting
Discussion: Ad Age
 Earlier Picks: 
Thomas Germain / BBC:
Copywriters detail how AI is changing their jobs, with some seeing a new line of work to make AI-generated text sound more human, a job that pays a lot less
Ari Saperstein / The Guardian:
How Apple added support for automatic transcript generation in the Podcast app, a feature highly requested by both disabled users and podcast creators