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9:05 AM ET, July 10, 2024


 Top News: 
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
The US DOJ seized two domain names and 968 X accounts that were part of a Russian propaganda effort using fake social profiles, planned by a senior editor at RT  —  A Russian internet propaganda campaign backed by the Kremlin that spread disinformation in the United States and relied …
Jason Koebler / 404 Media:
TUAW is back online after shutting down in 2015; the new owners seem to be using TUAW as an AI content farm, copying others' posts and using ex-writers' names  —  This month, “Christina Warren” started blogging again for The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW), a legendary and long-dead Apple …
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Ex-WSJ reporter Stephanie Armour sues the paper, alleging it sought to shed staffers who incur big health care costs by invoking “trumped up performance issues”  —  A disability discrimination lawsuit filed Tuesday by a veteran reporter who left the Wall Street Journal …
Peter Kafka / Business Insider:
David Ellison has repeatedly framed “New Paramount” as partially a tech company, but the company's problem isn't its tech but rather its scale  —  - David Ellison says the new Paramount will be a “World-Class Media and Technology Enterprise.”  — He's Oracle founder Larry Ellison's son …
Source: Oracle founder Larry Ellison will invest ~$6B into the Paramount-Skydance deal, with RedBird Capital Partners contributing the remaining $2B
George Stephanopoulos replies to a pedestrian on Biden, saying “I don't think he can serve four more years”; ABC says “George expressed his own point of view”  —  GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS BIDEN CAN'T SERVE 4 MORE YEARS … 6:28 PM PT — George Stephanopoulos tells TMZ …
Wall Street Journal:
Memo: Mark Thompson says CNN is cutting about 100 jobs, plans to launch its first subscription product later in 2024, but offers few details, and more  —  CEO Mark Thompson said it was “a logical possibility” that CNN might pursue a subscription bundle similar to what the New York Times offers.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
The Washington Post launches Climate Answers, an AI chatbot that responds to climate questions with info from WaPo articles, and aims to expand to more topics  —  - The Post is working with several AI firms, including OpenAI and Meta's Llama, to power its own large-language model …
Janay Kingsberry / Washington Post:
A look at The Shade Room, which started as an Instagram celebrity gossip page on Black Hollywood and now aims to improve its standards and do original reporting  —  CEO Angie Nwandu said she wants to grow political coverage on her site that reflects the page's diverse Black audience: “Black people are not a monolith.”
Discussion: @scottbrodbeck
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
A profile of nonprofit National Trust for Local News, which has raised and invested $38M since 2021 to buy and recapitalize financially precarious publications  —  The National Trust for Local News has found that the nonprofit sector 'doesn't need more coaches.' Instead, it will send in a hands-on team.
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Spotify adds the ability for users to leave comments on podcasts, expanding on polls and Q&As; comments will be private by default, and creators can opt out  —  The company already lets Spotify podcasters offer polls and Q&As, so this new feature could give creators new ways to interact with their audiences.
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
City AM editor Andy Silvester plans to leave the free London business newspaper after overseeing its transition to a digital-first newsroom and a new website  —  City AM editor Andy Silvester is leaving the free business newspaper after almost four years at the helm.
Committee to Protect Journalists:
A Kenyan court rules that Pakistani journalist Arshad Sharif's death at the hands of local police in 2022 was arbitrary and unconstitutional  —  Kampala, July 8, 2024—The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes a Kenyan court's Monday ruling that Kenyan authorities violated Pakistani …
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Chalkbeat plans to launch Healthbeat, covering public health, this summer; Chalkbeat will be housed under the new Civic News Company with EIC Shani O. Hilton
Aidan Ryan / The Boston Globe:
UVM's Center for Community News receives $7M to expand partnerships between US universities and local news outlets to give students reporting opportunities
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Lauren Forristal / TechCrunch:
DreamFlare, a studio where creators make videos using third-party AI tools and distribute them through a subscription service, emerges from stealth with $1.6M
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Q&A with NYT Executive Editor Joe Kahn about the NYT's Biden age coverage, the WSJ's investigative approach to the story, using anonymous GOP sources, and more
Discussion: Poynter