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5:05 PM ET, July 10, 2024


 Top News: 
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.
Associated Press:
Russia's government declares The Moscow Times an “undesirable organization”, meaning any Russian who cooperates with the outlet could get five years in prison  —  The Russian prosecutor general's office on Wednesday declared The Moscow Times, an online newspaper popular among …
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 …
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 …
Clare Malone / New Yorker:
Q&A with NYT's Joe Kahn on newsroom flare-ups, defining and building NYT culture among newer employees, his family foundation donations, Gaza coverage, and more  —  Joe Kahn, the newspaper's executive editor, wants to incentivize his staff to take on difficult stories, even when they might engender scrutiny, or backlash.
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 …
Bill Donahue / Billboard:
The US Copyright Office finalizes a new rule aimed at ensuring that songwriters who reclaim rights to their music will actually get paid streaming royalties  —  The new rule clears up uncertainty about who gets paid streaming royalties when songwriters take back their music rights - a trickier question than it sounds.
WBD CEO David Zaslav calls the Paramount/Skydance deal “good for the industry” and hopes the next president embraces deregulation “so companies can consolidate”  —  “Getting [Paramount] in solid hands and having them funded — it's a great company and a great heritage …
Matt Grobar / Deadline:
Random House Publishing Group is acquiring comic book and graphic novel publisher Boom! Studios; the deal is expected to close this summer  —  The Random House Publishing Group, a division of the world's largest trade publisher, Penguin Random House, has entered into an agreement to acquire comic book …
Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
Radio show and podcast This American Life plans to move its ad sales from the NYT to National Public Media on August 1, as the NYT looks to paywall its podcasts  —  The program will remain available through the New York Times' audio app  —  The long-running radio show and podcast …
Discussion: @ashleyrcarman and Inside Radio
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews plans to leave as the president of CBS News after less than a year, amid cost cuts from parent company Paramount Global
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
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
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
Discussion: The Guardian
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
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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 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”
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
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