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9:55 AM ET, November 23, 2020

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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Ezra Klein, co-founder and editor-at-large of Vox.com, and Lauren Williams, editor-in-chief and senior vice president, are leaving the company  —  Ezra Klein, co-founder and editor-at-large of Vox.com, the political news website owned by Vox Media, and Lauren Williams, editor-in-chief …
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Ezra Klein is joining NYT Opinion in January as a columnist and podcast host
Drew Armstrong / Bloomberg:
A look at Covid Tracking Project, started by three journalists, with The Atlantic providing legal, comms, and tech support, to track the US spread of COVID-19  —  At the start of 2020, Amanda French was in between academic jobs.  Her mother had died about a year earlier, and she'd taken time off to help settle her affairs.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Snap announces Spotlight, a vertically scrollable TikTok-like feed inside Snapchat, and will pay $1M everyday to users who create the top Snaps through 2020  —  After taking on TikTok with music-powered features last month, Snapchat this morning is officially launching a dedicated place within …
Ben Smith / New York Times:
A look at Biden's relationship with the news media and writer Jon Meacham, as his presidency promises to do for newspaper columns what Trump did for cable  —  The next president promises to do for old-line newspaper columnists what Donald Trump did for cable.  What a time to be George Will!
Hunter Walk / Medium:
Paid newsletters won't bring in enough money on their own for most writers, but creators can have multiple SKUs like podcasts, speaking gigs, and book deals  —  A number of reporters and columnists these days are “going indie,” detaching from their previous employer and signing up with a site like Substack …
New York Times:
Profile of Newsmax, which has become an unusual tribune for Trump's baseless accusations of voter fraud and whose owner is a longtime friend of the president  —  A once-niche conservative cable network, owned by a longtime friend of the president, lures audiences by refusing to declare an electoral winner.
Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
Nonprofit ad group Ad Council is planning a $50M campaign to promote COVID-19 vaccines to skeptical Americans, after a similar polio campaign in the 1950s  —  The nonprofit marketing group led a polio vaccine campaign in the 1950s.  Now it is working on a $50 million ad blitz to counter concerns about coming treatments.
Peter Kafka / Vox:
David Folkenflik / NPR:
US judge orders Michael Pack to stop interfering in VOA's news coverage and personnel matters, and rules he acted unconstitutionally in pursuing bias claims  —  Toggle more options  —  The chief executive over the Voice of America and its sister networks has acted unconstitutionally …
Laura Forman / Wall Street Journal:
Analysis: Facebook and Instagram ads appear to be reaching a saturation point after rising by a ~30% quarterly average since Q3 2015  —  Spending big money to make big money in the ad business may no longer be on the table inside Facebook's network  —  Facebook Inc.'s platforms are starting to feel like homes with too much furniture.
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK's DMGT reports full-year results: revenue down 10% YoY to £1.2B, pre-tax profits dropped 36% YoY to £72M, and ad revenue fell 9% YoY to £231M  —  Mail Online grew revenues by 3% in the year to September despite Covid-19 hammering other parts of the business.
Delia Cai / Deez Links:
Q&A with The Atlantic's Ed Yong on the emotional difficulty of covering the pandemic, the challenge of reader fatigue, the responsibility of his rising profile  —  This week's interview is with none other than The Atlantic's Ed Yong, whose definitive writing on the pandemic …
 
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David Pierce / Protocol:
Inside YouTube Music's plans to compete with Spotify and others by putting the entire music business, including livestreams and tickets, onto a single platform
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Survey of post samples from 173 adult US Facebook users' feeds during October 2020 found that 54% of users saw no news within the first 10 posts of their feeds
Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism:
Daily news podcasts make up 10% of podcast downloads in the US and 9% in France and Australia; across 6 countries, 37 of 102 such podcasts were launched in 2019
James McAuley / Washington Post:
French journalists and advocates are condemning a rule in a proposed security law that would ban filming police, with a fine up to $53,300 and a prison sentence
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Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: Amazon agrees to pull HBO from Fire TV's Amazon Channels next year; WarnerMedia wanted HBO out to maintain a direct relationship with users via its app
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Source: Jeff Zucker is expected to leave CNN in the first quarter of 2021, though “a final decision has not been made”