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4:05 PM ET, November 23, 2020


 Top News: 
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Snap announces Spotlight, a vertically scrollable TikTok-like feed inside Snapchat, and will pay $1M every day 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 …
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 …
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.
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!
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.
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.
Renée DiResta / The Atlantic:
Trump's clear election loss has widened the split in the right-wing online information ecosystem between those that choose reality and those that choose Trump  —  When Fox News called Arizona for Democrat Joe Biden shortly after the polls closed there on Election Night, right-wing social media erupted in fury.
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.
Elaine Low / Variety:
Netflix says it will expand its footprint in New Mexico's ABQ Studios and pledges to spend an additional $1B on production there  —  Netflix is expanding its footprint in New Mexico, announcing Monday that it is expanding ABQ Studios and pledging an additional $1 billion in production spending there.
Discussion: The Wrap
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Apple now allows up to 10 different active offers per in-app subscription, allowing publishers to offer targeted discounts through their iPhone and iPad apps  —  Want to offer a special introductory rate for students and educators?  Superfans of your local football team?
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.
Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox News Media will debut is first original Christmas movie this year on Fox Nation, with cameos from Fox & Friends co-hosts Steve Doocy and Ainsley Earhardt  —  Fox Nation will debut an original movie, ‘Christmas in the Rockies,’ as it expands its original entertainment programming slate …
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Peter White / Deadline:
Walt Disney Television CFO and president of business operations Ravi Ahuja is stepping down
Discussion: Variety and Hollywood Reporter
Warner Music Inc.:
Warner Music reports FY 2020 revenue of $4.46B, down 0.3% YoY, including digital revenue of $2.9B, up 11% YoY, and net loss of $470M vs. profit of $258M in 2019
Discussion: Variety
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
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
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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
Peter Kafka / Vox:
BuzzFeed's Jonah Peretti argues The NYT can't be called “the paper of record” because its subscription model cuts it off from a broader, more diverse readership
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
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Ezra Klein, co-founder and editor-at-large of, and Lauren Williams, editor-in-chief and senior vice president, are leaving the company
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