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5:45 PM ET, January 27, 2021


 Top News: 
Elena Schneider / Politico:
US political campaigns say that bans by Facebook and Google on political ads have hamstrung them during a crucial fundraising window ahead of the 2022 midterms  —  Facebook and Google's on-again, off-again bans on political ads are hitting campaigns during a crucial fundraising window …
Jennifer Barnett / Medium:
Former managing editor at The Atlantic describes a toxic workplace that drove her out, under a boss “who went on to be next in line to run the paper of record”  —  I had the plum job.  The top of the masthead of one of the most prestigious and respected publications with more than a 150-year-old history.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sources: WaPo is considering National Editor Steven Ginsberg, former managing editor Kevin Merida, and National Geographic EIC Susan Goldberg, to replace Baron  —  The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Reuters, HuffPost and Wired are all looking for new editors.  Soon, The New York Times will be too.
Washington Post:
Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron is retiring on February 28 after eight years at the paper and nearly 45 years in journalism
Todd Spangler / Variety:
AT&T Q4: HBO/HBO Max US subscribers grew 20% YoY to 41.5M, two years faster than its forecast, and HBO Max activations doubled to 17.2M since end of Q3  —  But a 21% decline in Warner Bros. revenue for Q4, as well as other COVID-related impacts, pulled the down company's revenue down and earnings for the quarter.
Pippa Stevens / CNBC:
As Reddit's r/WallStreetBets pushes GameStop's stock to record levels, other stocks mentioned in the subreddit surge, like AMC Entertainment, which is up 200%+  —  - Shares of AMC Entertainment jumped more than 300% at the opening bell on Wednesday.  — In addition to GameStop …
Will Oremus / OneZero:
How the social network Nextdoor is replacing local newspapers as a news and opinion hub, letting governments bypass the media and present a one-sided picture  —  While Facebook and Twitter get the scrutiny, Nextdoor is reshaping politics one neighborhood at a time
JP Mangalindan / dot.LA:
Hulu, Disney+, Prime Video, and Sling all rolled out virtual watch party features in 2020; Hulu says users held 1.5M sessions since the feature launched in May  —  One brisk Friday evening in January at around 9:30 p.m., 15-year-old Ella rushed down the stairs of her home in Stevenson Ranch …
Discussion: @jpmanga
Todd Spangler / Variety:
TV station group Tegna acquires Locked On Podcast Network, which has raised $750,000 and produces ~160 daily shows for US pro and college sports teams  —  Tegna wants a bigger piece of the podcast action: The TV station group announced the acquisition of Locked On Podcast Network …
Aisha Majid / Press Gazette:
SimilarWeb: between Dec. 2019 and Dec. 2020, traffic to The Epoch Times grew 421% to 53.4M visits/month, The Gateway Pundit grew 284%, and BitChute grew 216%  —  Right-wing outlets remained the fastest-growing news websites globally in December, according to Press Gazette's latest analysis of the most popular news websites.
Derrick Bryson Taylor / New York Times:
CBS places Peter Dunn, president of CBS TV, and David Friend, senior VP of news for TV stations, on leave, following accusations of racist and sexist conduct  —  The executives, Peter Dunn and David Friend, were placed on leave after a report in The Los Angeles Times in which they were accused of creating a hostile work environment.
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Tim Peterson / Digiday:
NBC News boosted its viewership on YouTube by 252% YoY in January and earned revenue for 2020 in the “many millions” amid the pandemic and election
Discussion: @charliechar
Tyler Fleming / Post and Courier:
Profile of Joshua Dawsey, who started in high school as EIC of a South Carolina weekly and is now on WaPo's investigations team after covering Trump White House
Aymann Ismail / Slate:
NYT national political reporter Astead W. Herndon on covering Trump's first rallies, the biggest mistake in early reporting, and when to use the word racist
 Earlier Picks: 
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
NYT will never be able to uniformly enforce its social media behavior policy and should remove the language of journalists being “perceived as biased” from it
Teo Armus / Washington Post:
Idaho Statesman Editor Christina Lords confirms she was fired for violating McClatchy's social media policy and doesn't regret her tweet advocating for staff
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Washington Post's Zeus ad tech platform adds video to the range of formats publishers can sell; video ads are especially important for local broadcast companies
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Twitter buys newsletter platform Revue, plans to lower its cut of paid newsletter revenue to 5% and let writers host conversations with subscribers on Twitter