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8:55 AM ET, February 12, 2021

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Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
NYT Opinion editor Kathleen Kingsbury explains her digital-first focus and more: “you can be provocative, but you shouldn't be provocative by accident”  —  Kathleen Kingsbury took the reins at The New York Times' opinion section at an especially fraught moment.
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The Daily Beast:
NYT Opinion editor says it was her decision to spike a Bret Stephens column criticizing Baquet's reasons for firing McNeil, not Sulzberger's as Stephens claims  —  A top New York Times columnist claims the paper's publisher shelved his opinion column defending Donald McNeil …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
In a staff meeting, NYT Executive Editor Dean Baquet retracts a recent statement that the news outlet does not “tolerate racist language regardless of intent”  —  New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet on Thursday rolled back a controversial standard regarding the use of racial epithets at the newspaper.
Oliver Darcy / @oliverdarcy:
Bloomberg is laying off employees as part of a “new structure to elevate editing”; sources: layoffs will affect about 90 employees  —  Bloomberg EIC John Micklethwait confirms layoffs in a memo to staff: “I am not going to pretend today is a happy day for the newsroom. It is always painful to tell journalists that they are losing their jobs.” I'm told the layoffs are affecting about 90 employees. https://twitter.com/...
Sean Burch / The Wrap:
Twitter bans Project Veritas' account for “repeated violations of Twitter's private information policy” and temporarily locks James O'Keefe's personal account  —  The Twitter account for James O'Keefe's Project Veritas was permanently suspended on Thursday after the far-right activist group posted …
Etan Vlessing / Hollywood Reporter:
Ted Sarandos says Netflix plans to open a corporate office in Canada and will hire a content executive to deal directly with local Canadian producers  —  “Canada is an amazingly diverse country and growing our presence locally will help us share more authentically Canadian stories with the world …
Lyz Lenz / Columbia Journalism Review:
Profile of Seth Abramson, who built almost 1M followers during the Trump era writing long Twitter threads, stringing together theories that often unravel  —  Seth Abramson's viral meta-journalism unreality  —  For four years, America has been ruled by the tyranny of tweets, and the news media has been tangled in threads.
Gabby Miller / Columbia Journalism Review:
Interview with three journalists who created a nonprofit newsroom to fill a void in suburban Chicago left by the closure of 22nd Century Media's 15 newspapers  —  Since March, the Tow Center has tracked newsroom cutbacks carried out during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Disney beats as Disney+ reaches 94.9M subscribers globally, 30% of those from Disney+ Hotstar, while revenue dropped to $16.25B, down 22% YoY  —  Disney Plus had the wind at its back to close out 2020: The streaming service notched 94.9 million customers worldwide as of the end of the year-end quarter, the company announced.
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Microsoft pres. says US and other countries should consider adopting rules like Australia's proposed laws, which force tech companies to pay for news content  —  Microsoft President Brad Smith told Axios in an interview that the U.S. and other countries should consider adopting media rules …
 
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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: a deal for full control of Tribune Publishing by Alden Global Capital could be reached this month
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
Staffers at Medium in editorial, engineering, design, and product units say they're unionizing; a majority of about 140 employees signed union cards with CWA
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
The New York Times is testing NYT Kids, a standalone, ad-free digital subscription product for kids aged 8-11, which will feature a lot of “how to” content
Reuters:
BBC World News has been barred from airing in mainland China
Naman Ramachandran / Variety:
HBO Max to launch in Latin America and the Caribbean in June; existing HBO-branded streaming services in Europe will shift to HBO Max later this year
Caroline Davies / The Guardian:
Meghan Markle wins her privacy case in summary judgment against the Mail on Sunday, which published extracts from a letter she wrote to her father
Diep Tran / Backstage:
SAG-AFTRA approves an influencer agreement, extending its coverage to anyone who is paid to advertise products via their social media platforms