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1:15 PM ET, February 16, 2021


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Ben Smith / New York Times:
NYT says it will not restart its reporter-led trips after the McNeil controversy, as its personnel dramas attract broad attention, like public morality plays  —  Other news organizations have their own personnel dramas.  But none attract the spotlight like The Times.
Jill Abramson / New York Post:
Jill Abramson responds to unrest at NYT, saying “the constant harping and carping of media reporters” has made the “environment more poisonous”
Post and Courier:
South Carolina's Post and Courier launches Uncovered, a collaboration with community newspapers to expose corruption by local officials as news deserts expand  —  1. LIGHT  —  Corruption festers when people aren't looking, when the spotlight doesn't shine.
Daniel D'Addario / Variety:
Claudia Conway's American Idol appearance, the worst sort of exploitation of a minor, should prompt deep reflection among ABC executives  —  Claudia Conway faces challenges that evoke real and powerful sympathy, and not just because of her tender age.  First, this 16-year-old emerged onto …
Vox Media:
Swati Sharma is named editor-in-chief of Vox, starting next month, taking over from Lauren Williams; Sharma is currently managing editor at The Atlantic  —  Melissa Bell, Co-Founder of Vox and Publisher of Vox Media, announced today Swati Sharma, Managing Editor at The Atlantic …
Scott Alexander / Astral Codex Ten:
New York Times's recent article on Slate Star Codex was flawed and dishonest, and an attempt to punish the blog's author for embarrassing them last summer  —  There was recently a negative article about me and my blog in the New York Times.  Most of you already know the history behind this …
Georgina McKay / Bloomberg:
Australia says Google and Facebook are nearing agreements to pay domestic media companies for news  —  - Treasurer cites ‘great progress’ after talks with tech giants  — Google, Facebook oppose planned law forcing payments for news  —  Australia's government said Google and Facebook Inc …
Max Willens / Digiday:
Forbes quietly launched its first-party data platform ForbesOne in 2020, which it says it can be used to reach about 40% of its audience  —  Forbes has spent the past several years trying to build out an ecosystem that can attract and support professional communities.
Meredith Shiner / New Republic:
The Capitol riot should end “both sides” reporting by Beltway journalists, which was devised as a way to avoid specious accusations of bias by Republicans  —  On January 6, terrorists—encouraged by former President Donald Trump and enabled by his Republican supporters in Congress—attacked the United States Capitol.
Shriya Ramakrishnan / Reuters:
Seven West Media says it has struck a licensing deal to supply content to Google's News Showcase, the first major Australian news outlet to do so  —  (Reuters) - Seven West Media Ltd on Monday entered into an initial deal with Alphabet Inc's Google to form a long-term partnership …
Amy Qin / New York Times:
Travel restrictions in China are powering a blowout box office resurgence as Detective Chinatown 3 sets a new world record for largest opening weekend at $397M  —  “Detective Chinatown 3” received tepid reviews, but Covid-19 travel restrictions drove many to the movies when they might have been journeying to their hometowns instead.
David Meyer / Fortune:
TikTok has been hit with a volley of complaints from Europe's consumer protection watchdogs over “misleading” privacy practices and “ambiguous” terms  —  Our mission to make business better is fueled by readers like you.  To enjoy unlimited access to our journalism, subscribe today.
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
McClatchy and Gannett are partnering to sell national ads to the combined 300 local communities they reach; USA Today will lead the new strategy
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
CTA: US music, audiobook, and podcast services are expected to reach $10B in revenue in 2021, up 19% over last year
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Sarah Rumpf / Mediaite:
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