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7:55 PM ET, February 16, 2021


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Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
Tribune Publishing has agreed to be acquired by Alden Global Capital in a $630M deal; Tribune will become a privately held company; Alden to sell Baltimore Sun  —  Tribune Publishing, publisher of the Chicago Tribune and other major newspapers, has agreed to be acquired by Alden Global Capital in a deal valued at $630 million.
Christopher Dinsmore / Baltimore Sun:
The Baltimore Sun is to be acquired by a nonprofit formed by Stewart Bainum Jr.; Alden has signed a nonbinding term sheet to sell the Sun and local affiliates  —  Returning The Baltimore Sun to Maryland hands, the state's largest newspaper and its affiliates will be acquired by a nonprofit formed …
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 …
Janko Roettgers / Protocol:
Roku is planning to build out “an expanding slate of original content”, according to a job listing for a lead production attorney  —  The streaming device maker is hiring to build its own slate of original content.  —  Not content anymore with just streaming Hollywood's old shows and movies …
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.
Discussion: @seangriffey
Nieman Lab:
Ideologically extreme members of the US House get more national cable and broadcast TV time than moderates do, helping stoke TV ratings and conflict  —  Committee assignments are normally a blessing for new House members.  But some of today's newer members, like freshmen Republican …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Study: in Q3, non-US shows accounted for nearly 30% of demand in the US; UK, Japan, Canada, Korea, and India are the top five international markets in the US  —  Content from abroad is boosting its share of the American entertainment diet, thanks in large part to streaming, the pandemic and the creator economy.
Greg Evans / Deadline:
CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin announces she is leaving the network in April; she has been with the network since 2008  —  CNN Newsroom anchor Brooke Baldwin announced her surprise resignation from the news network today, telling viewers that she's leaving in April to focus on …
Gabby Shacknai / Forbes:
Q&A with Bon Appétit EIC Dawn Davis, appointed in August, on her plans for the outlet, including improving diversity and highlighting underrepresented voices  —  For as long as she can remember, Dawn Davis has had a love affair with food.  It was there during her childhood in Los Angeles …
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
BuzzFeed finalizes its acquisition of HuffPost; as part of the deal, Verizon Media and BuzzFeed will syndicate content across each other's platforms  —  BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti, a co-founder of the Huffington Post with Arianna Huffington, on Tuesday finalized his company's acquisition of the left leaning news and culture site.
Discussion: @buzzfeedpr
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.
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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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Financial Times-backed tech and startup news site Sifted has launched a membership program; members will get investor surveys, market analyses, and more
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
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Daniel D'Addario / Variety:
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