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4:30 AM ET, February 17, 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.
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Christopher Dinsmore / Baltimore Sun:
A nonprofit formed by Stewart Bainum Jr., Sunlight for All Institute, is set to acquire The Baltimore Sun, The Capital Gazette, and several other area outlets  —  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 …
Zoe Samios / Sydney Morning Herald:
Sources: Google has agreed to pay Nine Entertainment, owner of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, more than $30M/year for news content in a 5-year deal  —  Google has agreed to pay Nine Entertainment Co more than $30 million in cash annually for the use of its news content …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Declan Walsh / New York Times:
Freelance journalist Theo Padnos publishes Blindfold, an account of the almost two years he spent captured by jihadi kidnappers in Syria  —  A Memoir of Capture, Torture, and Enlightenment  —  In the fall of 2012, Theo Padnos was down and out in Antakya.  An American freelance reporter …
 
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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
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
Austin American-Statesman:
Austin American-Statesman says it won't deliver print edition newspapers today due to power outages that affected its printing facility
Jacob Granger / Journalism.co.uk:
Financial Times-backed tech and startup news site Sifted has launched a membership program; members will get investor surveys, market analyses, and more
Discussion: Sifted
 Earlier Picks: 
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
Sara Fischer / Axios:
CTA: US music, audiobook, and podcast services are expected to reach $10B in revenue in 2021, up 19% over last year
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
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Clubhouse, which centralizes creation and consumption into a feedback loop, will do for audio what Twitter, Stories, and TikTok did for text, images, and video