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3:31 AM ET, February 21, 2021


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Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Patrick Soon-Shiong is exploring a sale of LA Times and considered transferring management of The San Diego Union-Tribune to Alden's MediaNews Group  —  Patrick Soon-Shiong seeks exit after less than three years at the helm, as losses mount  —  Billionaire biotech investor Patrick Soon-Shiong …
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
Soon-Shiong family denies WSJ reports about plans to sell LA Times, and both Union-Tribune's COO and publisher say no plans exist to sell the San Diego paper  —  Los Angeles Times owner Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong on Friday reaffirmed his commitment to the news organization.
Sarah Stonbely / Columbia Journalism Review:
Study of New Jersey's local news finds communities in the lowest income bracket are twice as likely to be news deserts as news oases  —  EXECUTIVE SUMMARY  —  The findings below are simplified for the purpose of clarity; please see the full paper for definitions and variable operationalization.
Ian Carlos Campbell / The Verge:
App Annie: Australian Broadcasting Corporation's news app was briefly the most downloaded app on the AU App Store after Facebook's news ban and is now second  —  Readers may be going directly to the source  —  The Australian Broadcast Company's ABC News app shot to the top of Apple's App Store charts …
Sheldon Chanel / The Guardian:
Facebook's Australia ban is acute for people in places like Fiji, who rely on phone plans with cheap Facebook access as going to news websites costs more data  —  Media experts fear that communities reliant on the site for information will suffer significant impact
Daniel Hurst / The Guardian:
In a media diversity hearing, ex-PM Kevin Rudd said that Australian politicians are afraid of Murdoch media; a News Corp exec dismissed Rudd's claims  —  Former PM says his fear of the Murdoch empire persisted during his time in office and only subsided after he left
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Interview with CNBC anchor Jon Fortt on the GameStop news cycle and countering a crystallizing narrative, framing financial news for viewers, and more  —  On this week's Decoder, I sat down with CNBC anchor Jon Fortt to talk about GameStop, how the media covered it, what happens next for the market …
Discussion: @reckless
The Tech:
MIT's student paper The Tech will no longer publish ads by individuals seeking egg donations from students of a particular race, urges others to do the same  —  Most ads fail to disclose the risks of egg donation process while offering vast financial compensation
Discussion: @universalhub
Sara Luterman / Nieman Reports:
Disabled people are poorly represented in newsrooms and lack resources, like formal talent pipelines, leading to lower quality coverage of disability  —  Disabled people make up 20% of the U.S. population but take up little space on mastheads and in coverage.  Why?  —  ARTICLE BY
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Sources: Meredith, which sold Time to the Benioffs, has sent a cease-and-desist letter to try to stop Time from moving its bookazines from Meredith to Bauer  —  Print magazines may be a struggling business, but a recent cease-and-desist aimed at Time magazine suggests the business of churning …
Discussion: @harrymccracken and MediaPost
Eugene Volokh / Reason:
A court has dismissed Rep. Devin Nunes' libel lawsuit against CNN, citing California law that requires a request for a correction within 20 days  —  The decision (Nunes v. CNN, Inc.), from Judge Laura Taylor Swain (S.D.N.Y.), has just been released.  The alleged libel: … The heart of the legal analysis:
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