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9:00 AM ET, February 22, 2021

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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.
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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 …
Los Angeles Times:
Investigation finds non-profit HFPA, which runs Golden Globes, makes substantial payments to members, as questions persist about its ethics and legitimacy  —  It appeared to be a moment of triumph in the long, tumultuous story of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Russian investigative journalism is flourishing alongside “probiv”, the buying of data on phone calls, cell location, or air travel off Telegram or the dark web  —  A new wave of news outlets has used conventional, and unconventional, methods to pierce the veil of Putin's power.
Elaine Low / Variety:
Discovery reports Q4: revenue of $2.9B, beating estimates, and Discovery+ has 11M subscribers after launching in January  —  The company reported earnings of 76 cents per share and revenue of $2.889 billion, vs. Street projections for per-share earnings of 72 cents on revenue of $2.83 billion.
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.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Defector, the employee-owned site that began after a staff walkout at Deadspin, is doing surprisingly well and is financially self-sustaining six months in  —  Mahatma Gandhi didn't actually say “Be the change you want to see in the world,” but if he had, he probably wouldn't have been thinking …
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 …
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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
Hanaa' Tameez / Nieman Lab:
Fort Worth Report, a nonprofit news outlet, will launch in the spring and start with coverage of education, government accountability, and arts and culture  —  Fort Worth, Texas is a special place.  —  Cowtown, as its lovingly known among residents, is an hour west of Dallas and is a city of just under a million people.
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Dish Network reports Q4: $4.56B revenue, up from $3.24B YoY, as pay TV subs dropped by 133K, down from 194K YoY; Sling TV added 16K subs, down from 203K in Q3  —  The company, led by chairman Charlie Ergen and CEO Erik Carlson, posts its latest results and records fourth-quarter growth in Sling TV subs.
Discussion: The Streamable, MediaPost and Dish
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Splice, which makes tools for musicians and offers royalty-free samples, raises $55M at a ~$500M valuation, bringing its total raised to $150M  —  Growing up in County Cavan, Ireland, Shane Codd dreamed of performing at huge nightclubs on the Spanish island of Ibiza, the global epicenter of electronic music.
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 …
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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
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Poynter:
Three fact-checking organizations, including two members of Facebook's fact-checking program, haven't been able to operate their Facebook pages in Australia
Denise Petski / Deadline:
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Wall Street Journal:
In a court brief, Quibi attorneys say Elliott Management founder Paul Singer appears to have personal ties that prompted it to finance a patent suit by Eko