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4:30 PM ET, February 24, 2021

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Kerry Flynn / CNN:
New York Times admits workplace issues, particularly around the treatment of Black and Latino employees, in a new report following an eight-month investigation  —  New York (CNN Business)The New York Times (NYT) is admitting its own workplace issues, particularly around the treatment of Black …
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Washington Post led all news organizations at the Polk Awards with four prizes; half of all Polk Awards were for reporting related to the pandemic  —  The Washington Post led all news organizations, with four prizes.  The infectious-disease reporter Helen Branswell, of Stat …
Nick Clegg / About Facebook:
Facebook defends its stance in Australia, says it invested $600M since 2018 to support the news industry and plans at least $1B more over the next three years  —  Last week, in a move that will have felt abrupt and dramatic to many, Facebook announced it was stopping the sharing of news on its service in Australia.
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ABC:
Australia says Facebook agreed to reinstate news content in Australia in the coming days after the government promised amendments to its proposed media bill
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Facebook's Australia news ban shows tech giants don't mind giving up money to appease regulators and business, but will not give up control over platforms
Australian Financial Review:
Kerry Stokes' Seven West Media announces it has signed a letter of intent to provide news to Facebook; sources say Nine and News Corp deals are expected soon
Simon Wilkie / The Conversation:
Australia's news media code debate has mostly focused on large media players, but the attention should be on protecting the sustainability of small publishers
Sara Fischer / Axios:
New York Magazine:
First Look Media says it didn't fire Laura Poitras but chose not to renew her contract because she had been “inactive” for 2+ years, amid a fight about layoffs  —  When Laura Poitras co-founded First Look Media with Glenn Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill in 2013, the venture had immediate prestige …
Theodore Schleifer / Vox:
Sources: the founder of Acronym, which backs Courier Newsroom, wants to raise $65M to push progressive local news and match the dominance of conservative media  —  It's called the Project for Good Information, and it raises big questions about the future of the information wars.
Chris Lindahl / IndieWire:
Amazon stopped accepting documentaries and short films via Prime Video Direct in early Feb. and has been dropping long-running docs with no warning or context  —  When Amazon made a unilateral decision in early February to stop accepting documentaries and short films via Prime Video Direct …
Anne Davies / The Guardian:
Sky News Australia is garnering millions of views spreading far-right conspiracies, which Alex Jones and others are using as “evidence” from mainstream media  —  The US conspiracy network Infowars has been banned from most social media platforms, but Alex Jones, its presenter …
The Guardian:
Guardian launches a project focused on human rights abuses, becoming the first global media organization with a dedicated human rights reporting team  —  GNM press office  —  Today the Guardian and the Observer launched Rights and Freedom, a two-year reporting project focused on investigating …
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@scngguild:
[Thread] Workers at Southern California News Group, including The Orange County Register, announce a union and ask Media News Group and Alden for recognition  —  We are the journalists of the Southern California News Group. We love what we do, and we are organizing to ensure that we can continue doing it. Here's why we're doing it: 1/9
 
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YouTube to roll out a “supervised” account option in beta in the coming months in more than 80 countries, aimed at kids that are too old for YouTube Kids
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