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7:10 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 …
Jeremy Milliner / The Streamable:
ViacomCBS says paid streaming subs for Showtime and CBS All Access climbed to 19.2M in Q4, up from 17.9M in Q3; Pluto TV hit 43M global MAUs, up from 36M in Q3  —  Ahead of the official launch of Paramount Plus, ViacomCBS announced where they stand in the world of streaming ahead of the transition.
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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
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 …
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Caithlin Mercer / Reuters Institute:
Sinead Boucher, the CEO of New Zealand's largest newspaper group Stuff, says traffic has not significantly dipped since leaving Facebook and trust is higher  —  Caithlin Mercer  —  Sinead Boucher is the CEO of Stuff, New Zealand's number one-ranking news and media site.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Des Moines Register:
Des Moines Register reporter arrested while covering a protest last spring will stand trial starting March 8; she faces 30 days in jail if convicted  —  Editorial: The pending charges against a Register reporter who was arrested while covering a social justice protest last spring are a clear infringement on the freedom of the press.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
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  —  YouTube is launching a PG version of the internet's biggest video service.  —  A new “supervised” YouTube account option …
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.
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 …
 
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