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12:25 PM ET, March 1, 2021

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Marc Tracy / New York Times:
How Marty Baron and Jeff Bezos remade The Washington Post from a paper “for Washingtonians” into a global publication with almost 3M digital subscribers  —  The celebrated editor is ending his tenure at the helm of a very different newspaper than the one he originally signed on to run.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Instagram launches Live Rooms for live broadcasts with up to four creators, up from two, and says it will roll out new audio features in coming months  —  Instagram today announced it's adding a much-requested feature to its app with the launch of “Live Rooms,” which allow up to four people to broadcast live together at the same time.
Brian Welk / The Wrap:
At the Golden Globes, celebs including host Tina Fey point out that none of the ~90 journalists comprising the Hollywood Foreign Press Association are Black  —  It's not uncommon for awards winners to get political in their speeches, but this year a lot of presenters and winners took swipes …
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Ben Smith / New York Times:
Profile of Discovery+, which has hit 12M paid subscriptions globally and offers a reality TV-focused catalog with 55K episodes, rivaling Netflix in sheer volume  —  Discovery's new app has taken off largely because viewers love watching people fix houses, tour diners and bicker about their relationships.
Donald G. McNeil Jr / Medium:
Donald McNeil writes a four-part rebuttal to the allegations against him, says what happened to him is “a series of misunderstandings and blunders”  —  On February 5 this year, one week after an article about me appeared in the Daily Beast, The New York Times announced that I would be leaving.
Financial Times:
A look at the coming succession battle at News Corp as Rupert Murdoch turns 90 and sources say James hopes to coordinate with his sisters to reset Fox News  —  By his own reckoning, Rupert Murdoch was supposed to die a fortnight ago, on a Tuesday afternoon.
Anne Kadet / Wall Street Journal:
Looking to break through in podcasting, people are hiring podcasting consulting services, booking sessions at podcast studios, and hiring freelance editors  —  The pandemic has been a boon for services aimed at fledgling shows  —  Annette Perel knows that anyone with a laptop and a microphone can produce their own podcast at home.
BuzzFeed News:
NYT columnist David Brooks wrote a 900-word ode to Facebook Groups on Facebook's corporate website and appeared in a company video; NYT says it was not aware  —  On Tuesday, New York Times columnist David Brooks published a 900-word ode to Facebook Groups and how they foster online communities around the world.
Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago's Ebony magazine relaunches as an ad-supported digital publication, after being bought out of bankruptcy for $14M by Bridgeman Sports and Media  —  Ebony, the Chicago-born magazine that served as the voice of Black America for more than 75 years, is set for a digital rebirth Monday under new owners.
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Liat Kaplan / New York Times:
The person behind “Your Fave Is Problematic” Tumblr blog, which listed regrettable actions by celebrities, says she looks back on her blog with shame and regret  —  What was I trying to accomplish with my anonymous Tumblr?  —  If you were on Tumblr in the early 2010s …
Alison Bethel McKenzie / Report for America:
A look at the role of Black media in local communities, its slow shift to digital, and the impact of the racial reckoning, which has led to increased funding  —  On Canyon Crest Drive in Riverside, California, sits Jammin' Bakery and Café, a sandwich shop that recently closed.
Los Angeles Times:
US State Dept. announces “Khashoggi Ban”, limiting visas for state-sponsored foreign actors who threaten or harm journalists, activists; 76 Saudis on first list  —  The Biden administration Friday sanctioned Saudi officials, but not the kingdom's crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman …
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CNBC:
Newly released CIA-led intelligence report concludes Mohammed bin Salman approved the 2018 slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi
 
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK's Reach reports a 14.6% fall in revenue in 2020 to £600.2M with an operating profit of £133.8M, down 12.8% YoY, and says digital revenue grew 20.4% in Q4
Janko Roettgers / Protocol:
How PBS is adapting to streaming, including one-click donations on Amazon's Fire TV and plans to distribute programming via ad-supported video services
Dan Kennedy / Media Nation:
As Fox News is immune to ad boycotts due to cable carriage fees, mandating a la carte cable where people only pay for channels they want may be more effective
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Sources: the White House Correspondents' Association has objected to a proposal to charge $170 per coronavirus test for journalists entering WH grounds
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John Ourand / Sports Business Journal:
Sources: Disney and the NFL reach a broad media rights agreement, with ESPN renewing Monday Night Football; the NFL already reached deals with CBS, Fox, and NBC
Ryan Faughnder / Los Angeles Times:
Netflix shares USC report on its onscreen and offscreen representation and commits to spending $100M over five years on underrepresented groups in film and TV