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2:00 PM ET, March 5, 2021


 Top News: 
The Daily Free Press:
Unpaid, long hours at student newspapers are deterrents for low-income students and POC, perpetuating the cycle of poor minority representation in newsrooms  —  As with many other demanding extracurriculars, committing to your student news organization means having journalism assignments sprawled across …
With Tidal, Square may give artists more control over the revenue streams they create, offer advances, royalty processing, and more traditional label services  —  Teaming up with Jay-Z's music streaming service may seem like a move done for flash, but it's ultimately all about the money (and Cash).
Katherine Rosman / New York Times:
Mobile payments company Square is buying a “significant majority” stake in music streamer Tidal for $297M; Jay-Z and others bought Tidal in 2015 for $56M
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Teen Vogue names Axios political reporter Alexi McCammond, whose relationship with ex-White House aide T.J. Ducklo recently made news, as editor-in-chief  —  Ms. McCammond's relationship with a former Biden press aide, T.J. Ducklo, recently made news after he threatened a reporter and was forced to resign.
Dylan Byers / NBC News:
Lachlan Murdoch says it is Fox News' job to be the loyal opposition to the Biden administration, as MSNBC was to Trump, and the stance will improve Fox ratings  —  Fox Corp. CEO Lachlan Murdoch said Thursday it is the job of Fox News to serve as the opposition to the Biden administration …
Will Oremus / OneZero:
Q&A with Twitter's senior director of curation Joanna Geary on how her team decides which trends to summarize and how to contextualize them, more  —  ‘Twitter description guy’ isn't a guy.  It's Twitter's curation team, and I talked to the woman who runs it.
Lauren Harris / Columbia Journalism Review:
Since March 2020, when the Tow Center started tracking newsroom cutbacks due COVID-19, 66 outlets have shut down and the shift away from print accelerated  —  In March of 2020, the Tow Center for Digital Journalism began tracking newsroom cutbacks in the wake of the pandemic.
Discussion: @sulliview and Talking Biz News
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Michael Pack, former head of USAGM, signed a no-bid contract with an outside law firm to investigate his own staff; the bill topped $1M in the first few months  —  Last summer, an appointee of former President Donald Trump was irate because he could not simply fire top executives who had warned …
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
As Clubhouse grows in popularity, companies like the just-launched Audio Collective seek to cater to creators, offering event planning and brand consulting  —  A new company called Audio Collective has launched to help build businesses on Clubhouse as brands rush to leverage the platform.
Ben Strauss / Washington Post:
Former and current employees of NBCUniversal's Golf Channel describe sexism, misogyny, and harassment at the network; the network disputes many of the claims  —  Lisa Cornwell was at her parents' house in Fayetteville, Ark., in January when she dialed into a popular golf podcast called “No Laying Up.”
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John Power / South China Morning Post:
Australian broadcaster SBS is suspending use of content from Chinese news services CGTN and CCTV after a human rights group complained about their content
Discussion: The Guardian and Reuters
Chelsea Cirruzzo / Nieman Reports:
A look at healthcare reporters' experiences one year into the pandemic, from helping readers get vaccine appointments to keeping up with scientific developments
Mitchell Clark / The Verge: has relaunched with involvement from its founder and a separate site,, is expected to launch in beta in April with a subscription fee
Tribune Publishing Company:
Tribune Publishing reported Q4 revenue of $192.7M, down 19.5% YoY, and digital-only subscribers rose 30.5% YoY to 436K; sale to Alden expected to close in Q2
Steven Perlberg / Insider:
At WSJ, managers push for more service-oriented articles and SEO-driven stories, causing some tension; EIC Matt Murray also wants more diversity in sourcing
Elizabeth Djinis / Poynter:
A look at local news on Substack, as journalists in Charlotte, NC, Sarasota, FL, and more find underserved niches and add competition for legacy news outlets
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[Thread] A talk with News Media Alliance CEO David Chavern about Australia's News Media Bargaining Code and what it means for US publisher-platform relations
Gordon Russell / The Advocate:
Judge rules that Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, who sued a reporter over her public records request, must turn over the relevant records
Hannah Stonebraker / The Impact Architects:
Knight Foundation and others commission a framework to assess the health of local news systems, find opportunities for strengthening it, and measure progress
Peter Kafka / Vox:
Antenna: in Jan. US consumers subscribed to 1.5 streaming services; Netflix had the highest retention rate and its users were least likely to have another sub
BuzzFeed News:
NYT's David Brooks draws a salary for work on an Aspen Institute project funded by Facebook, Jeff Bezos' father, and others, without disclosure in his columns
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Amazon might carry “a significant number” of Thursday night NFL games exclusively on Prime Video, with only teams' local markets also showing games