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9:10 PM ET, March 6, 2021


 Top News: 
BuzzFeed News:
David Brooks resigns from Aspen but will remain a volunteer at a project there; NYT to add disclosures about the relationship to his past and future columns  —  David Brooks has resigned from his position at the Aspen Institute following reporting by BuzzFeed News about conflicts of interest between …
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 …
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.
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
Marisa Sarnoff / Mediaite:
Nielsen: by the end of February, Newsmax lost 51% of its total day audience since its peak the week of November 16, more than losses at CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News  —  Following its post-election ratings surge, right-wing network Newsmax has seen its ratings drop, losing more than half of its total …
Sara Guaglione / Digiday:
Bloomberg Media is adding paid tiers to its free virtual events, with features like networking opportunities, book talks, and trial subscriptions  —  Like many publishers, Bloomberg Media had to adapt its events business by pivoting to putting on virtual events last year, when the pandemic brought an end to in-person gatherings.
Tom Stites / Nonprofit Quarterly:
Reader-owned news co-ops like The Devil Strip in Akron, OH, offer a chance of success for local news sites in places where existing approaches struggle or fail  —  It's a perfect civic storm: Our battered democracy is as fragile as it has been since the Civil War, trust in crucial institutions is in tatters …
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
The Marshall Project is testing allowing readers to send articles to people in prison by mail, postage paid, in partnership with nonprofit Ameelio  —  We all know the traditional social share buttons — email this, tweet that, etc. — but The Marshall Project has a new one at the top of their most recent article.
Lauren Harris / Columbia Journalism Review:
Since March 2020, when the Tow Center started tracking newsroom cutbacks due to 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.
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Screenshots of a beta version of Fireside, Mark Cuban's podcasting app, suggest it will be a hybrid between Spotify's Anchor and Clubhouse  —  The app is in beta on iOS  —  Last month, The Verge broke news of Mark Cuban and Falon Fatemi's new app Fireside, which promises to deliver a …
Patience Haggin / Wall Street Journal:
A look at The Trade Desk, whose stock fell 8% as Google removes cookies, and its potential to compete with Google in ad-buying, where it has 8% of the market  —  The Trade Desk is second in the market for buying ads across publishers' sites  —  Alphabet Inc.'s Google has crushed almost …
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California will allow Disneyland and Universal Studios theme parks to reopen at limited capacity as early as April 1, if county COVID-19 case rates fall enough
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The Guardian apologizes to Irish pol Máiría Cahill for a story casting doubt on her rape claims, written in 2014 by Roy Greenslade, who secretly backed the IRA
The Guardian:
UK court rules Mail on Sunday must publish a front-page statement about Meghan Markle's victory in her privacy suit against the paper
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
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 Earlier Picks: 
Angilee Shah / Poynter:
A look at Women Do News, a volunteer effort that aims to get more entries about female journalists on Wikipedia; it has completed 28 new entries and improved 10
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
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
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
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