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7:55 AM ET, March 7, 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 …
Jacob L. Nelson / Nieman Lab:
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 …
Pat Saperstein / Variety:
In an Instagram post, HFPA commits to making “transformational” reforms, including hiring an independent diversity expert to consult on its membership policies  —  The Hollywood Foreign Press Association issued a statement on Instagram Saturday evening, promising “transformational change” …
Discussion: @variety, The Wrap and Deadline
Feven Merid / Columbia Journalism Review:
Profile of Marc Lacey, who runs NYT's Live coverage, a constantly updating stream of news as stories break; he holds a prominent spot among NYT Black leaders  —  In recent weeks, ever since Marc Lacey started running the Live platform at the New York Times, Sandy, his labradoodle, has been getting more walks.
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 …
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.
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  —  What did Jay-Z and Jack Dorsey talk about when they went yachting around the Hamptons together last summer?  Perhaps only Beyoncé knows.
With Tidal, Square may give artists more control over the revenue streams they create, offer advances, royalty processing, and more traditional label services
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 …
Discussion: @danbenjamin and @ashleyrcarman
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.
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.
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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
Patience Haggin / Wall Street Journal:
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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
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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: Reuters
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
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