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7:55 AM ET, March 7, 2021

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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.
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Protocol:
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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Bloomberg:
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
Discussion: @lucas_shaw
BBC:
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:
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 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