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8:55 AM ET, March 8, 2021

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Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Months after Nexstar debuted an “unbiased” NewsNation, ratings are abysmal and staff say they fear it's becoming a “mini Fox News” with Bill Shine's involvement  —  Two top editors at the channel's new prime-time newscast resigned amid staff complaints of a right-wing tilt …
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 …
Washington Post:
Editorial Board: Biden should have already given a press conference by now, as his 15 most recent predecessors held one within their first 33 days in office  —  Opinion by Editorial Board  —  WHITE HOUSE press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday that President Biden would hold a news conference “before the end of the month.”
Reuters Institute:
Survey of 240 major news outlets in 12 markets: 24% of the 178 top editors are women, up from 22% in 2020; no major Japanese outlets had women as top editors  —  In this Reuters Institute's factsheet we analyse the gender breakdown of top editors in a strategic sample of 240 major online …
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:   RSF survey of 112 journalists in 120 countries: 71% say women journalists are discriminated against due to gender; 58% say discrimination happens in newsrooms
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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 backed the IRA
Axios:
SimilarWeb: nearly every big US news site saw its traffic drop by more than 20% from January to February, with interest in politics coverage down 28%  —  Nearly halfway through President Biden's first 100 days, data shows that Americans are learning to wean themselves off of news — and especially politics.
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” …
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Apple partners with Common Sense Media, which specializes in age-based content reviews, to curate collections of podcasts for kids in the US  —  Coming to Apple Podcasts in the US  —  Apple is making it easier for parents to find podcasts to listen to with their kids.
Discussion: CNET, @ashleyrcarman and Billboard
Molly Blackall / The Guardian:
Four Royal commentators, including CNN's Victoria Arbiter, gave interviews to YouTube pranksters about Meghan Markle's Oprah interview before having seen it  —  YouTuber pranksters tricked experts into being filmed reviewing Oprah Winfrey special with the Sussexes
 
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Jacob L. Nelson / Nieman Lab:
News orgs' focus on audience engagement exposes journalists to abusive comments from readers, an aggravation compounded by a lack of guidance on how to respond
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
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
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
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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
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
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
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