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8:55 AM ET, March 8, 2021


 Top News: 
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 …
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
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
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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