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10:20 PM ET, March 11, 2021


 Top News: 
Jason Gurwin / The Streamable:
Netflix is running a test cracking down on password sharing, prompting some users to get their own account if they don't live with the owner of the account  —  Earlier this week, some Netflix subscribers began to notice that it might be a bit harder to “borrow” someone's password.
Hannah Farrow / Local News Initiative:
A look at monetization strategies that Gannett is experimenting with, including dynamic paywalls, changing the size of its metered paywalls, and premium content  —  News Outlets Apologize Less and Innovate More, With a ‘Freemium’ Model and Dynamic Paywalls  —  Gannett's Amalie Nash is tired …
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
How YouTube celebrity Tim Pool and others failed to launch a news site backed with $1M+ in crowdfunding after infighting, which included a dispute over a cat  —  Tim Pool's disgruntled ex-partners say he used a cat as a bargaining chip in an ugly business negotiation.  Pool says he's innocent.
The Markup:
Citizen Browser project's Split Screen tool shows Facebook's different News Feeds for Trump and Biden voters, based on data from 2,500+ users across the US  —  Facebook's recommendation algorithm shows different news, groups, and hashtags to different users.  But who sees what?
New UK action plan to protect journalists includes training for police, a call for evidence from journalists, and the introduction of an Online Safety Bill  —  Statements of support from political parties  —  Statement from the National Committee for the Safety of Journalists
Discussion: The Guardian, @dcnorg, @janebsinger, @dcms and @dcms, Thanks:@sdp
Craig Forman / Nieman Reports:
The pandemic relief bill throws a lifeline to newspapers weighed down by pensions by changing financing rules; it could have saved McClatchy from Chapter 11  —  Pension provisions in the $1.9-trillion bill give local news outlets crucial breathing room to pursue sustainable digital business models
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
Teen Vogue's incoming EIC Alexi McCammond apologizes again for using “hurtful and inexcusable language” in tweets from 2011 and 2012 when she was a teenager  —  New York (CNN Business)Teen Vogue's newly appointed editor in chief isn't slated to start until March 24 …
New York Times:
A deep look at what happened at Gimlet Media and its top podcast Reply All, following the pressure of a union drive and rewards of a lucrative sale to Spotify  —  A podcast was applauded for its reporting on embedded racism in the workplace.  It didn't make it to the third episode.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Roku will premiere its first exclusively licensed series on March 19 on the Roku Channel as it begins a big push into exclusive and original programming  —  “Cypher,” an FBI-set crime drama series, will premiere exclusively on the Roku Channel on March 19 in the U.S. and Canada.
Discussion: The Streamable
Wall Street Journal:
Radio broadcaster Entercom buys podcast ad network Podcorn, a self-service marketplace with almost 40,000 podcasters, for $22.5M  —  Deal valuing Podcorn at $22.5 million helps radio giant tap up-and-coming podcasters  —  Entercom Communications Corp. will acquire podcast ad network Podcorn …
Health officials say Los Angeles theaters can reopen at 25% capacity between March 15-March 17; major circuits believe they won't be operational until March 19  —  Movie theaters in Los Angeles will be able to reopen early next week, public health officials said Thursday.
Discussion: The Verge
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Newsrooms are increasingly packaging their long form journalism as podcasts, newsletters, or even documentaries as they pivot away from long articles online  —  From pop-up newsletters to podcasts and short courses to documentaries, newsrooms are getting creative about presenting long-form journalism in the Internet era.
Discussion: @katerinareports and
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Robert Williams / Marketing Dive:
Reddit signs its first enterprise partnership with a media agency, Omnicom, whose advertiser clients will have greater access to the site's data and insights
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 Earlier Picks: 
Linh Ta / Axios:
Des Moines Register reporter Andrea Sahouri was acquitted of all charges by a jury after her arrest while covering a BLM protest last summer
Sarah Turnnidge / HuffPost UK:
ITV news anchor Charlene White quits as host of National Press Awards following the Society of Editors' widely ridiculed claim that the UK media is “not racist”