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5:15 PM ET, March 11, 2021


 Top News: 
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 …
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.
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 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.
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 …
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 …
NHL signs seven-year rights deal with Disney that brings games to ESPN, ABC, ESPN+, and Hulu; 75 national regular season games will be only on Hulu and ESPN+  —  (Reuters) - The National Hockey League and Walt Disney Co said on Wednesday they reached what the NHL commissioner called a …
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  —  Reddit signed its first-ever enterprise partnership agreement with a media agency, teaming with Omnicom Media Group (OMG) …
Discussion: Upvoted
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  —  Des Moines Register reporter Andrea Sahouri was acquitted of all charges by a jury on Wednesday following her arrest while covering a Black Lives Matter protest last summer.
Lyz / Men Yell at Me:
Andrea Sahouri's trial was an actual threat to the First Amendment, and initial silence from state leaders showed who would defend journalism and who would not
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
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Facebook is making in-stream ads available on one-minute videos and is testing ads that look like stickers in Stories  —  Ads integrated into content  —  Facebook introduced Stories to its platform four years ago, mostly as a way to encourage people to post content that wasn't highly produced or necessarily photogenic.
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”  —  Exclusive: Loose Women panellist calls out media organisation for its assertion that the UK press is “not racist”.
David Sharman / HoldtheFrontPage:
UK's Society of Editors issues a clarification after 200+ journalists of color criticize its denial of Prince Harry's claim that UK media is “bigoted”
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Geoffrey Fowler / Washington Post:
Amazon is the only major publisher that withholds its digital books from public libraries, preventing people from downloading over 10,000 e-books and audiobooks
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 Earlier Picks: 
Thomas Colson / Insider:
Interview with GB News CEO Angelos Frangopoulos, who says UK's impartiality rules will not prevent it from becoming the country's first anti-"woke" channel
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Court dismisses a defamation suit brought by Trump's campaign against NYT for 2019 op-ed that claimed a quid pro quo existed between Trump and Russian officials