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12:15 PM ET, March 11, 2021


 Top News: 
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
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
Sources: BuzzFeed is in talks to go public through a merger with 890 5th Avenue, a SPAC; one source says proceeds could be used for future acquisitions  —  BuzzFeed Inc. is in talks to go public through a merger with 890 5th Avenue Partners Inc., a special purpose acquisition company, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
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?
Archie Bland / The Guardian:
Ian Murray, executive director of UK's Society of Editors, steps down following backlash over his claims that there is no racism in the UK press  —  Ian Murray steps down amid backlash over his article criticising duchess's claims of UK media bigotry  —  The executive director of the Society …
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”
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”
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
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  —  Its monopoly is stopping public libraries from lending e-books and audiobooks from Mindy Kaling, Dean Koontz, Dr. Ruth Westheimer …
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: and @katerinareports
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 …
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 Earlier Picks: 
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Meredith hires Mary Margaret as the new EIC of Entertainment Weekly; she will be the 31-year-old publication's first female EIC
Discussion: The Wrap and MediaPost
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
Yahoo News is outpacing WaPo and others on TikTok, with 1.1M followers, by using a combination of partner footage, original reporting, and humor to deliver news
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