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10:55 AM ET, March 17, 2021


 Top News: 
Sara Guaglione / Digiday:
Vox says podcast revenue grew 50% YoY across its network, which has 200+ podcasts, in 2020, as it tests spinning off podcast episodes into standalone shows  —  Vox Media is testing out how one popular podcast can be an incubator for more audio shows not tied to the news.
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Adam Tinworth / One Man & His Blog:
The Telegraph's plan to reward journalists who attract and retain subscribers will not reward clickbait  —  The Telegraph's plan to incentivise subscriber-friendly content doesn't look like clickbait payments, whatever Twitter says  —  There's a Guardian article blowing up on Twitter at the moment …
Analysis of New York Times' A/B tests of its headlines, which often use dramatic, emotionally-charged language to boost engagement  —  The New York Times is a big deal.  As they tell their advertisers, the NYT is the #1 news source for young, rich thought leaders:
Brad Esposito / Very Fine Day:
Interview with Brandy Zadrozny of NBC News, on working as a researcher at Fox News, the odd politics of 2016, QAnon, and the sadness of dark stories  —  Well, it's March again.  Get 50% off a paid subscription to VFD - forever.  Check it out HERE.  —  Don't know what Very Fine Day is?
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
Google's GNI awards $3M to new orgs to fight vaccine misinfo, including to India's The Quint, which provides fact checks to rural women via a grassroots network  —  Google has announced the 11 projects selected to receive a collective $3 million to fight Covid-19 vaccine misinformation.
Ray Schultz / MediaPost:
Multichannel News, which was bought by Future PLC in 2018, will be combined with sister site Broadcasting + Cable on April 1; no staff cuts are planned  —  Multichannel News, a publication that has covered the TV industry for over 40 years, will be combined with sister title Broadcast + Cable, effective April 1.
Shirley Zhao / Bloomberg:
Sources: China told media to stagger Oscars telecast, after nomination of a HK protests documentary and concern over views of Best Director contender Chloe Zhao  —  - The awards ceremony shouldn't be broadcast in real time  — Outlets should only report on awards not deemed sensitive
James Ball / New Statesman:
BuzzFeed and HuffPost showed digital sites can reach huge audiences and create social value; what's missing are involved owners who don't seek VC-scale profits  —  The problem facing digital journalism isn't the editorial content - it's the business model.  —  To write about journalism …
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Report: Fortune employees are staging a day-long strike to protest performance targets like byline counts and traffic goals and to push for diversity measures  —  Staffers at Fortune are staging a day-long work stoppage on Tuesday, reports Steven Perlberg of Insider.
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Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
Facebook unveils a policy on human rights standards and says it's starting a fund to pay for security and support for human rights activists and journalists
Noam Cohen / Wired:
Wikimedia Foundation debuts Wikimedia Enterprise, a premium service for delivering Wikipedia content to companies like Google, but a free option will remain
Eshe Nelson / New York Times:
A look at podcast companies in the UK trying to fund shows outside the BBC's ecosystem, using an influx of cash and inspired by the medium's success in the US
Marisa Iati / Washington Post:
Cleveland Plain Dealer says it won't cover inaccurate statements by a US Senate candidate that it considers ploys for attention, a departure from convention
 Earlier Picks: 
Sara Rimer / BU Today:
BU and Boston Globe Opinion to launch The Emancipator, an antiracist multimedia project, this summer, with op-eds, debates, and more by journalists and scholars
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Facebook will begin testing its publishing platform, including website and newsletter tools, with a small group of writers, some of whom will be paid
Archie Bland / The Guardian:
UK columnist Julie Burchill apologizes to journalist Ash Sarkar and will pay damages after accusing her of being an Islamist, worshipping a pedophile, and more
Scott Feinberg / Hollywood Reporter:
In response to a letter from PR firms, HFPA issued a statement promising to increase its membership to over 100, 13% of which will be Black, among other changes