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1:15 PM ET, March 19, 2021


 Top News: 
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
NYT plans to give up control of its 77K-member NYT Cooking private Facebook group and hand the group over to volunteer moderators from its community  —  “I blame people who fight over brands of mayonnaise.”  —  “How many goddamn posts do we need to see of people's first Le Creuset?  Seriously.”
The Daily Beast:
Teen Vogue's new EIC Alexi McCammond, who was meant to start in the coming days, will no longer be joining the publication  —  The Condé-owned outlet's new editor has exited the job just days before she was set to take on the gig. … Just days before she was set to begin the job …
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
Teen Vogue Executive Editor Samhita Mukhopadhyay announces she is leaving; source says the move was announced internally earlier  —  Teen Vogue executive editor Samhita Mukhopadhyay announced Friday she is leaving the Condé Nast brand after three years in her role.
David M. Herszenhorn / Politico:
Politico Europe Editor-in-Chief Stephen Brown has died at age 57; after a long tenure at Reuters, he oversaw the expansion of Politico Europe  —  Stephen Brown, the editor in chief of POLITICO Europe and a former news correspondent who reported widely from Europe and South America for Reuters …
Asian American Journalists Association:
In the wake of the Atlanta shooting, AAJA urges newsrooms to empower Asian American and Pacific Islander journalists given their sources and their expertise  —  Contact: Naomi Tacuyan Underwood, Executive Director /  —  On behalf of our broadcast members nationwide …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Media must stop taking official pronouncements at face value, using phrases like “police said” as shorthand for truth, and train staff to show less credulity
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
UK's Reach will tell three-quarters of its staff to permanently work from home as it closes dozens of newspaper offices in mid-sized towns  —  Reach, which also owns Express, Star and regional papers, will shut offices in dozens of mid-sized towns  —  One of the UK's leading news publishers …
NFL finalizes an 11-year media rights deal, with Amazon Prime Video as exclusive partner for Thursday Night Football; sources: Amazon is paying about $1B/year  —  - The new agreement runs through 2033 and will feature two Super Bowls returning to Disney's ABC network channel.
Dell Cameron / Gizmodo:
OANN broadcast and tweeted the email and cell phone number of a NYT journalist reporting on the network; the tweet, up for about six hours, has now been deleted  —  More than four hours had passed after Twitter was informed on Wednesday that a far-right news network had used its platform …
The Business of Business:
Q&A with Morning Brew cofounder Austin Rief on plans for subscriptions, why they accepted Axel Springer's offer, and retaining staff with the rise of Substack  —  Morning Brew isn't just a newsletter, it's a burgeoning email empire.  It counts five verticals — including its namesake newsletter …
Hanaa' Tameez / Nieman Lab:
A group of climate journalists is launching The Uproot Project, a network for environmental journalists of color, to be modeled after the Ida B. Wells Society  —  The climate crisis may be the biggest story of our lifetime, and the news industry is increasingly coming to grips with the fact …
BBC Burmese journalist Aung Thura was detained while reporting, along with local reporter Than Htike Aung; 40 journalists have been arrested since February 1  —  A reporter with the BBC Burmese service has been detained in Myanmar as clashes continue between security forces and protesters.
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Casey Newton / Platformer:
Facebook's newsletter tool will let it help people monetize their Facebook Pages and show it can support a different kind of publishing amid legal scrutiny
Cory Doctorow / Pluralistic:
Publishers should focus on how Google and Facebook steal via ad fraud and price-rigging rather than on the nonsense idea that snippets and referrals are crimes
Amanda Meade / The Guardian:
Australia's Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance will vote in April on whether to withdraw from the Australian Press Council, which has been called ineffective
Stephan Salisbury / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
The marble slab engraved with the First Amendment that towered seven stories high at Washington's Newseum will move to Philadelphia's Constitution Center
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Ashley Carman / The Verge:
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Manori Ravindran / Variety:
BBC unveils a six-year, £700M plan to expand operations outside of London including relocation of 400 positions and creation of 200-300 local journalism roles