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5:10 PM ET, March 18, 2021


 Top News: 
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 …
Annalee Newitz / The Hypothesis:
Substack's decision to pay some to write on the platform is an editorial one as it chooses what writing to support; its secrecy is a breach of journalism ethics  —  I think of myself as having decent critical faculties, but somehow I got suckered again by a bog-standard publishing venture masquerading as a useful communications tool.
Mark Stenberg / Adweek:
Substack has lost several writers who say they are concerned about editorial impartiality and whether the service is paying transphobic writers
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.
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  —  It's inevitable that reporters will have to rely heavily on law enforcement sources in the first hours after a horrific crime.
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  —  The BBC has unveiled a six-year plan that will see the corporation expand key services outside of London and further afield …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
The price for Quartz' story-as-an-NFT reaches ~$1,800, with time left for more bids; the stunt also shows how journalism's value is divorced from market price  —  This is one of the eternal truisms of journalism: The value of news as a product only rarely lines up with what the market will pay for it.
Discussion: Talking Biz News and Artnet News
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Quartz has turned one of its articles into an NFT, or nonfungible token, with bids ending at 8PM ET on March 21; proceeds go to IWMF's Lauren Brown Fellowship
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Spotify launches a site to show how much it pays artists: $5B in 2020, up from $3.3B in 2017, and 13K artists made $50K+ in royalties, up 80% from 2017  —  The company's making an effort to be more transparent  —  Musicians aren't thrilled with Spotify — they say the streaming platform undervalues …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
NBCU says it will seek primetime TV rates for ads that run on Peacock as viewers can now stream primetime shows at the times of their choosing  —  The priciest stuff on TV for advertisers always runs in primetime.  When viewers can stream “This Is Us” or “Young Rock” at moments of their own choosing, however, primetime is anytime.
Discussion: /Film, MediaPost, @bristei and @dylanbyers
Ryan Faughnder / Los Angeles Times:
MPAA: global video subscriptions grew to 1.1B, up 26% YoY; global spending on home entertainment grew 23% YoY to $68.8B with digital entertainment making up 76%  —  The number of streaming service subscriptions passed 1 billion worldwide for the first time in 2020, highlighting massive growth …
Sam Thielman / Columbia Journalism Review:
Profile of Adbusters, a magazine of catchy font design that is synonymous with the early-2000s political left and the birthplace of Occupy Wall Street activism  —  On November 15, 2011, just outside a boarded-up vacant lot in Lower Manhattan, several NYPD officers held down a protester …
Discussion: @micahuetricht and
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
YouTube is rolling out its TikTok rival YouTube Shorts in the US, but the beta is missing features and feels half-baked  —  Rolling out to everyone in the US ‘over the next several weeks’  —  YouTube Shorts, the company's short-form answer to TikTok, is launching in beta in the United States starting today.
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Sources: DOJ investigators are asking ad executives whether Google's plan to ban third-party cookies will hobble its smaller rivals
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Manori Ravindran / Variety:
Vice UK reported £160M in revenue in 2019, up 50% YoY, with profits of £18M, up 163% YoY, thanks largely to its majority stake in production company Pulse Films
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Alex Kantrowitz / OneZero:
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Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
AT&T says it will no longer exempt HBO Max from mobile data caps starting March 25, after a US court upheld CA's net neutrality law; change will apply beyond CA