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7:15 PM ET, March 20, 2021


 Top News: 
Peter Kafka / Vox:
Substack is generating negative attention just when it faces competition from Facebook and Twitter to attract writers who want to make money from newsletters  —  The newsletter startup's new controversy, explained.  —  Jude Doyle has been publishing a Substack newsletter since 2018, not long after the startup launched.
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
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
GroupM: Google, Facebook, and Amazon “triopoly” grew its share of US digital ad market from 80% in 2019 to 90% in 2020, and now collects 50%+ of all US ad spend  —  The three tech giants now collect more than half of all ad dollars spent in the U.S. The pandemic economy got them there.
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.”
Gilad Edelman / Wired:
Google's plan to remove third-party cookies from Chrome does little to change the underlying dynamics of the surveillance-based behavioral advertising industry  —  The demise of surveillance capitalism has been greatly exaggerated.  —  GOOGLE GOT SOME good press a few weeks ago when it announced …
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 …
Twitter launches a public survey on whether world leaders should be subject to the same rules as others and what type of enforcement action is appropriate  —  We first explained how we define the public interest on Twitter, as well as our principles and approach to world leaders on our service in 2019.
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 …
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 …
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Some political cartoonists like The Nib's Matt Bors face continued Facebook takedowns, as AI and human moderators struggle with satire  —  As Facebook has become more active at moderating political speech, it has had trouble dealing with satire.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Since 2013 …
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
YouTube star David Dobrik, a co-founder of photo app Dispo, has lost several brand sponsors after claims of sexual assault emerged from past Vlog Squad videos  —  A YouTuber famous for his prank videos has lost multiple sponsors this week.  —  David Dobrik, 24, is one of the best-known YouTubers in Hollywood.
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 …
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Mark Pazniokas / The CT Mirror:
Connecticut bill would bar Hartford Courant owners from issuing debt or dividends “not in the public interest”, to stop Alden from wringing cash from the paper
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
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
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