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3:00 PM ET, March 22, 2021


 Top News: 
Jay Rosen / PressThink:
A look at instances where journalistic practices have improved in response to the Trump years, such as providing better context in explaining officials' actions  —  Even after all that has happened from the escalator to the insurrection, you're worried that the American press has learned nothing from the Trump years.
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
The controversies around Substack miss the point that it is just a tool for sovereign writers, who are in control as they are paid directly by subscribers  —  Manage your Stratechery subscription.  —  There has been a bit of controversy around Substack over the last week …
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
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Interview with author Ibram Kendi, who is working with The Boston Globe on The Emancipator, an online publication with a seven-figure budget to cover racism  —  The author Ibram Kendi and The Boston Globe are teaming up to cover racism, inspired by Boston's 19th-century abolitionist newspapers.
Elizabeth Spiers / My New Band Is:
Conde used McCammond's tweets as an excuse to fire her because it can't fire Wintour, who inappropriately hired an EIC with no managerial or fashion experience  —  Conde Nast recently hired 27 year old political reporter Alexi McCammond to be the editor in chief of Teen Vogue and rescinded …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
CNN lost 45% of prime-time audience in the past 5 weeks and WaPo unique visitors fell 26% from Jan. to Feb., as outlets lose audience gained during Trump years  —  Of all Donald Trump's prophecies and predictions — that Mexico would pay for a border wall, that coronavirus would spontaneously disappear …
John Koblin / New York Times:
Nielsen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show lost more than a million viewers, a decline of 43%, following Ellen's on-air apology in September  —  “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” a sturdy daytime hit, has had a steep ratings decline since the host addressed accusations by former staff members that led to firings and an internal investigation.
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
In letter to FCC, Mozilla calls for a return to net neutrality, joined by Dropbox, Eventbrite, Reddit, Vimeo, and Wikimedia  —  - Firefox-maker Mozilla is leading a push for the Federal Communications Commission to swiftly reinstate net neutrality rules stripped away under the Trump administration.
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
NYT had 840K games subscribers at the end of 2020, up 40% YoY, and more than 28M people had played one of its games last year, up 16% YoY  —  A veteran of FarmVille and Words With Friends looks to entice more subscribers with non-news diversions  —  The most searched-for terms …
Elizabeth A. Harris / New York Times:
Emotional viral TikTok videos are boosting book sales, like The Song of Achilles, which saw its sales jump about 9x after some book reading videos took off  —  “BookTok” videos are starting to influence publishers and best-seller lists, and the verklempt readers behind them are just as surprised as everyone else.
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
A gender discrimination lawsuit against Disney, filed by two women in 2019, has been joined by eight other female Disney employees and adds pay secrecy claims  —  A claim that the company illegally prohibits employees from discussing pay has been added to a lawsuit accusing it of paying women less than men.
Steven Perlberg / Insider:
Fortune, which has around 30,000 digital subscribers, lost ~$10M last year, due to implosion of live events business, which accounted for 30%+ of its revenue  —  - Fortune's owner gave it a $9.6 million lifeline during the pandemic.  — The editorial union is fighting management over byline counts and diversity measures.
Discussion: @perlberg and
Julia La Roche / Yahoo Finance:
TIME Magazine to auction three covers as NFTs including one asking “Is Fiat Dead?” and plans to add a “pay by crypto” option for its subscribers within 30 days  —  TIME Magazine plans to lean into surging demand for digital currency and art, currently two of the hottest trends in the global economy.
Discussion: Insider, TIME, Ad Age and The Verge
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Damien Wilde / 9to5Google:
YouTube confirms it is testing a feature in the US that automatically detects products in videos and provides related content links
Discussion: The Verge
Ari Levy / CNBC:
Budget TV maker Vizio is planning a NYSE IPO and pitching investors on its growing ad and streaming businesses, driven by SmartCast, which has 12.2M accounts
Geneva Abdul / New York Times:
Profile of Tashnuva Anan Shishir, Bangladesh's first transgender news anchor, whose employer hopes hiring her will “inspire the society to change attitudes”
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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 by a member of Vlog Squad in 2018
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
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 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
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