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2:00 PM ET, March 23, 2021

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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Verizon Media Group plans to rebrand most media franchises as Yahoo products and group them together on Yahoo+, a subscription platform  —  Verizon Media Group, the media division within Verizon, has 3 million people that pay for subscriptions across its portfolio of Yahoo-related products …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Study of subscriber retention techniques at 526 news organizations across the US: just 41% “make it easy” for subscribers to cancel their subscriptions online  —  Bad news for people who hate using the phone: Just 41% of U.S. news publishers “make it easy” for subscribers to cancel …
Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
As its share price surges, ViacomCBS says it will raise $3B in a stock sale to bolster its push into streaming  —  The sale of Class B common stock and Series A Convertible Preferred Stock comes the same month the company officially launched Paramount+, and as the company's share price surges.
Discussion: Axios, Variety, The Wrap and @alexweprin
Reuters:
Cineworld, owner of Regal Cinemas, strikes multi-year deal with Warner Bros. guaranteeing a 45-day theatrical window in the US starting in 2022  —  (Reuters) - Cineworld's U.S. chain Regal will reopen next month after prolonged closures caused by the pandemic, in time for big-budget release …
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Paul Brock, a founder of the National Association of Black Journalists, formed to promote better hiring practices and improve coverage of POC, has died at 89  —  The National Association of Black Journalists was formed to promote more aggressive hiring practices in the news media and to improve how people of color were covered.
Discussion: @dashdecosta
Tom Jones / Poynter:
Interview with Katie Couric on hosting Jeopardy!, her upcoming memoir, and building a company to produce a newsletter, a podcast, and other original journalism  —  She has a daily newsletter.  She has a podcast.  She produces original journalism on her website.  Is there anything Katie Couric isn't doing?
 
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Marcia Brown / American Prospect:
Activists say CNN aired a clip about a border crossing despite warnings it may have been staged, as outlets compete to frame the border situation as a “crisis”
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Eric Spinato, the head booker and senior story editor for the Fox Business Network who worked primarily with Maria Bartiromo, dies from the coronavirus
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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
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
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