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1:25 PM ET, March 24, 2021


 Top News: 
Ev Williams / Medium:
Medium announces buyout offers to everyone in its editorial division and the departure of Siobhan O'Connor, VP of editorial, as it adjusts publication strategy  —  We announced a buyout and leadership change to the Medium editorial team today.  Below is the email I sent to the company.  —  Team,
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Analysis finds 87% of COVID-19 coverage in the national US media last year was negative, compared to 51% in international media and 64% in scientific journals  —  The U.S. media is offering a different picture of Covid-19 from science journals or the international media, a study finds.
Steven Perlberg / Insider:
Leaked memo: NYT is creating a system to approve outside work by its journalists, including newsletters, podcasts, book deals, or consulting on film projects  —  - A committee of Times leaders are expected to review outside work for journalists.  — Both paid and unpaid newsletters may require approval from The Times.
Ahead of House hearing, Mark Zuckerberg calls for Section 230 reform that makes protections conditional on platforms' ability to identify and remove content  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will tell lawmakers his plan for “thoughtful reform” of a key tech liability shield rests …
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
LA Times says it has received a $10M PPP loan, its first during the pandemic, to help cover payroll and other costs amid a plunge in advertising revenue  —  The Los Angeles Times has received a $10-million loan through the federal Paycheck Protection Program — money that will help cover payroll …
Robert Channick / Baltimore Sun:
Filings: Stewart Bainum Jr. offered $650M to purchase all of Tribune Publishing even as its board endorsed a $630M offer from Alden Global Capital  —  A Maryland businessman has offered $650 million to purchase all of Tribune Publishing, the parent of The Baltimore Sun …
Matt Donnelly / Variety:
Jay Leno apologizes for jokes told over his career targeting Asian communities, saying it is not “another example of cancel culture but a legitimate wrong”  —  Late night host and comedian Jay Leno has issued an apology for a series of jokes told over his career targeting Asian communities.
New York Times:
Brands including Ford and Nike are funding long-form branded content for streaming services like Hulu and HBO to reach audiences who no longer see short ads  —  As streaming video has gained in importance during the pandemic, advertisers have put more focus on Hollywood-level branded content as a way to reach viewers.
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Politico Playbook criticized for an item that cast Trump's administration as having been more transparent than Biden's on migrant detention at the border  —  Journalists, progressives, and others hammered Politico for a Playbook item that cast the Trump administration as having been more transparent …
Ian Parker / New Yorker:
A deep look at HGTV, a top-four cable network since 2018, and how it handled two crises: COVID-19, which shuttered TV production, and the slow demise of cable  —  In the streaming era, does the network need to be more than wallpaper?  —  One morning last June, a dozen executives at HGTV …
Nicole Gallucci / Mashable:
Q&A with WaPo video producer Dave Jorgenson, who has helped the outlet's TikTok account amass close to 900,000 followers through his witty and topical videos  —  Welcome to Small Talk, a series where we catch up with the internet's favorite Extremely Online individuals offline.
Jem Aswad / Variety:
Germany-based music company BMG and investment firm KKR say they will partner to pursue recorded music, music publishing, and other music-rights acquisitions  —  The already-crowded music-catalog-acquisition business just got a formidable new player: Germany-based music company BMG …
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Allison Schiff / AdExchanger:
Google says FLoC, its tool for advertisers to perform behavioral targeting, might not be compatible with GDPR and hence is stopping its testing in Europe
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Brat TV, a digital studio that originally focused on YouTube, has licensed its content to Peacock and expects to grow its revenue this year from $15M to $35M
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Matt Taibbi / TK News:
A skeptical look at Tim Wu's ideas about the First Amendment and Big Tech, now that he's at the National Economic Council, and why speech advocates should worry
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Daily Mail owner DMG Media has not signed a deal with Google as the “money isn't adequate and the terms are too restrictive,” per editor emeritus Peter Wright
Rebecca Rubin / Variety:
Disney revamps its schedule and will release Cruella and Black Widow to Disney+ when they open in theaters, via “Premier Access” with a $30 fee for subscribers
Shinhee Kang / Columbia Journalism Review:
How local, Korean-language outlets covered the Atlanta shooting, focusing on the lives of the victims instead of writing profiles of the killer
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Verizon Media Group to rebrand most of its media franchises as Yahoo products and sell subscriptions to those products via Yahoo+, a new subscription platform
Cineworld, owner of Regal Cinemas, strikes multi-year deal with Warner Bros. guaranteeing a 45-day theatrical window in the US starting in 2022