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4:55 PM ET, March 24, 2021


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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.
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Sources: HuffPost has picked Danielle Belton as its new EIC; Belton is currently the EIC at G/O Media's Black-focused news and culture outlet The Root  —  The left-leaning digital media pioneer will be helmed by The Root's current top editor Danielle Belton, The Daily Beast has learned.
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Substack is only a “scam” in the same way that modern media is, where star pundits profit and talented reporters go underemployed  —  If you aren't sufficiently broken inside to be an extremely-online journalist — or, worse, a non-journalist who diligently monitors the beefs within …
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.
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,
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 …
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Sources: WaPo is looking for a “Journalistic Unicorn” to replace Marty Baron, someone with his stature but a stronger connection to “journalists of tomorrow”  —  The most buzzed-about candidate isn't on the short list, as a trio of Times editors' names make the rounds.
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.
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 …
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 …
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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
Ian Parker / New Yorker:
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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
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
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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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