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1:05 PM ET, March 26, 2021


 Top News: 
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: the Athletic is in merger talks with Axios, with a long-term plan of adding other digital subscription-based publishers  —  Deal would be part of plan to create larger company with a portfolio of digital-media publishers  —  Sports-media outlet the Athletic is in merger talks …
Colleen Long / Associated Press:
Dominion Voting Systems files a $1.6B defamation suit against Fox News for alleging it rigged the 2020 election  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Dominion Voting Systems on Friday filed a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News, arguing the cable news giant falsely claimed in an effort …
Washington Post:
At Biden's first press conference, no reporters asked about the pandemic; he was asked at least 10 times about the surge of migrants at the US-Mexico border  —  President Biden began his first White House news conference by practically inviting reporters to ask him about the major story of the past year.
Kevin Rector / Los Angeles Times:
An LA Times and a Spectrum News reporter were briefly detained while covering unrest in LA; police said reporters were subject to dispersal orders in the area  —  Los Angeles Times reporter James Queally was briefly detained by the Los Angeles Police Department as he was covering a protest in Echo Park on Thursday evening.
Casey Newton / Platformer:
Interviews with 14 current and former Medium employees portray a dysfunctional company; sources say Medium has 700K paid subs, suggesting $35M+ in revenue
Will Oremus / @willoremus:
[Thread] Will Oremus, who has covered platforms, online speech, and tech policy for OneZero, is accepting a buyout from Medium
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
AP memo instructs reporters not to use the term “crisis” to describe the current situation at the border, asking to “avoid hyperbole” in general  —  In an internal memo, The Associated Press told reporters to avoid referring to the situation at the southern border …
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Ex-National Enquirer Editor Dylan Howard, who left AMI in 2020 after “catch and kill” scandals, says his new company, Empire Media, has acquired 12 media brands  —  Fresh off his acquisition of Radar Online, controversial editor-turned-CEO Dylan Howard is gambling that he can introduce …
Steven Waldman / Inside Philanthropy:
Local outlets can make donations a persistent, ongoing revenue stream, alongside subscriptions and advertising, as Report for America host newsrooms have shown  —  Across philanthropy there's a growing recognition that local journalism has an important role to play in strengthening our communities …
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
Study: in 2019, 95% of TV sports coverage focused on men's sports; verbal descriptions of women's sports are bland, while, for men's sports, words are colorful  —  In a paper summarizing 30 years of sports coverage on televised news and highlights shows, researchers began by quoting …
Dan Kennedy / Media Nation:
Dozens of journalists at STAT join the Boston Newspaper Guild, which represents Boston Globe employees  —  Some pretty big news from the Boston Newspaper Guild: “Dozens” of journalists at Stat, the health- and life-sciences digital news organization that's part of Boston Globe Media Partners, are becoming part of the union.
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Substack Blog:
Substack offers further clarity on its content moderation guidelines, detailing its stance on harassment, doxxing, hate, and more
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
The Kevin Roose column in NYT that was auctioned as an NFT has sold for around $560,000, with proceeds going to NYT's Neediest Cases Fund
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Miles Parks / NPR:
Misleading articles linking vaccines and death are among the most popular vaccine stories online as multiple outlets write about the same small number of deaths
Calvin Reid / Publishers Weekly:
A look at BookClub, a subscription-based, virtual book club for author-led book discussions, which is launching in the spring
Discussion: Variety
Mel / @wearemel:
[Thread] Mel, the men's magazine backed by Unilever's Dollar Shave Club, is stopping publishing, ending its ties with Dollar Shave Club, and seeking a new owner