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12:00 AM ET, March 27, 2021

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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 …
Hemal Jhaveri / Medium:
Laura Wagner / Defector:
Sources: Michael Tomasky, The New Republic's new editor, told staffers he wants to shift the magazine's focus to politician interviews and process reporting  —  In a meeting with staffers yesterday, the newly announced editor of The New Republic, current Daily Beast columnist Michael Tomasky, laid out his vision for the magazine.
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 reporter and a Spectrum News reporter were briefly detained while covering unrest in LA; police said reporters were subject to dispersal orders  —  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.
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Unions at The New Yorker, Pitchfork, and Ars Technica say members authorized a strike if talks with Condé Nast over collective bargaining deals keep devolving  —  Union workers at The New Yorker, Pitchfork and Ars Technica said Friday they had voted to authorize a strike as tensions …
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 …
Mikey O'Connell / Hollywood Reporter:
CBS says Sharon Osbourne has decided to exit The Talk, after it found her behavior while defending Piers Morgan in the March 10 show not aligned with its values  —  After the longtime panelist offered a controversial defense of friend Piers Morgan, past colleagues came out with more accusations of racist language and behavior.
Insider:
YouTube has temporarily suspended monetization for three channels operated by David Dobrik following a rape allegation against a former Vlog Squad member  —  - YouTube is temporarily blocking David Dobrik and Durte Dom from making money off ads.  — The company said it demonetized …
@dlberes:
[Thread] OneZero's EIC Damon Beres says that he is one of several Medium staffers accepting buyouts and will step down on April 7, noting “OneZero is not dead”  —  I have some news to share: I've accepted the buyout offer from Medium and will be stepping down on April 7. Running OneZero has been the greatest joy and privilege of my professional life. But it's time to move on, as the company follows a new path forward.
 
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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
Reggie Ugwu / New York Times:
Google's hands-off moderation of its Podcasts app means it has dozens of podcasts by white supremacists that aren't on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher
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Dan Kennedy / Media Nation:
Dozens of journalists at STAT join the Boston Newspaper Guild, which represents Boston Globe employees
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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
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