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2:50 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.
Hemal Jhaveri / Medium:
[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.
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 …
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 …
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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
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
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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
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
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