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11:10 AM ET, March 27, 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 …
Hemal Jhaveri / Medium:
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Jabari Young / CNBC:
How Canada-based sports gaming and media company theScore, valued at $1B, is trying to expand its US reach through its sports news and betting apps  —  - Canada-based gaming and media company theScore is worth $1 billion and wants to gain market share in U.S. online sports betting.
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Reggie Ugwu / New York Times:
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Dan Kennedy / Media Nation:
Dozens of journalists at STAT join the Boston Newspaper Guild, which represents Boston Globe employees
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