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3:10 PM ET, April 2, 2021


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Orlando Sentinel:
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Study: political polarization slowed in Palm Springs, CA, in July 2019 when the local paper, The Desert Sun, covered only local issues in its opinion section  —  Shifting the focus of a newspaper's opinion section from national (Trump!  Pelosi! distant, scary!) to local (schools! development! …
Tom McKay / Gizmodo:
WaPo published a piece revealing an anti-QAnon researcher's real name, when it learned he was writing for them under a pseudonym for safety, contrary to policy  —  One of the hosts of the anti-conspiracy theory podcast QAnon Anonymous is no longer so anonymous.
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Voice artists are experiencing a surge in demand as Netflix and other streamers offer a broad range of programming from around the world in local languages  —  Wendel Bezerra, a voiceover artist in Sao Paulo, attained modest fame when he became the Portuguese-language voice of SpongeBob SquarePants a couple of decades ago.
Alexandra Bruell / Wall Street Journal:
How Bacardi, Clorox, and Cadillac are preparing for the loss of third-party cookies, including investing in first-party data and changing their ad tech partners  —  Bacardi, Clorox and Cadillac are among the marketers preparing for new Google restrictions that will include the blocking of third-party cookies
Discussion: @mkraidy and Ad Age
Neda Ulaby / NPR:
TRG Arts' analysis of box office sales: US dropped 86.1% from March 2020 to March 2021, UK dropped 89.3%, and Canada dropped 90.3%  —  Economic fallout due to the pandemic has been “catastrophic” for the performing arts, according to new data from the industry consulting group TRG Arts.
Discussion: @npr
Financial Times:
Snap confirms it was testing probabilistic matching to track iOS users for a few months, but will discontinue the program after Apple rolls out tracking changes  —  Owner of Snapchat has explored how to track users with data from third party companies  —  Snap has explored how it can circumvent …
Richard C. Paddock / New York Times:
Since Myanmar's coup Feb. 1, 56+ journalists have been arrested, communications have been blocked, and citizen journalists have stepped in to document protests  —  The security forces have arrested at least 56 reporters, outlawed online news outlets and crippled communications.
Amelia Pollard / American Prospect:
How right-wing nonprofit PragerU, known for viral videos, has pushed content into US schools through its PREP program, used by 6,000 educators  —  The right-wing nonprofit, known for viral videos like ‘The Left Ruins Everything,’ launched a program specifically designed for teachers last fall.
Ashley Cullins / Hollywood Reporter:
SCOTUS upholds FCC's decision to scrap three media ownership restrictions, including a ban on cross-ownership of newspapers, radio stations, and TV stations  —  The decision is a big win for the FCC and reverses a finding from the 3rd Circuit that the agency didn't adequately consider …
Amy Kroin / Free Press:
The Free Press blasts the ruling upholding FCC's abandonment of media ownership restrictions: “This Supreme Court decision couldn't come at a worse time”
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Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
Q&A with ex-Vox EIC Lauren Williams and Akoto Ofori-Atta, who are launching Capital B, a Black-focused national news org with local bureaus, in the fall
Erin Kissane / The COVID Tracking Project:
Managing editor of the COVID Tracking Project details the logistics behind the initiative, the challenges of incomplete data, and being transparent
 Earlier Picks: 
Discourse Blog:
Management at The New Republic backs off plans to force NYC staffers to relocate to Washington, DC, after its union blasted leadership for a lack of notice
Eric Deggans / NPR:
Nearly 140 filmmakers sign a letter to PBS, saying it's failed to support a diversity of voices and its relationship with Ken Burns leaves less room for BIPOC
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Ex-government analyst Daniel Hale, charged with leaking drone warfare info to a reporter apparently at The Intercept, pleads guilty to violating Espionage Act