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8:50 AM ET, April 2, 2021


 Top News: 
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
A look at TV news' push into streaming, which has created opportunities for young anchors, bypasses Nielsen ratings pressure, and has space for in-depth content  —  TV streaming wars have erupted in Hollywood and are wreaking havoc on Madison Avenue.  They are even making a splash in places like Gainesville, Ga.
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”
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Staff say Patrick Soon-Shiong's daughter Nika has become a welcome liaison between LAT and the owner and active with the editorial board, though lacking a title
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  —  Staffers say they're still worried about the magazine's future.  —  Last week, staffers at The New Republic had their first meeting …
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.
Financial Times:
Sources: Snap has explored how it could track iOS users with data from third-party companies, which would be a violation of Apple's new privacy rules  —  Owner of Snapchat has explored how to track users with data from third party companies  —  Snap has explored how it can circumvent …
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
A look at Alamo Drafthouse's plans for when it emerges from bankruptcy and movie theaters reopen  —  Alamo Drafthouse was riding high.  —  The Austin, Texas-based theater chain had managed the difficult feat of expanding its footprint nationally, popping up in major metropolises such as New York …
Discussion: @variety
John Skipper and Dan Le Batard's new media company, Meadowlark, raises $12.6M Series A from DraftKings, DAZN, and others  —  Meadowlark, the new media company founded by ESPN veterans John Skipper and Dan Le Batard, has raised $12.6 million from an investor group that includes DraftKings …
Discussion: Insider and Hollywood Reporter
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  —  Nearly 140 documentary filmmakers have signed onto a letter given to PBS executives, suggesting the service may provide an unfair level …
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 More News: 
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
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Mention of a Bloomberg writer in an insider trading indictment points to the uneasy interplay between Wall Street reporters and sources with financial motives
 Earlier Picks: 
Paul Takahashi / Houston Chronicle:
Houston Chronicle's executive editor, Steve Riley, is retiring after taking the helm of the newspaper in May 2019; he will step down once a successor is found
PEN America:
Social media companies should make changes like creating a dashboard that filters abusive content and an SOS button to help journalists facing online abuse
Sylvia Varnham O'Regan / The Information:
Gupta Media: Facebook ad prices, measured in cost per thousand impressions, rebounded from a $1 monthly average last spring to almost $5 in November
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Facebook says a now-removed interview with Trump posted by daughter-in-law Lara Trump falls under its ban as it spoke “in the voice of President Trump”
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
Netflix is paying $450M for the rights to Knives Out 2 and Knives Out 3, the follow-ups to the 2019 mystery with director Rian Johnson and star Daniel Craig