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9:15 AM ET, April 5, 2021


 Top News: 
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Stewart Bainum and Hansjörg Wyss say they can personally contribute $600M+ total toward their $680M bid, up from $200M, as Alden's bid loses favor  —  Tribune likely to deem new bid superior to agreement with Alden, according to sources  —  A Maryland hotel magnate …
Orlando Sentinel:
Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
How Condé Nast's rushed push for diversity, alongside Anna Wintour's hazy understanding of Teen Vogue, left its staff blindsided after the McCammond hiring mess  —  From the start, Alexi McCammond seemed an unlikely candidate to become a top boss within the storied Vogue empire — at least on paper.
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Profile of Viet Dinh, Fox's chief legal officer, who has been seen internally as the company's power center since before Lachlan Murdoch moved to Australia  —  Even before the company's C.E.O., Lachlan Murdoch, moved to Australia, Viet Dinh was seen as Fox's power center.
The Princetonian:
EICs of all eight Ivy League papers are women for the first time: they discuss what this milestone means, priorities moving forward, and more  —  For the first time, women hold the highest editorial positions at all eight Ivy League papers.  —  The path to leadership …
New York Times:
Profile of Bill Hwang, who led Archegos Capital Management to being the top shareholder in ViacomCBS, behind ~$20B in shares before the price halved in a week  —  Banks were eager to do business with Bill Hwang and his Archegos Capital Management — until he ran out of money.
Josh Marshall / The Atlantic:
Many digital news outlets are just not financially viable, and those that sought scale lost to platforms; survivors nurture durable ties to specific customers  —  On March 9, management at HuffPost notified 47 employees that they were being laid off as part of a cost-cutting effort following …
Faith Blackinton / CNBC:
Recent major song catalog acquisitions, like Paul Simon's and Bob Dylan's, are fueled by low interest rates, rise of streaming, and estate planning by artists  —  - Baby Boomer rock icons Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks and Neil Young have sold all or portions of song catalogs in recent deals.
Claire Stern / InStyle:
Profile of Kaitlan Collins, chief White House correspondent for CNN, on her “apolitical” upbringing, being banned from a Trump press event in 2018, and more  —  Her news-making MO?  “Making sure you're being fair, making sure you're reaching to people, and making sure you're right.”
The Guardian:
Sicilian prosecutors looking into human trafficking wiretapped Italian journalists covering the Mediterranean migrant crisis and allegedly exposed their sources  —  Conversations recorded ahead of cases in which rescuers from charities charged with collaboration with people smugglers
Tatiana Cirisano / Billboard:
Profile of Bandcamp, profitable since 2012 without ads or major investors, which has paid out $196.3M to artists since March 2020, often foregoing its fees  —  Without advertisers or major investors, Bandcamp turned a profit helping musicians at all levels make a living.
Om Malik / On my Om:
Unsplash, a startup that hosts freely usable images and was designed to upend behemoths like Getty Images, sells to Getty Images  —  Knowing of my growing distaste for the Facebookization of Instagram, Evgeny Tchebotarev, the co-founder of 500px, sent me an email about a new project from Crew, a freelancer-focused design company.
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David Agren / The Guardian:
An argument over press freedom erupted in Mexico after its president attacked a US human rights report that highlighted Mexico's failure to protect journalists
Matt Grossman / Wall Street Journal:
HYBE, which manages K-pop's BTS, is buying Ithaca Holdings, the company behind artists and labels including Justin Bieber and Big Machine Label, for $1B+
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
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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
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