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11:25 AM ET, April 6, 2021


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Washington Post:
How a campaign by reporters in Baltimore inspired a national effort to keep nearly a dozen Tribune newspapers from being bought by Alden Global Capital  —  Last year, as a group of Baltimore Sun reporters embarked on long-shot endeavor to find a new owner that could save their paper …
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Tribune says it has begun discussions about a sale to Bainum and Wyss' company Newslight, but won't terminate the Alden merger agreement for now  —  Two months after agreeing to sell itself to Alden Global Capital, a New York hedge fund, the company behind The Chicago Tribune and The Baltimore Sun may shift course.
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
Shawna Chen / Axios:
SCOTUS vacates a lower court ruling that Trump's Twitter blocks violate the First Amendment  —  The Supreme Court vacated a lower court ruling that found former President Trump violated the First Amendment by blocking followers on Twitter, ordering the case to be dismissed as moot now that he is no longer in office.
Alexandra Bruell / Wall Street Journal:
eMarketer says that Amazon's share of the US digital ad market grew to 10.3% in 2020 from 7.8% in 2019 and estimates that revenue grew to $15.73B, up 52.5% YoY  —  Company chips away at market leader Google as its search ad business continues to grow  —  Amazon. com Inc.'s share …
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Meredith Conroy / FiveThirtyEight:
How distrust of the news media became a point of political identity among Republicans and a basis for Americans to sort themselves into political tribes  —  There's little question that the media is one of the least trusted institutions in Republican circles.
Brandy Zadrozny / NBC News:
A look at The News Alerts of Beaver County, a 43,000-member Facebook Group in PA that fills the local news void but often hosts exaggerations and falsehoods  —  The day after Thanksgiving 2019, residents of Chippewa Township, Pennsylvania, watched from their windows as state …
KC Ifeanyi / Fast Company:
Inside BritBox's US strategy: embracing the true crime genre, creating ancillary content for legacy shows, and introducing new audiences to British comedy  —  You love British TV—even if you don't know it.  —  For decades, British programming has enjoyed massive success in the United States …
Taylor Moore / Columbia Journalism Review:
A look at Empowerment Avenue, a program started in June 2020 to let incarcerated writers report on issues inside jails by pairing them with journalists outside  —  “We want to expose readers in every kind of publication to the incarcerated viewpoint.”  —  Rahsaan “New York” …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
As the pandemic drags on, new shows are harder to come by for streaming services; report: the number of originals Netflix released so far in '21 is down 12% YoY  —  Streaming Services Have Finally Run Out of New Shows.  Kind of.  —  Every couple weeks during the pandemic …
Tim Peterson / Digiday:
Sources: Roku has been pitching ad agencies to sponsor Roku Recommends, 5-7 minute videos promoting programming available across its connected TV platform  —  Roku is preparing to debut a new promotional product that has not only piqued advertisers' interest but will also likely please streaming services.
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK's Telegraph is creating 60 jobs in the first half of 2021 as it surpasses 600K subscribers and aims for 1M subscribers by 2023  —  The Telegraph is investing millions of pounds in its newsroom, creating 60 jobs in the first half of 2021.  —  The investment comes after The Telegraph's …
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