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11:50 AM ET, April 10, 2021

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Edmund Lee / New York Times:
Inside a power struggle at WSJ between editor Matt Murray and publisher Almar Latour over how the paper should remake itself to attract new digital readers  —  A special team led by a high-level manager says Rupert Murdoch's paper must evolve to survive.  But a rivalry between editor and publisher stands in the way.
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William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Print circulations of WSJ and USA Today fell 19% and 60% respectively from Q1 2020 to Q2/Q3 as hotels closed, accounting for the majority of the decline  —  USA Today lost more than half of its print sales as US newspaper circulations were hit by the Covid-19 crisis last year, Press Gazette research has found.
Discussion: @nbj914 and @ryanvailbrown
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Nielsen says the pandemic shrunk the size of its TV consumer panel, but it defends its viewership data and says streaming's rise doesn't offset linear TV's fall  —  The media industry's go-to authority for measuring audiences acknowledged on Friday that the recent coronavirus pandemic bent its yardstick …
Dylan Byers / NBC News:
Sources: Kimberly Godwin, executive vice president of CBS News, is in final negotiations with Disney to become head of ABC News  —  Disney has found the next president of ABC News.  —  Kimberly Godwin, the executive vice president of CBS News, is in the final stages of negotiations with Disney …
Christopher Cadelago / Politico:
How a gamer calling themselves Kacey Montagu posed as a reporter for fictitious White House News and managed to fool journalists and the Biden administration  —  ‘Kacey Montagu’ posed as a reporter for the fictitious WHN and managed to fool real correspondents — and even the new Biden administration.
Brian Stelter / CNN:
The Markup:
YouTube blocks advertisers from using terms like “Black Lives Matter” to find videos to advertise against but was letting them use phrases like “White power”  —  “Black power” and “Black Lives Matter” can't be used to find videos for ads, but “White power” and “White lives matter” were just fine
Kathimerini:
Greek veteran crime reporter Giorgos Karaivaz was shot and killed near Athens in what appears to have been a planned ambush  —  A television reporter was gunned down outside his home in the southern Athens suburb of Alimos on Friday.  —  According to preliminary reports, Giorgos Karaivaz …
Richard J. Tofel / Second Rough Draft:
The potential rescuers of individual Tribune newspapers should stop printing the papers and go all digital, right away, to cut major costs of standalone outlets  —  Among the very bad things that have happened to local newspapers over the last 16 years, likely the worst has been the slide of so many into the hands of hedge funds.
Alan C. Miller / Poynter:
An interview with Emily Ramshaw, co-founder and CEO of The 19th, after the outlet's first year: it has ~10K subscribers and a 2021 budget 50% higher than 2020's  —  The news outlet, devoted to covering politics and policy through a gender lens, launched in the pandemic and has rocketed onto the national stage.
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Bainum had a side arrangement with Alden CEO Heath Freeman to buy Baltimore Sun, but made his own Tribune bid after suspecting Alden changed terms  —  New York hedge fund was on verge of expanding its newspaper empire when Maryland hotel magnate Stewart Bainum turned the tables
Discussion: Poynter
Johnny Diaz / New York Times:
A look at Telemundo's Club Mundo Kids, a new Spanish-language show for kids that comes amid a wider push to reach Latino audiences  —  “Club Mundo Kids,” a new TV series debuting on April 10, is the latest result of a push for programming that uses Spanish to reach Latino audiences.
 
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Timothy Garton Ash / The Guardian:
A look at anti-press policies in Poland, including a proposal targeting foreign media owners, ending public sector advertising in independent media, and more
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Jack Crosbie / Discourse Blog:
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Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
Bustle Digital Group is launching an integrated shopping feature, allowing readers to buy products mentioned in an article without leaving the page
Discussion: Adweek
Tony Rifilato / AdExchanger:
Twitter says it will integrate Nielsen Media Impact and Nielsen Ad Intel tools into its Twitter Amplify video ad platform
Discussion: FierceVideo and Media Play News
Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
Sean Combs, Byron Allen, and others call on companies to spend more ad money on Black-owned media after GM said it would increase spending from 2% to 8% by 2025
Nicole Sperling / New York Times:
Sony Pictures Entertainment signs four-year deal with Netflix to grant exclusive US rights to its films once out of theaters and make 2-3 films/year for Netflix