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9:05 PM ET, April 13, 2021

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Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: CBS News President Susan Zirinsky is nearing a deal to step down from the role and sign a wide-ranging production partnership with ViacomCBS  —  Longtime CBS News producer expected to sign production partnership with parent ViacomCBS  —  CBS News President Susan Zirinsky is nearing …
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Over 650 tech workers at the NYT announce they have formed a union to be represented by the NewsGuild of New York and are seeking union recognition from the NYT  —  Tech workers at The New York Times announced on Tuesday that they had formed a union and would ask the company to recognize it.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Air Mail, former Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter's media venture, expects to employ 40 people by year's end, up from 30 now, and has added an e-commerce shop  —  Former Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter's new media venture, Air Mail, expects to employ 40 people by year's end …
Oversight Board:
Facebook Oversight Board will now accept appeals to remove content from Facebook and Instagram; previously, users were only able to appeal to restore content  —  From today, users will be able to appeal content to the Oversight Board which they want removed from Facebook and Instagram.
Paul Resnikoff / Digital Music News:
Spotify has now removed 42 episodes of The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, offering no explanations for the removals  —  Spotify is continuing to remove episodes of The Joe Rogan Experience as part of their $100 million exclusive relationship, with more nixed shows discovered this week.
Helen Davidson / The Guardian:
Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai writes to his Apple Daily staff ahead of his sentencing for participating in a protest: “Freedom of speech is a dangerous job”  —  Media mogul writes from prison that ‘freedom of speech is a dangerous job’ but journalists must uphold justice
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Spotify announces Car Thing, a Spotify-only, voice-controlled device for the car, launching today for free for select US users  —  It's free, but users have to pay for shipping  —  Spotify's first gadget has landed.  Car Thing, a Spotify-only, voice-controlled device for the car …
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
A look at the damage already done to Tribune's nine metro papers: since Alden acquired a 32% share, NewsGuild says staff fell 30.4% in one year  —  Employees and local readers are concerned that Alden would make deep cuts to Tribune if it bought the company.  But it seems that's already happening.
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Unlike national and international outlets, some local Minnesota news outlets were not let in to a police press conference after the shooting of Daunte Wright  —  Reporters from multiple local organizations were denied entry to a news conference on Monday about the shooting of Daunte Wright …
Sahil Patel / Wall Street Journal:
Contextual adtech company GumGum raises $75M, sources say at a ~$700M valuation, almost tripling from last funding round, as Google and Apple limit targeted ads  —  The adtech company focuses on contextual advertising, as opposed to ads that target people based on identifiable information
 
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Arianne Cohen / Fast Company:
Live Nation is outfitting 60+ venues for livestreaming, using Veeps, a service launched by Good Charlotte's Benji and Joel Madden, bought by Live Nation in Jan.
Hong Kong Free Press HKFP:
Epoch Times says its printing presses in Hong Kong were attacked by men wielding sledgehammers, the second such attack since 2019
Sara Fischer / Axios:
DraftKings hires Brian Angiolet as its first chief media officer: sources: he'll lead a team that will evaluate potential media acquisitions and content efforts
Alice Speri / The Intercept:
Campus Reform, a conservative news site for higher education that uses students as reporters, has targeted professors, leading to harassment, doxxing, and more
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Casey Newton / Platformer:
Casey Newton, 7 other writers covering tech, media, and culture to launch Sidechannel, a “virtual newsroom” on Discord open to subscribers of their publications
Reuters:
Reuters News names Alessandra Galloni as its next EIC, starting April 19; she will be the first woman to lead the news agency
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
In a letter, Lachlan Murdoch dismisses ADL complaint and claims a review of Tucker Carlson's comments found Carlson “decried and rejected replacement theory”