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12:25 PM ET, April 16, 2021

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The New York Times Company:
NYT's Choire Sicha is stepping down as Styles editor to become a senior editor working on expanding the paper's newsletter portfolio  —  After a great run leading the Styles section, Choire is taking on a new challenge to help expand our newsletter portfolio.  Read more in this note from Dean Baquet, Joe Kahn and Sam Sifton.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
ViacomCBS combines CBS News and local stations in a single unit to be led by former ABC stations chief Wendy McMahon and former Hearst exec Neeraj Khemlani  —  Neeraj Khemlani and Wendy McMahon have been named to lead a new unit that combines CBS News and CBS local stations …
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Reuters is introducing a paywall: after registration and a free preview period, subscriptions will cost $34.99/month; it also plans to launch newsletters  —  Reuters will begin charging for access to its website as it tries to capture a slice of the digital subscription business.
Hamish McKenzie / Substack Blog:
Substack announces Substack Local, a $1M initiative to help up to 30 independent writers build local subscription news outlets via a cash advance, advice, more  —  A panel of independent judges will work with Substack to select up to 30 local news writers to participate in the program.
Michael Grothaus / Fast Company:
Simon & Schuster says it won't distribute the book written by one of the police officers who shot Breonna Taylor last year, to be published by Post Hill Press  —  Publishing giant Simon & Schuster has announced it will not distribute the book written by one of the police officers …
Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
In a letter to artists, Apple says it pays a penny per stream, roughly double Spotify, which pays an average of about one-third to half a penny per stream  —  Music-streaming services, seeking to win credibility and subscribers, open up about artist payouts
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Study: of the five values espoused by journalists, including oversight, transparency, and factuality, only factuality has the support of a majority of Americans  —  Ask almost any group of journalists to name the core values of their profession, and they'll probably deliver a list like this:
Megan Greenwell / @megreenwell:
[Thread] Megan Greenwell, editor of Wired.com and former EIC of Deadspin, announces she is leaving Wired next week, saying she's drained and needs a break  —  Hi, some news: I'm leaving @WIRED next week. Several journalists I admire, most recently @millie and @s_m_i, have been open about leaving their jobs because of burnout. Like them, I am totally drained, and I've realized I cannot do my best work without a break.
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
As news outlets grapple with whether to show the video of Adam Toledo's shooting, Block Club Chicago chose to run one version of the story with and one without  —  Body camera footage showing a Chicago police officer fatally shooting 13-year-old Adam Toledo was released on Thursday.
Mark Stenberg / Adweek:
Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism:
Interview with journalism professor Nikki Usher on the return of partisan news outlets, how big news organizations are increasingly by and for elites, and more  —  In this episode of our podcast, we look at challenges around equity, diversity and sustainability with the help of Nikki Usher
 
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Adweek:
Google adds brand safety feature intended for small advertising teams to create dynamic exclusion lists that automatically add new web pages and domains
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
Twitter permanently suspends James O'Keefe, founder of Project Veritas, for violating rules on platform manipulation and spam
Aye Min Thant / New Naratif:
Clarissa Ward's reporting in Myanmar for CNN endangered those who spoke to her and provided little information that local reporting hadn't already uncovered
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
A look at theguardian.org, The Guardian's US-based philanthropic arm, which raised $9M in the last year and seeks out subject-specific funding
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Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
Amazon says it spent $11B on video and music content in 2020 for Amazon Prime Video and Amazon Music, up from $7.8B in 2019, as Prime passes 200M subscribers
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Pearpop, which has built a marketplace for buying and selling TikTok collaborations among creators, has raised $16M and plans to expand to other social networks
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Disney confirms that Kim Godwin will be the next president of ABC News, taking over the role most recently held by James Goldston
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sources: three media veterans are launching a subscription media company with funding led by 40 North Media and TPG Growth, to bundle journalists and resources
 

 
From Techmeme:

Mariella Moon / Engadget:
X says Likes are now private for everyone, meaning users are no longer be able to see who liked someone else's post

Bloomberg:
Terraform Labs and co-founder Do Kwon agree to pay $4.47B to resolve a US SEC lawsuit, after a jury in April found them liable for fraud following a civil trial

Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Waymo updates the software on its 672 vehicles, after one unoccupied car collided with a telephone pole in Phoenix on May 21, marking Waymo's second recall ever

 
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