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9:20 PM ET, April 18, 2021

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Tony Webster / Minnesota Reformer:
Minnesota federal judge bars Minnesota state law enforcement from using force against journalists or ordering them to disperse while covering protests  —  A Minnesota federal judge has issued a temporary restraining order barring Minnesota state law enforcement from using force against journalists …
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Adrianna Rodriguez / USA Today:
Journalists covering MN protests on Friday say state and local police rounded them up and photographed their faces and IDs before release, despite a court order  —  Journalists covering a protest in a Minneapolis suburb Friday night were forced on their stomachs by law enforcement …
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Sources: Hansjörg Wyss has withdrawn from bidding for Tribune Publishing; Stewart Bainum seeks new financing to pursue the ownership of the newspaper chain  —  Hansjörg Wyss was part of a serious offer for the major newspaper chain that could have prevented it from being sold to the hedge fund Alden Global Capital.
Jeff Benson / Decrypt:
An NFT combining Edward Snowden's image and pages of a court ruling on surveillance sold for $5.45M in Ethereum; proceeds go to Freedom of the Press Foundation  —  An NFT artwork created by Edward Snowden has sold for $5.4 million in Ethereum.  —  “Stay Free” portrays the NSA whistleblower …
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Charlotte Klein / Vanity Fair:
AP will soon begin auctioning off NFT-backed digital art files based on iconic photos and event coverage; Time magazine is exploring more blockchain integration
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.
Mattie Kahn / Glamour:
Profile of Dana Bash, who has had a slow rise at CNN over almost three decades, from a job logging tape at 22 to current co-host of the State of the Union show  —  The new coanchor of CNN's State of the Union was never slated for overnight success.  She's fine with that.
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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
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Ad revenue in Q1 was up strikingly over the same time in 2020 for some publishers, including Bloomberg Media, Insider, Vice, Bustle Digital Group, and Axios  —  Subscriptions may be the rage, but businesses of all sorts are pouring money into advertising — digital most of all.
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
Washington newsrooms should have fewer political reporters, and editors should let subject-matter beat reporters take the lead on most major stories of the day  —  When I founded my Press Watch website a year and a half ago, my goal was to improve political journalism.
Rick Thames / Business North Carolina:
Profile of Rolfe Neill, Charlotte Observer publisher from 1975 to 1997, reflecting on when the paper had 260 journalists and on the future with a smaller staff  —  As newspapers' influence crested, publisher Rolfe Neill played a pivotal role in Charlotte's emergence.
 
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Kristin Robinson / Variety:
As Spotify turns 15, a look at the ways in which it changed how people listen to music, like breaking down boundaries between genres through “mood playlists”
Kia Kokalitcheva / Axios:
Crypto-focused media startup The Block says it has bought out all non-employee shareholders as it wants “to be disentangled” from VCs to cover them without bias
Annie Linskey / Washington Post:
White House is offering a weekly “virtual” slot in the briefing room to regional reporters and has begun monthly briefings for regional outlets
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Firefox and major Chromium browsers like Edge, Opera, Brave, and Vivaldi are not joining FLoC, Google's proposed ad technology to replace third-party cookies
Adweek:
Google adds brand safety feature intended for small advertising teams to create dynamic exclusion lists that automatically add new web pages and domains
 Earlier Picks: 
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
Michael Grothaus / Fast Company:
Simon & Schuster says it won't distribute the book written by one of the police officers who shot Breonna Taylor; Post Hill Press says it will still publish it
Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism:
A look at the rise of independent media in Afghanistan, mostly owned and led by young people, under the threat of constant violence and a return to darker times