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12:45 PM ET, April 19, 2021

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Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Letter to MN's governor from a media group says troopers threw an Asian American CNN producer to the ground, asked if she spoke English, and sent her to jail  —  A CNN producer was reportedly arrested in a shocking, forceful manner last week as Minnesota law enforcement cracked …
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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 …
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:
A majority of 300+ editorial workers at Insider, the news site formerly called Business Insider, say they formed a union with the NewsGuild of New York  —  Journalists at Insider, the news site formerly called Business Insider, said on Monday that they had formed a union, joining a wave that has swept digital media companies.
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Penske Media, publisher of Rolling Stone, Billboard, and Variety, has agreed to acquire a 50% stake in the South by Southwest festival  —  SXSW took a big hit when it was canceled last year because of Covid-19  —  Penske Media Corp., the publisher of magazines like Rolling Stone …
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Ad revenue was up dramatically in Q1 YoY 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.
Tariq Panja / New York Times:
A dozen of the world's richest soccer clubs announce a breakaway European Super League, potentially siphoning off Champions League's billions in TV revenues  —  Real Madrid, Manchester United, Liverpool and Juventus are among the dozen founding members of a league that would upend the sport's structures and economics.
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Alison Herman / The Ringer:
An overview of the intense competition among streaming services over live sports rights, driven by expiring licensing deals, consolidation, and more  —  Sports were initially limited on streaming services due to technological and financial constraints.  But as league licensing deals expire …
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.
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New York Times:
Interview with CBS News' Susan Zirinsky on her time at the network, its efforts on strengthening the newsroom, and frustrations with her role as president  —  In an interview as she prepares to step down as news division head, Susan Zirinsky said, “I feel I have given my entire soul into rebuilding this organization.”
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.
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
HuffPost UK says it is “here to stay” with “a smaller team” after editor-in-chief Jess Brammar and others depart  —  Huffpost has said its UK website is “here to stay” despite culling its news team, which has led to the departure of editor-in-chief Jess Brammar.
 
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Washington Post:
iHeartMedia partners with NFL to launch a podcast network to launch new podcasts and distribute those currently produced by the league's media division
Discussion: Variety and Business Wire
Patrick Frater / Variety:
Chinese streaming service iQIYI is planning to launch in Australia and New Zealand, targeting Chinese and Asian users with free and A$7.99/month tiers
New York Times:
Book sales during the pandemic have lost the serendipitous discovery of stores, boosting established names and existing bestsellers
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
FEC reports show RNC and other party-affiliated orgs spent $1M+ bulk buying books by GOP candidates in last election cycle, boosting titles on bestseller lists
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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”
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