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3:55 PM ET, April 19, 2021

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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Zuckerberg says Facebook is planning a short-form audio product called Soundbites, a podcast discovery tool, and more audio products for the next 3 to 6 months  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Monday said Facebook was launching a suite of new tools and features designed to help users better connect …
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Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Zuckerberg says Facebook is working with Spotify on a music integration project codenamed Project Boombox  —  - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Monday announced that the company is building audio features where users can engage in real-time conversations with others.
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 …
Rachel Abrams / New York Times:
OANN fires Marty Golingan, a producer at the channel since 2016, after he said a majority of its staff don't believe the voter fraud claims being run on the air  —  A recent OAN segment said there were “serious doubts about who's actually president,” and another blamed “anti-Trump extremists” for the Capitol attack.
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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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
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
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 …
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.
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Source: Stewart Bainum Jr. has already begun speaking with other potential investors and hopes to submit a new offer for Tribune within a week to 10 days  —  Hotel magnate Stewart Bainum Jr.'s effort to buy Tribune Publishing suffered a major setback over the weekend when his partner pull out of the deal.
Discussion: @poynter
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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
Dan Froomkin / Washington Monthly:
Facebook's multimillion dollar payoffs to big outlets like NYT through Facebook News undermine industry-wide efforts to help smaller, local newsrooms  —  Under the cover of launching a little-known feature, the social media giant has been funneling money to America's biggest news organizations …
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.”
 
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James Harkin / Harper's:
A look at Rukmini Callimachi's reporting, as three Middle East reporters for NYT say they raised concerns about her methods as far back as 2014 but were ignored
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
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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
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