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8:15 AM ET, April 20, 2021


 Top News: 
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 …
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.
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 that OANN aired  —  A recent OAN segment said there were “serious doubts about who's actually president,” and another blamed “anti-Trump extremists” for the Capitol attack.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Study of 8K+ SCOTUS references to the news media in justices' opinions since 1784 finds a “marked...uptick in negative depictions of the press” in recent years  —  A comprehensive look at references to the press in justices' opinions revealed “a marked and previously undocumented uptick in negative depictions.”
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.
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 …
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.
James Harkin / Harper's:
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
The Village Voice returned to print in a new issue on Saturday; Brian Calle plans a print issue about four times a year, with the end goal of publishing monthly  —  Its first print incarnation since 2017 includes an article on New York's mayoral race, and another that revives the paper's tradition of shaming landlords.
Andrew Blustein / Adweek:
The Trade Desk, Magnite, and Innovid have partnered to programmatically buy, create, and serve interactive CTV ads  —  The Trade Desk, Magnite and Innovid have teamed up to form a one-stop shop to programmatically buy, create and serve interactive CTV ads to specific households.
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iHeartMedia partners with NFL on a podcast network to launch new podcasts and distribute those currently produced by the league's media division
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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: 
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
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
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
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