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8:20 PM ET, April 27, 2021


 Top News: 
Laura Italiano / @italiano_laura:
Sara Fischer / Axios:
NPR plans to launch a podcast subscription service that will let listeners directly support their favorite podcasts and get sponsorship-free versions thereof  —  Podcasts have historically been open and freely distributed, but new subscription offerings for podcasts from Apple and Spotify aim to challenge that status quo.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify launches paid podcast subscriptions for creators in the US, at no cost to creators for two years and a 5% fee starting in spring 2023  —  Spotify today is officially rolling out paid podcast subscriptions, after first unveiling its new subscription platform at the company's “Stream On” event in February.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook rolls out a miniplayer that will allow Facebook users to stream music and podcasts from Spotify through the Facebook app on iOS or Android
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
Journalists in India are dealing with life-threatening assignments amid a COVID-19 surge as they also face eroding freedoms for the press  —  More than a year into the global pandemic, the coronavirus has exploded across India.  The spread has been fueled, in part, by possible new variants …
Angela Fu / Poynter:
NewsGuild study of 14 unionized Gannett newsrooms finds ~$10K median wage gap between men and women and a ~$5K wage gap between POC journalists and white ones  —  The median salary for women of color was $15,727 less than the median salary for white men.  —  The median salaries of women …
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Meadowlark Media, led by ESPN vets Dan Le Batard and John Skipper, signs a distribution deal with DraftKings, one of its investors; sources: deal's worth $50M+  —  Digital sports entertainment and gaming company pushes further into media realm with $50 million deal
Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
YouTube ad revenue topped $6B in Q1, up 50% from the same quarter a year ago  —  That is up from $4 billion in the same quarter of last year, a 50 percent year-over-year growth rate.  —  YouTube continues to grow at a torrid pace, with any sign of pandemic slowdown seemingly behind it.
New York Times:
Norton takes its Philip Roth biography out of print as the author faces claims of sexual assault; Norton also vows to donate to support sex assault survivors  —  The publisher also said it would make a donation to sexual abuse organizations equal to the advance it paid Blake Bailey, the author accused of sexual assault.
Michael J. Socolow / Reason:
A history of NYT's “op-eds”, born in 1970 to highlight voices outside of the newspaper, and why NYT occasionally publishes offensive and even vile essays  —  When you're a kid, you love the comics.  A few years later, you read the sports or the style section first.
Kathleen Kingsbury / New York Times:
NYT says it is retiring the term “Op-Ed”; editorials will still be called editorials, but articles written by outside writers will be called “Guest Essays”
Allegra Hobbs / Study Hall:
Journalists reflect on the heavy responsibility of writing obituaries now, when some deaths are inevitably connected to the larger news story of the pandemic  —  Maureen O'Donnell, obituary writer for the Chicago Sun-Times of roughly a decade, is giving me a rundown of some of her memorable work when …
Discussion: @carolynryan
Patience Haggin / Wall Street Journal:
With iPhone's privacy changes, advertisers will get more ad-performance data for ads bought through Apple than via third parties, giving its ad business an edge  —  Under the iPhone maker's new rules, advertisers will get more ad-performance data for ads bought through Apple than through third parties
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Apple rolls out iOS and iPadOS 14.5 with App Tracking Transparency, which requires apps to get permission to track user activity on other apps for ad purposes
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Elian Peltier / New York Times:
Two Spanish journalists have been killed in Burkina Faso while filming an anti-poaching documentary; a third journalist may have been abducted and killed too
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
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Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
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 Earlier Picks: 
John Ourand / Sports Business Journal:
Turner Sports picked up NHL's second TV package as part of a deal worth up to $225M per year, after NBC pulled out of the bidding
Jack Brewster / Forbes:
Fox News apologizes for airing a graphic that baselessly suggested President Biden wanted to force Americans to eat less meat as part of his climate plan
Mónica Marie Zorrilla / Variety:
Early Nielsen numbers show 2021 Oscars drew 9.85M viewers, a drop of 58.3% from last year
Reggie Ugwu / New York Times:
SiriusXM acquires 99% Invisible, producer of the highly successful podcast by the same name with 500M+ downloads, to become a “foundational” part of Stitcher