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8:35 AM ET, May 4, 2021


 Top News: 
Emma Graham-Harrison / The Guardian:
UNESCO report details the epidemic of online abuse against female journalists worldwide and how it is affecting their reporting and personal lives  —  Misogyny, bigotry and threats ‘cut public trust in critical media’, warns report after major investigation
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter opens Spaces, its live audio feature, to anyone with 600+ followers and will allow creators to co-host and sell tickets to live events on Spaces  —  Twitter Spaces, the company's new live audio rooms feature, is opening up more broadly.  The company announced today it's making Twitter …
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Upstart digital news site The Colorado Sun says it acquired 24 suburban newspapers around Denver, with the backing of the National Trust for Local News  —  group of disheartened former Denver Post editors and reporters launched an upstart news site two-and-a-half years ago, called it The Colorado Sun …
Max Tani / @maxwelltani:
Internal WaPo memo outlines the “festivals and parades” that staff are permitted to participate in, but prohibits displaying support for DC statehood  —  Memo from Washington Post managing editors to employees today outlining the “festivals and parades” staff are permitted to participate in, as well as the events they are prohibited from participating in.
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
The Los Angeles Times names Kevin Merida as its executive editor; Merida has previously been the EIC of ESPN's Undefeated  —  The Los Angeles Times has named veteran journalist Kevin Merida as its top editor and tasked him with transforming the storied 139-year-old newspaper into a digital powerhouse that thrives for decades to come.
Dominic Patten / Deadline:
HFPA pledges new reforms, including raising membership by 50% over next 18 months with a focus on underrepresented groups and hiring a chief diversity officer  —  Aiming to beat a self-imposed reform deadline and a Tinseltown firestorm, the board of the besieged Hollywood Foreign Press Association …
Kalina Newman / Washington Post:
A look at some TikTok creators, unaffiliated with any traditional media outlet, who are aggregating news, and delivering it to their mostly young followers  —  On the evening of Election Day 2020, Marcus DiPaola kept hearing the same thing: People were turning off cable news because results were coming in slowly.
Washington Post:
WaPo integrates with text-to-speech service Amazon Polly, making audio articles available across platforms, after launching them on its iOS, Android apps  —  The Washington Post today announced it has integrated Amazon Polly, giving readers the ability to listen to Post technology stories across platforms.
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
Q&A with WarnerMedia's DTC chief Andy Forssell, on how HBO Max evolved in its first year, its upcoming ad-supported tier, and international expansion  —  EXCLUSIVE: Even in a business well-acquainted with comebacks, HBO Max has become a fairly remarkable turnaround story.
Discussion: Observer, @great_katzby and @efs120
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Sports betting media company Action Network, which has raised $20M and had ~$15M in 2020 revenue, to be sold to Denmark-based rival Better Collective for $240M  —  Denmark-based Better Collective to buy U.S. betting-analytics firm for $240 million, seeking more scale in dealings with gambling operators
Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
Amazon strikes deal for exclusive rights to Thursday Night Football starting in 2022, one year earlier than first planned, buying out games set to air on Fox  —  Fox will drop ‘Thursday Night Football’ starting in 2022, with the tech giant set to take over exclusive video rights.
Chris Young / The Reporters Committee …:
RCFP's 2020 US Press Freedom report: police were responsible for 80% of assaults at protests, affecting 324 reporters, with 195+ seemingly deliberately targeted  —  The fourth annual report reveals the startling extent of police violence against journalists during a year of protest.
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Megan Graham / CNBC:
Amazon says its ad-supported streaming video content now reaches more than 120M users every month, up from 20M in January 2020, driven by Twitch
Discussion: Beet.TV and Variety
Leyland Cecco / The Guardian:
Overstory Media, which operates newsletter-based journalism outlets in Canada, announces plans to hire 250 journalists and launch 50 local news outlets by 2023
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Grammys governing body voted on Friday to drop anonymous nominating committees, after backlash; The Weeknd applauds the change but will not lift his boycott
James Hale / Tubefilter:
YouTube says it will begin withholding US federal income tax from all creator revenue generated by US-based viewers, due to changes to US Internal Revenue Code
Megan Graham / CNBC:
Roku's ad sales boss Alison Levin on how the company steered through the pandemic, seeing mass cancellations at first but then rebounding with a record quarter
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Dade Hayes / Deadline:
Fox's free streaming service Tubi says it will launch 140 hours of original programming in the fall, and its total view time in Q1 grew by 54% YoY
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Gray Television says it will acquire Meredith's 17 local TV stations for $2.7B in cash; Meredith's National Media Group will be spun out as a standalone company
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
As big Sunday news shows continue to invite Republicans who tried to overturn the election, some local outlets regularly remind their audience during news items
Steve Kovach / CNBC:
Verizon says it will sell Yahoo and AOL to PE firm Apollo Global Management for $5B, keeping a 10% stake in the company, which will be rebranded as just “Yahoo”
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Twitter to launch ad campaign to promote local journalism, starting with 28 full-page ads in local papers across the Gannett/USA Today and McClatchy networks