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2:30 PM ET, May 4, 2021


 Top News: 
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Twitter buys Scroll, the $5/month service that removes ads from partner news sites; Scroll's Nuzzel email service will shut down on May 6  —  The Nuzzel email service is winding down and the future of Scroll is uncertain  —  Twitter's acquisition spree continues today with Scroll …
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 …
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
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.
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Yamiche Alcindor, the White House correspondent for PBS NewsHour and once a frequent target of Trump's ire, will become host of the PBS show Washington Week  —  She succeeds Robert Costa at a program best known as the longtime home of the anchor Gwen Ifill.
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: @efs120 and @great_katzby
Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
NPR podcasts are helping diversify its audience in terms of race and of age, generating the largest chunk of corporate sponsorship, and enabling experimentation  —  A cabdriver in Tehran helped Ramtin Arablouei crystallize the idea.  —  “People in the West, they don't remember anything,” …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Political news startup Recount Media raises $18M Series B; it now has 40+ staff and plans to use the money for newsletters, events, and coverage beyond politics  —  Recount Media, the two-year-old startup founded by veteran journalists John Battelle and John Heilemann, has raised $18 million …
Discussion: @therecount and @jeffjarvis
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
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 …
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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
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
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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
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
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”