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11:15 AM ET, May 11, 2021


 Top News: 
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Washington Post names Sally Buzbee as its executive editor; Buzbee, who is executive editor of the AP, will be the first woman to lead the news organization  —  The Washington Post has named veteran journalist Sally Buzbee of the Associated Press as its executive editor …
Mike Fleming Jr / Deadline:
NBC says it will not air the 2022 Golden Globes; sources: Tom Cruise returned his three Golden Globes to join the protest against HFPA  —  EXCLUSIVE: Add Tom Cruise to the chorus of outrage against the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.  Deadline hears that the actor today has delivered …
Michael Schneider / Variety:
WarnerMedia joins Netflix and Amazon Studios in refusing to participate in events related to HFPA, saying it regrets tolerating members' behavior  —  WarnerMedia is joining Netflix and Amazon Studios in refusing to participate in any more events related to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association until …
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Teen Vogue names Versha Sharma, a managing editor at NowThis, as its new EIC  —  The last person hired as the top editor of Teen Vogue resigned before her start date.  Now, the wide-ranging Condé Nast online publication is trying again, with the announcement on Monday that Versha Sharma …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
The Appeal staff say the outlet announced retaliatory layoffs minutes after a staff email to management announcing a union drive  —  The nonprofit news site focused on criminal justice reform has a vision for “an America where stability and dignity are within everyone's reach.”
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Bustle Media Group CEO says the company is rebranding as BDG, plans to go public via SPAC later this year, and is hoping to acquire more media brands  —  Bustle Digital Group is formally rebranding to BDG, its founder and CEO Bryan Goldberg tells Axios.  The new logo and name will roll out Tuesday.
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
A look at CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC in the Biden era, as some say cable news may never again reach the peak of “Trumpified interest”  —  Four years of chaos turned Americans into TV addicts.  A new crop of leaders and stars at CNN and MSNBC—and the old hands at Fox News—are trying to keep them tuning in.
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Piano says its largest clients had an average subscription growth of ~58% over the past year; 74% of annual subscribers remain loyal vs 46% of monthly subs  —  Digital subscriptions have become an increasingly significant business for English-language news providers over the past year.
Pew Research Center:
Survey: Americans across partisan divides broadly agree on which outlets are the “mainstream media”, including ABC, CNN, NYT, MSNBC, Fox News, WSJ, and NY Post  —  The term “mainstream media” has long been used to refer to established journalism outlets in the United States.
Kelsey Sutton / Adweek:
Emily Caron / Sportico:
Just Women's Sports, a media company founded by former pro soccer player Haley Rosen, raises $3.5M seed led by Will Ventures with Kevin Durant among investors  —  NBA star Kevin Durant and business partner Rich Kleiman's Thirty Five Ventures also participated, alongside Drive by DraftKings …
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
Facebook says it's testing a prompt that encourages users to open unread articles before sharing them, about a year after Twitter debuted a similar prompt  —  The new pop-up is being tested starting today  —  Facebook has announced on Twitter that it will start testing a pop-up that asks users …
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Crypto news site Blockworks says it anticipates $8M-$10M in revenue in 2021 while being profitable and plans to grow staff from 17 to about 40 people
Analysis: Black women killed by US police from 2015 to 2021 received only five stories or fewer in national media, well below other groups, with some exceptions
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Successful entertainment companies today shouldn't just create content, but also manage their IP in a way that creates and sustains deep affinity from fans
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Post-pandemic, China has activated an international network of journalists and outlets that push its state-backed content, countering US and UK media influence
The Verge:
Clubhouse launches in beta on Android in the US, after more than a year of iOS exclusivity, but will remain invite-only
Hanaa' Tameez / Nieman Lab:
Q&A with Vox's new EIC Swati Sharma on making sure the outlet produces distinctive content, her day-to-day, and creating a truly inclusive newsroom
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: Vice, Bustle are no longer exploring IPO via SPAC and BuzzFeed may be the only big digital media company to go public this year, as SPAC market cools