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7:40 AM ET, May 13, 2021

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Lacey Rose / The Hollywood Reporter:
Ellen DeGeneres says she is ending her show in 2022, insisting it has been “the plan all along” and is not because of bullying allegations  —  DeGeneres gets candid about her decision to wrap up the show in 2022, the allegations that nearly sent her packing and the parts that she'll miss most …
Detroit News:
Michigan GOP lawmaker introduces a bill that requires fact checkers to register with the state using a $1M fidelity bond, and levies $1K/day fine for violations  —  Lansing — A Michigan lawmaker who's been at the center of efforts to question the 2020 election introduced a bill Tuesday that would require …
Laura Wagner / Defector:
Docs and interviews with ~30 current and former staff at The Appeal show a demoralizing culture, especially for women and POC, questions about donors, and more  —  On Monday, The Appeal, a non-profit newsroom that primarily covers criminal justice, announced a set of sweeping organizational changes.
Sonia Faleiro / Rest of World:
An in-depth look at how a team of fact-checkers at Alt News in India is struggling against misinformation spread by the ruling BJP party on Facebook services  —  As the pandemic rages across the country, one team of fact-checkers contends with a post-truth dystopia.
Mark Stenberg / Medialyte:
As platforms roll out monetization tools for creators, journalists and writers gain leverage and a glimmer of hope that they're worth more than they realized  —  A massive realignment of human capital is coming for the media industry.  —  A song to read by: “Crab,” by Alex G
Erika Kinetz / Associated Press:
Investigation: an army of bots covertly amplify Chinese propaganda on Twitter by retweeting posts from diplomats and state media tens of thousands of times  —  BRUSSELS (AP) — China's ruling Communist Party has opened a new front in its long, ambitious war to shape global public opinion: Western social media.
Discussion: @kenroth and @jojjeols
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Fox News says it will launch new weekend programs hosted by Dan Bongino and former South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy  —  Gowdy will host a 7 p.m. program on Sundays while Bongino will lead a 10 p.m. program on Saturday.  Fox News said its “Big Saturday Show” and “Big Sunday Show,” …
Discussion: Mediaite, @dylanbyers, TVNewser and The Wrap
Peter White / Deadline:
IAB: podcast ad revenue in the US grew 19% in 2020 to hit $842M, up from $708M in 2019 and $479M in 2018, and is set to reach $2B by 2023  —  The world of podcasting has grown exponentially over the last few years and it doesn't look like it's slowing down any time soon.
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
How CNN changed under Jeff Zucker, as journalists and anchors, traditionally restricted by impartiality standards, show more emotions and air their opinions  —  As the first presidential debate of the 2020 general election came to a close last fall, CNN's top anchors and political correspondents stepped …
 
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Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
East Coast local broadcaster News 12 is partnering with Google for News 12 Spark, a lifestyle vertical that's fully curated using a new AI-powered tagging tool
Discussion: The Keyword
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
Bloomberg launches a suite of subscriber-only content, including a daily blog, aimed at the 76% of Odd Lots podcast listeners who are non-subscribers
 Earlier Picks: 
Wired:
Research: Rumble, a video-sharing site popular with conservatives, is more likely than not to recommend videos with misinfo for “vaccine”, “election” searches
Ko Bragg / Columbia Journalism Review:
Advocates at nonprofits that aid the poor say media too often seeks help finding people with specific profiles of suffering, rather than building relationships
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube plans to pay $100M to top creators on YouTube Shorts, its TikTok competitor, through 2022, starting in the next few months in the US and India