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11:50 AM ET, May 19, 2021


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NC Policy Watch:
UNC backs down from offering Nikole Hannah-Jones tenure, instead offering a fixed five-year contract, after conservatives object to her work on The 1619 Project  —  Journalism school will instead offer Nikole Hannah-Jones a fixed five-year contract  —  In her career in journalism …
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Profile of David Zaslav, one of the highest-paid US corporate CEOs, who spent 14 years building Discovery into the preeminent player in unscripted programming  —  The TV deal maker will head the new venture formed by his company's merger with AT&T's WarnerMedia, as he seeks to build a streaming juggernaut
New York Times:
Sources: Jeff Zucker, who said he expects to leave CNN at the end of 2021, may be open to a longer stay as his “best friend” David Zaslav becomes his boss  —  Phone buddies and golf partners, Jeff Zucker and David Zaslav have a 30-year history.  Now Zucker may be open to working for the man he calls a “best friend.”
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
For CNN, the WarnerMedia-Discovery deal lets CNN avoid a difficult union with MSNBC, beefs up overseas opportunities, and puts to rest speculation it's for sale
David Dayen / American Prospect:
The main legacies from AT&T/Time Warner are lost jobs and a $400M payout for Time Warner's former CEO; now, Discovery and WarnerMedia promise savings of $3B/yr
The Daily Beast:
In recent months, Newsmax has quietly poached some top OANN talent who, sources say, sought either bigger audiences or a break from OANN's increasing extremism  —  ONE AMERICA EXODUS  —  In recent months, Newsmax has quietly poached some top OAN talent who, insiders said …
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Marie Claire owner Future reports revenues of £272M, up 21% YoY, in the six months to end of March, and says e-commerce income grew 56% YoY driven by lockdowns  —  Future's share price soars as it says full-year results will be ‘materially ahead’ of expectations
Discussion: Financial Times
Billy Steele / Engadget:
Spotify announces a virtual concert series, offering “prerecorded livestreams” of 40-75 minutes from The Black Keys and others for $15 each, starting May 27  —  If you're a fan of live music, you probably paid to stream at least one performance at some point in the last year.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Spotify, The Verge and 9to5Mac
Hanaa' Tameez / Nieman Lab:
Harvard's The Future of Media Project unveils the US Media Index database, which compiles information on owners, shareholders, and donors of news outlets  —  If you ever wanted to track down who owns a news outlet, it's now much easier to do it.  The U.S. Media Index database by the Future …
Ian Carlos Campbell / The Verge:
Zoom announces Zoom Events, building on paid event marketplace OnZoom, letting companies host live events, sell tickets, track stats, and more  —  Selling tickets, tracking attendance, and hosting informal chats  —  Zoom is announcing an expanded live events product today that's launching this summer.
Discussion: ZDNet and Engadget, more at Techmeme »
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
The NewsGuild of New York is facing opposition from some members against a dues increase proposal after recent expansion forced it to dip into budget reserves  —  The NewsGuild of New York, overextended from a spate of organizing, is running into opposition from members over footing the bill.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google says Android TV OS, which includes Google TV, now reaches over 80M monthly active devices, with 80% YoY growth in the US  —  Google offered an update on its TV platform, Android OS, at its Google I/O developer event on Tuesday.  The company said its Android TV OS now reaches …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Fox News files a motion to dismiss the $1.6B lawsuit by voting technology company Dominion, saying it just “provided a forum for the losing side”  —  Fox News filed a motion Tuesday to dismiss a massive $1.6 billion lawsuit from by voting-technology firm Dominion Voting Systems …
Discussion: Insider, CNN, NPR, TVNewser and The Hill
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Between 2018 and 2020, the share of UK journalists under 30 grew from 16% to 23%, white people fell from 94% to 92%, the number of journalists grew 18K to 96K
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The attempt by Bill Barr's DOJ to unmask a Twitter parody account showed its willingness to use power to intimidate critics, in violation of the First Amendment
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
A small UK study found that online abuse has become “more commonplace, more vile and more serious”, and journalism students need training on what they'll face
Reporters Without Borders:
Reporters Without Borders launches an online tool for its Journalism Trust Initiative to identify and reward trustworthy news sources
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Piano, which offers analytics, subscription, and personalization tools for publishers, raises $88M Series B, bringing its total raised to $241M+
Discussion: Insider and MediaPost
 Earlier Picks: 
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Spotify will auto-transcribe certain original shows in the coming weeks as part of a beta rollout of the feature that it aims to eventually enable for all shows
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
Forbes staffers announce plans to form a union; more than 80% of about 105 editorial staffers have signed union cards with the NewsGuild of New York
Tyler Falk / Current:
After an outside investigation, New York Public Radio has fired On the Media host Bob Garfield for violating its anti-bullying policy
The Information:
Source: Amazon is in talks to acquire MGM for between $7B and $10B, in what would be its biggest move to expand into entertainment