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11:50 AM ET, May 20, 2021


 Top News: 
Hussman Faculty / Medium:
About 40 members of UNC's journalism school faculty sign a letter demanding tenure for Nikole Hannah-Jones as Knight Chair in Race and Investigative Journalism  —  As Hussman School of Journalism and Media faculty, we are stunned at the failure to award tenure to Nikole Hannah-Jones …
Whither news?:
Over 100 journalism faculty from across the US protest UNC's declining of tenure for Nikole Hannah-Jones, calling the move “blatant partisanship and racism”  —  We, the undersigned journalism faculty from across the United States, write to protest the action of the University …
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
Alice Yin / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago mayor said she would talk only to reporters of color on one day to confront lack of newsroom diversity; NABJ says it can't support excluding journalists  —  Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Wednesday defended her decision to grant interviews on her two-year anniversary in office only to journalists of color …
Marisa Sarnoff / Mediaite:
Report: James Murdoch is behind a “whisper campaign” to undermine Lachlan at Fox; Lachlan has been defending Tucker Carlson and calls Fox News “center-right”  —  James Murdoch, the one-time would-be heir to the Rupert Murdoch media empire and brother to current Fox CEO Lachlan …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Axios plans to launch local newsletters in eight more cities by the end of 2021, with a goal of expanding to 50 total by the end of 2022  —  In the past quarter-century of the media industry's transition from the printed page to the digital space, there's been no category more vexing than local news.
Raleigh News & Observer:
Two USA Today Network journalists were arrested in NC while covering a protest of the lack of criminal charges in the death of Andrew Brown Jr., then released  —  Several people, 2 journalists arrested in Elizabeth City during Andrew Brown protests  —  Several people were arrested …
Amanda Ripley / The Atlantic:
While local TV news is trusted more than any other medium, popularity is waning; E.W. Scripps is one broadcaster trying out different story topics and lengths  —  One morning a few years ago, Amanda Patten, 26, invited five strangers into her home in Cincinnati.  She cleared the toys off of the couch and offered everyone a seat.
Lucy McNulty / MarketWatch:
LSE, which bought data provider Refinitiv from Reuters in 2018, says Reuters' paywall breaches deal terms; Refinitiv has a $325M/year deal for news from Reuters  —  A rift between the London Stock Exchange Group and Reuters has opened up over the media company's plans for a new paywall …
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Supantha Mukherjee / Reuters:
Spotify partners with Audible rival Storytel, allowing the latter's subscribers to listen to books on Spotify; Storytel has 500K titles and 1.6M subscribers  —  Swedish audiobook streaming group Storytel (STORYb.ST) has partnered with Spotify (SPOT.N) to allow its subscribers to listen …
Discussion: Spotify, TechCrunch and Storytel
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Max Sanderson / The Guardian:
The Guardian partners with Google for Auditorial, a storytelling project designed to showcase articles made accessible to blind and low-vision audiences
Discussion: The Keyword
Keach Hagey / Wall Street Journal:
Right-wing video platform Rumble says it has raised an undisclosed amount from Peter Thiel, J.D. Vance, and others; sources say Rumble is valued at ~$500M
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Marketers release data after Apple ATT ad tracking change: Android spending is up ~21%, iOS spending drops ~3%; 63.5% to 83.2% of iOS users opt out of tracking
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Max Willens / Digiday:
Vice says its titles now produce more Stories-style content every month than text or horizontal video content, helped by an in-house Stories Studio app
Discussion: @johnbarnettt
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
WarnerMedia says HBO Max's cheaper, ad-supported tier will cost $10 per month and launch in the first week of June
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google is testing a “Follow” button in Chrome for sites that support RSS, with content appearing in the New Tab page, initially with Chrome Canary users
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
AT&T and Verizon conflated controlling distribution with controlling demand and hence wasted billions by buying media businesses like Time Warner and Yahoo