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10:40 PM ET, May 19, 2021

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Hussman Faculty / Medium:
About 30 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 …
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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 …
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  —  HBO Max, so far, had a single subscription price at $15 a month. … HBO Max's cheaper, ad-supported tier will cost $10 a month and launch in the first week of June, WarnerMedia said Wednesday.
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  —  Felix Salmon asked a question on Twitter:  —  While Salmon's question was driven by the news that AT&T would spin out WarnerMedia …
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.”
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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
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
Pew Research Center:
Pew: 41% of Americans say news organizations are growing in influence, while 33% say influence is falling; in early 2020, nearly half said influence was falling  —  Americans' views about the influence of the media in the country have shifted dramatically over the course of a year …
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  —  Vice Media Group Cory Haik doesn't want to call it a pivot.  —  But a new mobile app developed in house last year, called Stories Studio …
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 …
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 …
 
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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
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
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
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
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NCTJ:
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
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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
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