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12:15 PM ET, May 24, 2021


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New York Times:
Nexta Telegram channel founder Roman Protasevich arrested as Belarus, under orders from Lukashenko, sends fighter jet and forces Ryanair flight to land in Minsk  —  The dissident, Roman Protasevich, co-founded a Telegram channel that is a popular opposition outlet in Belarus.
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Ben Smith / New York Times:
Tension is rising at WNYC amid HR complaints about bullying and a formal complaint to the NLRB about an alleged campaign by the EIC against her internal critics  —  In public radio, there is either an epidemic of bullying or an epidemic of whining, depending on whom you ask.
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
Over 100 AP staff sign a letter saying they “strongly disapprove” with how Emily Wilder's firing was handled and call on AP to update social media policies  —  Over 100 Associated Press employees signed a letter to management Monday saying they “strongly disapprove” …
Laura Wagner / Defector:
Both CNN's treatment of Chris Cuomo and the AP's treatment of Emily Wilder show media institutions siding with the powerful over the ethical
New York Times:
Sources: in October 2016, shortly before the AT&T-Time Warner acquisition, Disney's Bob Iger called Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes about a possible deal  —  What if Time Warner had gotten a fateful phone call earlier in 2016?  —  What could have been  —  After its $100 billion deal …
Andi Ortiz / The Wrap:
Former Trump spokesman Jason Miller is ordered to pay Gizmodo Media Group $42K to cover legal fees after a second attempt at suing Gizmodo  —  Jason Miller, a spokesperson for former President Donald Trump, has been ordered by a federal judge to pay Gizmodo Media Group almost $42,000 …
Matthew Dessem / Slate:
In a Last Week Tonight episode about sponsored content, John Oliver tricked three local US TV stations into airing a promo for a bogus “sexual wellness blanket”  —  The single greatest thing about Last Week Tonight has always been John Oliver's willingness to spend HBO's money …
Pew Research Center:
Study: 33% of US papers with Sunday circulations of 50K+ faced layoffs in 2020, vs. 24% in 2019; 18% of the most visited digital-native news sites faced layoffs  —  Staff layoffs continued to pummel the beleaguered U.S. newspaper industry in 2020.  A third of papers with an average Sunday circulation …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
SiriusXM partners with TikTok for a TikTok music channel on SiriusXM, TikTok playlists on Pandora, and re-airings of Pandora LIVE events on TikTok  —  SiriusXM is leaning into TikTok.  The satellite radio company and Pandora parent today announced a partnership with the social video platform …
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Zheping Huang / Bloomberg:
Kuaishou, ByteDance's main rival, reports Q1 revenue of $2.65B, up 37% YoY, and a net loss of $8.9B, as it delved deeper into online commerce and advertising  —  - Advertising and e-commerce helped juice quarterly revenue  — Kuaishou offers investors a taste of China's hot video market
Alex Cox / The Keyword:
Google debuts News Showcase for the web on desktop, with enhanced Google News story panels from partner outlets, in the eight countries Showcase is available  —  Last year we announced the launch of Google News Showcase, our product and licensing program that pays publishers for bringing …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK's Reach says it will pay back up to £4M to employees who took a pay cut at the start of the pandemic, after settling with some staff  —  Reach has agreed to pay back up to £4m to employees who took pay cuts at the start of the Covid-19 crisis between April and June last year.
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Brian Morrissey / The Rebooting:
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Daniel Levitt / Inside The Newsroom:
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Hollywood Reporter:
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Sadiq Shaban / Gulf News:
Prominent Israeli journalist Asaf Ronel says he has resigned from Haaretz after 15 years over its coverage of violence against Palestinian citizens in Jaffa
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
CNN has terminated its contract with senior political commentator Rick Santorum after his racist remarks about Native Americans at an event last month
Columbia Journalism Review:
A Harvard study of link rot of “deep links” in articles from 1996 to mid-2019 showed that 25% were completely inaccessible
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The failure of local investors to block Alden from buying Tribune Publishing was a failure of civic leadership, especially by Chicago's class of plutocrats