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9:30 AM 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.
New York Times:
Interviews with 18 people reveal details of the Discovery-WarnerMedia deal, including stock structure change and an awkward talk with WarnerMedia's Jason Kilar  —  An early-morning meeting at a Greenwich Village townhouse, under the watchful eye of Steve McQueen, was part of a monthslong campaign.
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  —  The former GOP senator lost his contract with the network after claiming there was “nothing” in America before white colonizers arrived.
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 …
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  —  It didn't have to turn out this way.  —  Local investors — especially in a prosperous town like Chicago — could have stepped forward …
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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Full-time employment in local TV news increased 1.8% YoY to 28,000 in 2020, beating the previous high in 2009
Brian Morrissey / The Rebooting:
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Hollywood Reporter:
How the relationship between Hollywood and China has deteriorated in recent years amid US-China rivalry, as US studios' market share in China has plummeted
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
Andy Sullivan / Reuters:
Court filings show US seized $90,000 paid to a Utah man by several news outlets for footage of a woman being fatally shot during the Capitol attack
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Clay B. Morris / Poynter:
Nikole Hannah-Jones' tenure denial shows UNC is not committed to authentic learning, and it spits in the face of Black students, especially those in journalism
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
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
President Biden says he won't let his DOJ seize phone records or emails from reporters, calling it “simply wrong”, following a CNN report on Trump's DOJ