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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.
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 …
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 …
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  —  On Thursday, the Washington Post reported that Chris Cuomo, CNN's star anchor and brother of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, had participated …
Daniel Levitt / Inside The Newsroom:
Jane Elizabeth / American Press Institute:
How local news outlets are working to recover from a year of trauma: collaborating, rethinking beats, making diversity and inclusion a reality, and more  —  More than a year after the global pandemic became official, local journalism still grapples with the fallout — not only from the coronavirus …
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.
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.
Brian Morrissey / The Rebooting:
A look at the underbelly of subscriptions and direct-to-consumer models, which has publishers using “dark patterns” to avoid losing subscribers  —  This week, I explore the underbelly of the pivot to subscriptions: publishers using dark patterns to avoid losing “sleepers” …
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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
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
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Glenn Greenwald and The Intercept accuse each other of endangering journalists, and Intercept staff say he's cynically creating controversy for more subscribers
Marina Hyde / The Guardian:
Fleet Street's condemnation of the BBC over the Bashir interview is hypocritical given UK tabloids' own terrible behavior around Diana and her family
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Twitter will soon let US users with 1,000+ followers who've hosted three Spaces in the past 30 days apply to host Ticketed Spaces, with Twitter taking a 20% cut
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