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David Mack / BuzzFeed News:
BuzzFeed News wins its first Pulitzer Prize for its series exposing China's mass detention of Muslims in the Xinjiang region  —  BuzzFeed News won a Pulitzer Prize on Friday for a series of innovative articles that used satellite images, 3D architectural models, and daring in-person interviews …
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
Pulitzer board gives a special citation to Darnella Frazier, who filmed George Floyd's murder  —  New York (CNN Business)The Pulitzer Prizes recognize some of the year's most important journalism.  This year, someone who isn't a professional journalist, but whose actions had as much impact as any, is among those being honored.
Alex Barker / Financial Times:
NewsCorp subsidiary News Group Newspapers reports loss of £201M for FY 2020, forcing it to write down The Sun by £84M, as pandemic hits circulation and ads  —  Pandemic hits circulation and advertising at tabloid newspaper that helped build media baron's empire
Josh Kosman / New York Post:
Sources: Sinclair is raising $250M for a sports streaming service set to launch next year, aiming to charge $23/month in markets where it owns broadcast rights  —  Sinclair Broadcast Group is quietly raising money for a new service that would stream games by the St. Louis Cardinals …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Sources: Spotify is in talks with Alexandra Cooper for an exclusive licensing deal for her podcast, Call Her Daddy, produced by Barstool Sports, for around $20M  —  Spotify is on the hunt for another big-name podcaster: The company is in advanced talks with Alexandra Cooper to bring raunchy talk show …
Nick Vivarelli / Variety:
Amazon has won the streaming rights to most of French soccer's top games until 2024, prompting Canal Plus to pull out of a smaller deal in protest  —  Amazon has snapped up the bulk of French soccer rights for the league's two top divisions for 2021-24, prompting pandemonium …
Ryan Browne / CNBC:
Google commits to involve UK's competition and privacy regulators in the development of its Privacy Sandbox proposals to replace third-party cookies on Chrome  —  - Google will give the U.K.'s Competition and Markets Authority a say in its plans to replace third-party cookies on Chrome.
Washington Post:
New reporting on the possible origins of the coronavirus has led to news outlets amending headlines and stories from last year with softer language  —  Early last year, New York Times science writer Donald G. McNeil Jr. reported on a controversial theory about the coronavirus that had begun …
Dawn Gilbertson / USA Today:
American Airlines to retire its in-flight magazine with the June issue, as travelers entertainment tastes move to electronic devices  —  In the first issue of American Airlines' in-flight magazine, flight attendants were called stewardesses and business travelers were pitched family fares offering half-price tickets for “your wife.”
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Brian Stelter / CNN:
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