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4:00 PM ET, August 25, 2021


 Top News: 
Andrew Beaujon / Washingtonian:
Inside WaPo's plans to grow internationally and attract younger readers, as sources say Sally Buzbee's quaint view about objectivity helped her get the top job  —  The last round of the tryouts took place over four meals this past spring at Jeff Bezos's Washington home.
Sinéad Baker / Insider:
In an abrupt reversal, OnlyFans suspends its October 1 policy change banning porn after securing “assurances” and aims to provide “a home for all creators”  —  - OnlyFans is reversing its decision to ban porn.  — It had planned on removing the content from October 1, prompting backlash from its users.
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Sara Guaglione / Digiday:
The Atlantic says its subscriber base grew nearly 50% over the past year but the number of unique visitors dropped to 18M in July 2021, from ~30M in July 2020  —  The Atlantic's subscriber base has grown by nearly 50% over the past year — an increase fueled by its coverage of the pandemic and the U.S. presidential election.
Ben Smith / New York Times:
How Mexico helped the NYT get Afghans who worked for the paper out of Afghanistan; Mexico says it is looking to extend similar protections to other journalists  —  A humanitarian effort led by Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard gave Afghans and their families a sanctuary that the U.S. government was unable to provide.
The Daily Beast:
Sources: NBCU will pay Rachel Maddow $30M annually through 2024 while ending her show in 2022, giving their top star a more flexible schedule than ever before  —  NBCUniversal will give Maddow $30 million annually while ending her show next year and giving their top star a more flexible schedule than ever before.
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
An analysis of Twitter follower gains by Joe Rogan's guests shows the podcaster's influence has waned after he went exclusive to Spotify  —  A Verge investigation shows how going exclusive stunted Rogan's power  —  When Spotify decided to try to become the biggest podcasting platform in the world …
Michael Gordon / The Charlotte Observer:
The Charlotte Observer names veteran journalist Rana Cash as executive editor, the first person of color to hold the top job in the paper's 135-year history  —  Veteran journalist Rana Cash will return to Charlotte this fall as the new executive editor of The Charlotte Observer …
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: Apollo spoke to ex-Bleacher Report CEO Howard Mittman about leading Yahoo Sports and hasn't decided if Guru Gowrappan will stay on as Verizon Media CEO  —  - Apollo hasn't decided if Verizon Media CEO Guru Gowrappan will stay as CEO, sources say.  — Apollo has spoken …
Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:
MSNBC newsroom staffers vote for a union, after the network declined voluntary recognition in June; MSNBC's president signals the network won't contest results  —  - Writers Guild won election among about 300 employees  — The Writers Guild has swelled its ranks in recent years
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Q&A with The Athletic's senior investigative writer Katie Strang about covering the Larry Nassar trial, the challenges of adversarial reporting in sports, more  —  An interview with Katie Strang, a sports journalist whose stories mostly take place off the court.
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google News Showcase launches in Colombia and signs partnerships with 24 regional and national news publications, including El País, El Colombiano, and Semana  —  Google launched its $1 billion licensing program in late 2020 to support publishers and surface card-based content across its platforms.
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Lisa Lacy / Adweek:
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Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
A look at tensions within GB News, ahead of a planned September relaunch, as Nigel Farage gains influence; Andrew Neil has hosted only eight of 41 of his shows
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
A look at the revival of Ebony, which started online in March and will continue with plans for a print edition four times a year, starting in 2022
Associated Press:
An organizer of an Atomwaffen Division campaign to threaten journalists and activists in three states has been sentenced to three years in prison
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Tom Warren / The Verge:
Groovy Bot, which lets Discord users play music from YouTube videos and other services, is shutting down Aug. 30 after YouTube sent a cease-and-desist notice
Dan Whateley / Insider:
WaPo is hiring a video producer and community manager for its TikTok team as it prepares to expand into formats like live video
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Q&A with The NewsGuild president Jon Schleuss about lobbying for bills to save local news outlets, how loss of local news outlets led to the Jan. 6 riot, more
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
News outlets err by posting anecdotal stories with suggestive headlines that can serve as misinfo, as Chicago Tribune did with Facebook's top-viewed story in Q1
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Spotify enables subscriptions for all US podcasters using Anchor for episodes on RSS and Spotify, adds pricing options, lets creators download subscriber emails
Zeynep Tufekci / @zeynep:
[Thread] Zeynep Tufekci says her substack will soon turn into a free newsletter for a future book as she joins NYT as an opinion columnist