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1:00 PM ET, September 14, 2021

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Erin Overbey / @erinoverbey:
[Thread] New Yorker's archive editor compiles contributor and editor diversity numbers for the magazine: people of color and women are very poorly represented  —  Let's talk about racism! Most white people at prestigious magazines don't ever want to talk about race or diversity at all. Why? It's primarily because they've been allowed to exist in a world where their mastheads resemble member registries at Southern country clubs circa 1950..
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Philly Inquirer refuses to call GOP investigation of PA's election results an audit, an example of an outlet using language that serves the public's interests  —  There's a simple but powerful idea behind the Philadelphia Inquirer's recent decision not to use the word “audit” …
Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
Fox Corp. buys TMZ from WarnerMedia, source says for less than $50M; Harvey Levin has signed a multi-year contract to keep running the gossip brand  —  As AT&T's WarnerMedia sheds the asset, founder Harvey Levin has signed a multi-year deal with Fox and will keep overseeing day-to-day operations.
Selome Hailu / Variety:
Survey: in the last TV season, streaming shows had more female major characters and more female creators, directors, and editors than broadcast network shows  —  As the entertainment industry looks to improve the ratio of female representation in television on screen and behind the scenes …
Discussion: Observer and Deadline
Wikimedia Foundation:
Wikimedia Foundation names Maryana Iskander as CEO, starting January 2022; Iskander previously led a South African non-profit focused on youth unemployment  —  New CEO brings global experience in breaking down systemic barriers to access and opportunity  —  14 September 2021, San Francisco …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
GovExec buys Market Connections, a government research and insights company, its ninth acquisition since spinning off from Atlantic Media in March 2020  —  GovExec, the media and insights company targeted to government leaders and contractors, is acquiring Market Connections …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Breakthrough Energy, a climate advocacy network created by Bill Gates, is funding Cipher, a new, editorially independent outlet dedicated to the climate crisis  —  An energy coalition launched by Bill Gates is backing a new publication called “Cipher” dedicated to the coverage of the climate crisis, its new editor tells Axios.
Discussion: @amyaharder
Elaine Yu / Wall Street Journal:
Chinese podcasting and audio platform Ximalaya files for a Hong Kong IPO after scrapping plans to list in New York  —  Ximalaya in April filed a draft prospectus for an IPO in the U.S.  —  The owner of a popular podcast and audio platform in China filed for an initial public offering …
Dawn Megli / Poynter:
A look at the trauma of local reporters for whom the line between personal and professional life is far more blurred than for national or foreign correspondents  —  In community journalism, trauma comes with the territory but mental health resources often do not  —  A local Marine died this summer while serving overseas.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
A history of the modern TV news crawl, launched by Fox News and followed by other national news networks to feed viewer's need for constant news on 9/11  —  The shock and panic of Sept. 11, 2001, faded with time.  But the crawl endured.  —  Fox News was the first that day.
 
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Sharif Hassan / New York Times:
Local journalists say Afghanistan's free press, a point of pride, is threatened by the Taliban, leading to self-censorship and a dwindling journalist population
Samantha Subin / CNBC:
Intuit says it has agreed to acquire Mailchimp for $12B in cash and stock
Bennett Madison / Gawker:
A young adult novelist confesses to writing fake letters to Slate's advice column and duping Tucker Carlson into discussing an obviously phony scenario on air
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Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Puck formally unveils its website and says it will soon launch a paywall, which will give readers access to stories, live events, and personal time with writers
Rose Hill / Mirror:
Andrew Neil says he has resigned as chairman of GB News
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Three media companies linked to wealthy Chinese exile Guo Wengui, including GTV Media, reach a $539M+ settlement with SEC for offering unregistered securities
Kim Lyons / The Verge:
Litecoin spiked ~20% after several news outlets, including Reuters and CNBC, reported that Walmart would begin accepting it based on a fake press release