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8:00 AM ET, September 15, 2021

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The Guardian:
Police investigating the 2019 killing of journalist Lyra McKee have arrested four men in the Derry area  —  Police Service of Northern Ireland says the men have been detained under the Terrorism Act  —  Detectives investigating the killing of the journalist Lyra McKee have arrested four men.
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
GB News is looking to hire more of Nigel Farage's former Brexit party colleagues; Farage's program leads channel ratings, with 80,000 viewers of his latest show  —  Channel appears to be moving further right with liberal voices squeezed out and Brexiters reported to be set to join
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Rose Hill / Mirror:
Andrew Neil says he has resigned as chairman of GB News
Katie Kilkenny / The Hollywood Reporter:
A slate of candidates for WGAE union leadership that supports more digital newsroom organizing won election Tuesday, after internal debate on the union's focus  —  After a campaign narrative centered on a perceived split over the role of digital journalists in the guild …
David Folkenflik / NPR:
A deep look at Salem Media, owner of Townhall, RedState, and 100+ radio stations, as well as employer and backer of California governor's candidate Larry Elder  —  Of all the candidates trying to unseat California Gov. Gavin Newsom in the recall election wrapping up Tuesday, conservative talk show host Larry Elder has the best chance.
Sara Guaglione / Digiday:
Thanks to remote hiring, Quartz says people of color make up 42% of employees, up from 31% last year, and Fortune has hired 22 new people, half outside NY  —  For all the headaches for publishers associated with the shift to remote work, its impact on hiring has been a bright spot.
Corrie Driebusch / Wall Street Journal:
SmartNews, a news aggregation app that shows users articles on the same topic with labels on their political bent, raises $230M at a ~$2B valuation  —  Tokyo-based news-discovery company is valued at $2 billion in its latest funding round  —  SmartNews Inc. has raised $230 million …
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” …
Janko Roettgers / Protocol:
Sources: Comcast has struck a partnership with TV manufacturer Hisense to sell two smart TV models under the brand XClass, using Comcast's X1 operating system  —  Comcast is gearing up to launch its own smart TVs: The company has struck a partnership with Chinese TV manufacturer Hisense …
Norimitsu Onishi / New York Times:
Profile of CNews, France's top news network, modeled after Fox News, with a focus on opinion that covers incendiary topics like immigration, crime, and Islam  —  CNews, the creation of the billionaire Vincent Bolloré, has become France's No. 1 news network by giving a new bullhorn …
Matt Donnelly / Variety:
Stephen Curry and his Unanimous Media production label have signed a deal with Comcast NBCUniversal; sources value the deal in the high eight-figure range  —  NBA star Stephen Curry and his Unanimous Media production label have signed a sweeping, first-of-its-kind talent deal with Comcast NBCUniversal.
 
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Clio Chang / Columbia Journalism Review:
A look at Teen Vogue's political transformation, its place within Condé Nast, and the tension between its socialist politics and the ads that finance it
Wikimedia Foundation:
Wikimedia Foundation names Maryana Iskander as CEO, starting January 2022; Iskander previously led a South African non-profit focused on youth unemployment
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Chinese podcasting and audio platform Ximalaya files for a Hong Kong IPO after scrapping plans to list in New York
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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
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
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