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4:20 PM ET, September 15, 2021

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Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Profile of veteran Black journalist Kevin Merida who became the executive editor of LA Times in June and says he wants to “redefine what a modern newspaper is”  —  The new executive editor of the L.A. Times rode a stellar career to helm California's paper of record.
The New York Times Company:
NYT names a new interdepartmental team to help leadership build audience trust, working closely with the newsroom's Standards department  —  A new cross-functional team will help the company's leadership establish a vision for how our report can continue to evolve to convey our values and ensure accuracy.
Rick Porter / The Hollywood Reporter:
ViacomCBS launches BET Studios, offering Black creatives an equity stake to produce content for outlets within and outside the media conglomerate  —  The three producers will be equity partners in the venture, which Aisha Summers Burke has been tapped to lead.
Discussion: The Wrap, Variety, Deadline and Realscreen
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
Clubhouse hires Nina Gregory, senior editor for NPR's Arts Desk, as its first head of news and media publishers  —  New York (CNN Business)Live audio app Clubhouse boomed during the early months of the pandemic as people craved social connections and entertainment while spending most of their time isolated and inside.
Brian Welk / The Wrap:
National Association of Broadcasters cancels next month's convention in Las Vegas amid a COVID-19 surge and says it hopes to hold the next event in April 2022  —  The National Association of Broadcasters, or NAB, has canceled its 2021 NAB Show that was scheduled for Las Vegas next month amid …
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.
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 …
Emma Kelly / Metro.co.uk:
BBC confirms that ex-HuffPost UK EIC Jess Brammar has been appointed to a new role overseeing the BBC's domestic and international news channels  —  Jess Brammar has been hired by the BBC, following controversy about her potential role at the corporation.  —  BBC chairman Richard Sharp confirmed today …
Matt Donnelly / Variety:
Sources: LeBron James' SpringHill is in advanced talks for an investment from Fenway Sports Group, RedBird Capital, and Nike, valuing it around $650M-$700M  —  While the NBA legend and his longtime business partner Maverick Carter have expressly told potential suitors they are not looking …
A.J. Katz / TVNewser:
E.W. Scripps will relaunch national news network Newsy on Oct. 1, broadcasting over the air and OTT and led by Kate O'Brian, formerly of ABC News and Al Jazeera  —  The E.W. Scripps Company is relaunching its national news network Newsy as a 24/7 news outlet that will broadcast over-the-air and OTT.
Discussion: @ajkatztv and @alexmillernews
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
A look at National Trust for Local News, which plans to sell local news bonds and build a $300M fund to help local news outlets  —  Rather than grants, the trust dispenses venture capital and advice, with a goal of growing local support to serve small-town news deserts.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Appeals court rejects Devin Nunes' defamation suit over a 2018 Esquire article, but says he may have been libeled when a reporter tweeted out the story in 2019  —  A federal appeals court has rejected Rep. Devin Nunes' defamation suit over a magazine story about his relatives in Iowa …
 
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Manori Ravindran / Variety:
Nadine Dorries appointed as UK culture secretary, replacing Oliver Dowden hours before he was due to make a speech about proposed Channel 4 privatization
Elias Leight / Rolling Stone:
Sleep Fruits Music, which plays 30-second clips of rain sounds, has ~10M Spotify streams/day, diminishing the money available for artists recording actual songs
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
In a lawsuit, a GMA producer claims ABC News retaliated against her after she filed a complaint earlier this year alleging sexual assault by Michael Corn
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
In a memo, Fox Corp. says around 90% of its employees are vaccinated and it will soon introduce daily COVID-19 testing for those who are not vaccinated
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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
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
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Payload, a new media startup focused on business and policy of space that currently publishes a weekly newsletter, raises $650K seed round
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
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