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3:55 PM ET, September 18, 2021

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Steven Perlberg / Insider:
Axios names Sara Kehaulani Goo as EIC, as it readies niche paid newsletters product Axios Pro; source: Axios is on track to make ~$85M in revenue this year  —  - Axios named Sara Kehaulani Goo and Aja Whitaker-Moore editor-in-chief and executive editor, respectively.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Andrew Taylor, who quit as a longtime AP Capitol Hill reporter this spring, says he doubts traditional journalism can now properly cover dysfunction in Congress  —  Andrew Taylor began his journalism career in the late 1980s, clipping newspaper articles for the politics reporters at Congressional Quarterly.
Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
The 2016 Indianapolis Star investigation of Larry Nassar, which led to the recent Senate hearings with Olympic gymnasts, shows local newspapers' enduring impact  —  Local newspapers may be struggling, but they are still publishing journalism that makes a difference
Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox's Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch saw lower pay in 2021; Rupert's package was valued at $31.1M, down from $34M in 2020, and Lachlan's at $27.7M, down from $29.1M  —  Rupert and Lachlan, along with other top Fox executives, agreed to cut their base Fox Corp. salaries during the pandemic.
Lacey Rose / Hollywood Reporter:
A wide-ranging interview with Jon Stewart, ahead of the launch of his biweekly current affairs series, The Problem With Jon Stewart, on Sept. 30 on Apple TV+  —  He understands if you are delighted by his return to TV.  But like the subjects he'll cover on Apple's 'The Problem With Jon Stewart …
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Behind Andrew Neil's departure from GB News as sources say he was in a legal battle with the channel from mid-July over his contract believed to be £700K/year  —  Sources say presenter was in legal battle with rightwing channel's bosses over his £700,000-a-year contract
Steven Perlberg / Insider:
NYT's daily newsletter The Morning has 5M+ readers on average, will launch Saturday and Sunday editions, and add two more staff for a total of eight  —  - Written by David Leonhardt, The Morning newsletter has more than 5 million daily readers on average.  — The newsletter's team is set …
Brian X. Chen / New York Times:
The dismantling of digital advertising based on personal data and cookies is reshaping revenue plans for ad and tech industries, publishers, and small companies  —  As Apple and Google enact privacy changes, businesses are grappling with the fallout, Madison Avenue is fighting back and Facebook has cried foul.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
How the money in song publishing rights and the Blurred Lines lawsuit have led artists like Olivia Rodrigo to give “interpolation credits” to avoid lawsuits  —  We are trying something a little different on this episode of Decoder — we're doing a little crossover …
Casey Newton / Platformer:
One year in, Casey Newton has doubled his Substack subscribers to ~50K, of which <10% convert to paid; Discord and Twitter are effective for attracting readers  —  A year ago, I quit the best job I ever had to start Platformer.  Today I wanted to tell you all how it's going, what I've learned …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
WarnerMedia is offering a 50% discount for six months on the HBO Max ad-free monthly plan until September 26 as HBO subscriptions via Amazon shut down Wednesday  —  WarnerMedia is trying to help offset the loss of about 5 million HBO subscribers who had signed up through Amazon in the U.S. with an aggressive discount offer on HBO Max.
 
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Janko Roettgers / Protocol:
Sources: Google plans to add free, ad-supported streaming TV channels to Google TV and has held talks with media companies that provide the channels
Reuters:
French court upholds a ruling by markets watchdog AMF against Bloomberg for publishing a hoax press release, but lowers fine from €5M to €3M
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Politico:
DHS: American extremists used TikTok in the lead-up to the Jan. 6 riots to recruit new members and share “tactical guidance” for terrorist and criminal activity
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Financial Times:
China is cracking down on pessimistic financial blogs and social media accounts, as well as fraudulent ones; analysts worry independent voices will be silenced
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
A few people called Genius the future of journalism, but its vision of simply adding boxes for comment on others' work was emblematic of its founders' arrogance
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
The 8th Circuit's bizarre decision greenlighting a lawsuit over a Ryan Lizza tweet about Devin Nunes sets a dangerous precedent for defamation claims