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6:00 PM ET, September 30, 2021


 Top News: 
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
Some former Ozy employees say they were overworked to the point of exhaustion: “They brought in very talented, motivated, excited people and just used them up”  —  New York (CNN Business)Around midnight one Saturday late last year, Eva Rodriguez, 24, had trouble breathing.
Ozy Media chairman Marc Lasry resigns and steps down from Ozy's board, saying he lacks expertise in crisis management and investigations; he remains an investor  —  Marc Lasry, the billionaire businessman and co-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks, said in a statement provided that he has stepped down from Ozy Media's board.
New York Times:
Katty Kay, a former BBC anchor who recently joined Ozy, resigns, citing NYT's reporting on the company
Sources: in an extremely rare move, SV Angel, led by VC Ron Conway, informed Ozy that it will give up stock acquired in 2012
Tony Arnold / WBEZ Chicago:
Chicago Public Media names Matt Moog as new CEO, as its board votes to pursue an acquisition of the Chicago Sun-Times  —  URL Copied!  —  In an unprecedented maneuver to try and “secure the future” of one Chicago's two daily newspapers, Chicago Public Media's board of directors voted Wednesday …
Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian / Axios:
LinkedIn blocks the profiles of several US journalists on its Chinese platform, citing “prohibited content” without specifying what it was  —  LinkedIn blocked the profiles of several U.S. journalists from the company's China-based platform this week, citing “prohibited content.”
Aislinn Keely / The Block:
TikTok launches Top Moments, an NFT collection featuring six “culturally significant TikTok videos” from creators including Lil Nas X  —  TikTok is launching a non-fungible token (NFT) collection that will see its top content creators partner with top NFT creators.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The dearth of coverage of the memo outlining how Pence could void the 2020 election points to the mainstream media's blasé attitude to the attempted coup  —  In a normal world, the “Eastman memo” would be infamous by now, the way “Access Hollywood” became the popular shorthand in 2016 …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Apple, for the first time, shares the top paid podcast subscriptions and free channels globally, counting devices that played at least one second of an episode  —  RANKINGS … Apple's top paid subscriptions are ranked in order of total subscribed listeners worldwide over the past three months …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
NYT hires Lulu Garcia-Navarro, formerly host of NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday and Up Next, to anchor a new Opinion podcast  —  The New York Times on Thursday said it has hired Lourdes “Lulu” Garcia-Navarro, the former host of NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday and a former co-host of NPR's morning news podcast …
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Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Spotify says podcast creators using its Anchor service can now add interactive polls and Q&As to their programs
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Ofcom says British TV and radio broadcasters remain “woeful” at promoting staff from diverse backgrounds to senior management positions
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Interview with New Yorker archives editor Erin Overbey, who has worked at the magazine for 27 years, about her tweet thread on the magazine's lack of diversity
Rachel Cheung / Columbia Journalism Review:
Hong Kong's Stand News, Citizen News, and HK Feature still cover political changes with a critical eye as mainstream outlets fall under government control
Gerrit De Vynck / Washington Post:
YouTube says it is banning prominent anti-vaccine activists, including Robert F. Kennedy Jr, and blocking all anti-vax content, not just about COVID-19 vaccines