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3:25 PM ET, October 4, 2021


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Jessica Bursztynsky / CNBC:
Ben Smith / New York Times:
How the charm of Ozy's chief, Carlos Watson, helped persuade investors into putting millions toward a media dream before conducting sufficient due diligence  —  The story behind the story is about the elite investors who plowed millions into a media dream without much due diligence, persuaded by the charm of Ozy's head, Carlos Watson.
Craig Silverman / @craigsilverman:
[Thread] A look at why Ozy failed as a paid media company and has become a perfect, cautionary illustration of paid versus earned media  —  The Ozy Media meltdown has a lot of lessons. As the reporter who caught them buying junk traffic in 2017, I'm biased. But I see it as a perfect, cautionary illustration of Paid versus Earned media. So: a 🧵 on why Ozy failed as a paid media company — and why it matters.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sources: Ozy inflated its numbers by buying most of its social media following and viewership for some shows, then used the numbers in pitches to TV networks  —  The downfall of Ozy Media and its charismatic founder Carlos Watson will go down as one of the most sudden media collapses of all time.
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Ozy CEO Carlos Watson resigns as a corporate director of NPR, just before the board's governance committee meeting to weigh his future with NPR
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Disney says Hulu president Kelly Campbell has left after less than two years in the role  —  Campbell's departure was announced to staff by Rebecca Campbell, Disney's chairman of international operations and direct-to-consumer.  Kelly Campbell's direct reports at Hulu will report to Rebecca Campbell …
Sarah Whitten / CNBC:
Members of the IATSE union, representing backstage movie and TV workers, authorize a strike after trying to negotiate a larger streaming revenue share and more  —  - Hollywood's backstage union workers voted to authorize an industry-wide strike.  — This vote comes after months …
Max Willens / Digiday:
News app Newsbreak, which claims 45M MAUs, hires Snap's Xana O'Neill as head of original content as it tries to boost its nearly 3,000-strong creator program  —  After about a year of trying to get into the original content business, Newsbreak is unofficially starting over.
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Filings: The Spectator doubled pre-tax profits to £1.6M in 2020, as turnover rose 15% to £16.3M and subs grew 40%, compensating for lost newsstand and ad sales  —  The Spectator more than doubled its pre-tax profits in 2020 as a 40% boost to subscriber numbers balanced out challenges …
Amitha Kalaichandran / Poynter:
How editors can better assess the credibility of experts and raise standards for op-eds, as contrarian viewpoints on COVID-19 flood opinion sections  —  An influx of contrarian viewpoints on COVID-19 policy in mainstream opinion journalism could have dire consequences on how the pandemic plays out.
The Guardian:
ICIJ, The Guardian, BBC, Le Monde, and WaPo publish the Pandora Papers, a trove of 11.9M files from companies hired by the wealthy to set up offshore accounts  —  Millions of documents reveal offshore deals and assets of more than 100 billionaires, 30 world leaders and 300 public officials
Clark Merrefield / Nieman Lab:
Studies show the enduring influence of local TV news, still among the most trusted ways US residents get news, and examine tech's impact and Sinclair's growth  —  There is no shortage of surveys indicating many Americans don't trust the news media.  The U.S. registers the lowest levels …
Angela Fu / Poynter:
Several current and former Gannett journalists share stories about unpaid overtime, after NewsGuild said it was investigating Gannett's workplace culture  —  The NewsGuild is investigating the issue and asking all Gannett employees to fill out a survey reporting unpaid work
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