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11:00 PM ET, October 11, 2021

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Matt Donnelly / Variety:
Sources: Netflix suspended three employees, including a trans employee who criticized Dave Chappelle in a viral tweet, for crashing a top executive meeting  —  Terra Field, a senior software engineer for the streamer based in San Francisco, was among those suspended late last week for attending the …
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Despite going all in on streaming with Disney+, Disney plans to keep ESPN tied to cable bundles, its biggest revenue driver  —  - Disney's strategic move into streaming conflicts with ESPN's business, which profits handsomely from linear TV.  — ESPN probably won't consider a direct …
Renée DiResta / The Atlantic:
A look at the rise of “ampliganda”, where the public participates in shaping perception via amplification, as trust shifts away from legacy media to influencers  —  One Sunday morning in July of last year, a message from an anonymous account appeared on “Bernie or Vest,” …
Ben Smith / New York Times:
A look at a decades-old argument between two journalists who worked at The Boston Globe, and how its core question on the role of objectivity remains relevant  —  A writer for an alt-weekly called out a Boston Globe editor for his “fealty” to the idea of objectivity in a column that reads as if it were written yesterday.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook adds an Audio hub to its app in the US, featuring podcasts, Live Audio Rooms, and short-form audio, and rolls out Live Audio Rooms globally  —  Facebook is expanding its investment in audio initiatives with the launch of a new “Audio” destination in its mobile app in the U.S. …
Ian Austen / New York Times:
Canadian authorities drop charges against a man featured in NYT's “Caliphate” podcast series, after he said in court his tales of fighting for ISIS were made up  —  In exchange for the admission of the man, Shehroze Chaudhry, Canada dropped criminal charges against him.
Matthew Belloni / Puck:
Leaked contract shows Hits magazine offers positive coverage for $150K per year; sources: major talent agencies and labels routinely pay  —  I'm no Pollyanna when it comes to the trade press.  But I've never seen a quid pro quo as explicit as this proposed contract sent to a major talent agency.
Discussion: Mediaite and @mattbelloni
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Heavyweight, one of the longest-running Gimlet Media shows, will become a Spotify exclusive next month, two years after Spotify acquired Gimlet  —  While Patreon is exploring original podcasts  —  This story is part of a group of stories called  —  Hello again, welcome to the first week of October.
Columbia Journalism Review:
Survey of 324 US papers with <50K circulation: 49% say the number of stories they produce has risen since 2016; 62% say social media has become more important  —  EXECUTIVE SUMMARY  —  The observations in this report are based on an online survey conducted between Tuesday, August 4, 2020 and Tuesday, September 8, 2020.
Peter Kafka / Vox:
Sources: The Atlantic is recruiting writers with paid newsletters for a newsletter product, offering a base payment while letting them stay semi-independent  —  Heads up, Substack.  But also Twitter.  And Facebook.  And the New York Times ...  Here's a media trend: Journalists setting …
 
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Diane Haithman / The Wrap:
Alan Horn, chief creative officer and former chairman of Disney Studios Content, announces his retirement effective Dec. 31, after nine years with the company
Mark Jacob / Local News Initiative:
Interview with Chicago Public Media's CEO and WBEZ's CCO about the planned Chicago Sun-Times acquisition; they expect 40-50 job openings by the end of 2021
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Real-time TV ad measurement service iSpot.tv acquires DRMetrix, which specializes in products for DTC and direct-response TV advertisers
Discussion: nexttv.com, MediaPost and Adweek
The Information:
Sources: Epic Games is considering launching a scripted video division, with plans including a film based on Fortnite
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Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Netflix and Walmart partner to launch a Walmart.com digital storefront, called Netflix Hub, to sell Stranger Things and Squid Game merch
Navneet Alang / Columbia Journalism Review:
Efforts by some food media sites to revise past work show they value journalistic obligations to accuracy and teaching more than serving as archives
Andrew Sheeler / Sacramento Bee:
California Governor Gavin Newsom signs a law giving journalists unrestricted access to protests and demonstrations closed off by the police
Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
Tampa Bay Times, with ~120 newsroom employees, is asking for donations to honor specific staffers, publicly showing donor names, amounts, and journalists' names