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4:45 AM ET, October 13, 2021


 Top News: 
Matt Donnelly / Variety:
Zoe Schiffer / The Verge:
Netflix reinstates a trans employee and two others suspended for crashing a top executive meeting; trans staffers still plan to walk out on October 20  —  The trans employee resource group at Netflix is planning a company-wide walkout on October 20th to protest statements …
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
NYT is testing NYT Audio, an app for its podcasts and audio versions of its articles plus those from other outlets available on NYT-owned Audm  —  ‘New York Times Audio’ will feature stories from the Times and others in bid to create new destination for listeners
Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism:
RISJ launches the Oxford Climate Journalism Network, which will provide access to experts and professional forums to help newsrooms with climate coverage  —  The project, funded by the European Climate Foundation, will provide members with unique access to leading experts, forums, and research
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Twitter launches a three-month Spaces creator program, offering $2,500/month for at least two audio rooms a week; application deadline is October 22  —  Twitter is deepening its investment in Spaces, the Clubhouse-like audio rooms the social network launched this year.
Discussion: Tubefilter and Adweek
Wall Street Journal:
Analysis of leaked data from 4.9M Twitch accounts: the top 1% of streamers made over half of the money paid out in 2021, 3/4 made under $120, and more  —  The top 1% of paid streamers so far this year got over half of all revenue … Twitch streamer earnings this year
Amanda Meade / The Guardian:
News Corp Australia acknowledges climate change in its newspapers, drawing criticism from the left and the right, including from Murdoch commentator Andrew Bolt  —  Commentator adds voice to backlash against Mission Zero editorial project which has been criticised by some longtime supporters of climate action
Sara Fischer / Axios:
The Intercept says its ~65K memberships make up <25% of its overall funding, donations account for most of the rest, and licensing is a growing revenue stream  —  Months after Glenn Greenwald's dramatic departure, the Intercept is looking to double down on its roots in accountability journalism …
Discussion: @sarafischer
Lucy Knight / The Guardian:
Sally Rooney rejects an Israeli publisher's offer in solidarity with the Palestinian cause, will sell Hebrew rights in compliance with boycott guidelines  —  The writer has refused to sell Hebrew translation rights to her latest novel Beautiful World, Where Are You due to her stance on the Israel-Palestine conflict
Amanda Silberling / TechCrunch:
Patreon's Memberful, which helps manage subscriptions, debuts a newsletter feature that takes a 4.9% cut plus $25/month or $100/month depending on pricing plan  —  Between Facebook outages and Twitch data breaches, last week was bumpy for social platforms and the creators who build businesses on them.
Discussion: @nwquah
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Fandango says Facebook has made Vudu the official movie and TV store for Oculus VR headsets  —  In the mood to watch a movie or binge a TV series via a headset strapped to your face?  You're in luck!  —  Vudu, Fandango's TV and movie digital storefront, is now available in an app …
Discussion: The Streamable and
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Discovery+ is launching in Canada on October 19 for $4.99/month CAD with ads and $6.99/month CAD without ads
Erich Schwartzel / Wall Street Journal:
Over the past year, three Disney movies, designed to attract Chinese audiences, became embroiled in political controversies in the country
 Earlier Picks: 
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
The Daily Beast:
ShotSpotter, which detects potential gunshots and alerts police, sues Vice for $300M for defamation over articles questioning its practices and effectiveness
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